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Looking Back: The Top 25 Most Popular Stories of 2007
By M. Scott Smith, DCSki Editor
January 5, 2008

During 2007, DCSki published 107 original news stories, feature reports, and Firsthand Reports from 15 individual contributors. (Readers contributed over 500 comments on stories, in addition to thousands of posts in the DCSki Message Forum.) The following list contains the 25 most popular articles DCSki published during 2007, starting with the most-read article.

1. Winter Scenes: Some Shots from the Region

    After balmy weather, winter took a turn back towards winter in mid-January, 2007, and this article provided several photos showing fresh snow. For some reason, this article had over five times as many hits as the next most popular article on DCSki during 2007 -; perhaps because a high-profile news site linked directly to it. Published on January 17, 2007 by M. Scott Smith.

2. Resorts Make Rapid Recovery

    Resorts took advantage of the return of cold temperatures to make snow, after cold temperatures had disappeared in mid-December, 2006. Published on January 10, 2007 by M. Scott Smith.

3. Winter Weather Predictions for the Mid-Atlantic

    Although he’s not a meteorologist, Ed Fowler spends time each October studying forecasts from multiple sources in an effort to make predictions about the upcoming ski season. He shared his predictions for the 2007-2008 Mid-Atlantic winter season in this guest article. Published on October 25, 2007 by Ed Fowler.

4. What’s New for 2007: Snowshoe Mountain Resort

    Readers were very interested in reading about three new trails cut at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort over the summer. Published on August 11, 2007 by M. Scott Smith.

5. Resorts Offer Deep March Discounts and Excellent Conditions

    March 2007 arrived, but the ski season wasn’t over. Resorts had built up strong bases and continued to make snow as temperatures permit. DCSki described efforts by resorts to keep visitors coming to the slopes by offering some great spring discounts. Published on March 6, 2007 by M. Scott Smith.

6. Who’s Open? A Detailed Look at Mid-Atlantic Ski Areas

    Even on March 20, 2007, the majority of resorts in the Mid-Atlantic were still open for skiing and snowboarding. DCSki provided an update on conditions and closing plans, as some resorts planned to keep the lifts running into April. DCSki provides a complete roundup as of March 20, 2007. Published on March 20, 2007 by M. Scott Smith.

7. A Late Ski Winter Escape to Switzerland

    Writing from Switzerland, Iwan F. Fuchs provided some tips on finding good spring skiing deals in Switzerland. Before moving back to Switzerland, Iwan served as the Ski School Director at Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley Resort. During the Fall of 2007, Iwan moved back to the states and is now working at Seven Springs. Published on April 3, 2007 by Iwan Fuchs.

8. Going Further Afield: Aspen Extreme! (Well, maybe Mt. Brighton)

    In March, DCSki’s Traveling Correspondent Robbie Allen visited the hallowed grounds of Mt. Brighton, Michigan, which was the launching point for two skiers in a classic Hollywood skiing movie. Published on April 7, 2007 by Robbie Allen.

9. Firsthand Report: Peak Time at Blue Knob

    Perfect conditions at Blue Knob in late February, 2007 led to one of Jim Kenney’s most memorable ski experiences in the past few years. Jim described his trip in this Firsthand Report. Published on February 20, 2007 by Jim Kenney.

10. Firsthand Report: Jackson Hole

    After returning from her second trip to Jackson Hole, Anne Fitzpatrick sent in a Firsthand Report, describing how the unpretentious Wyoming ski area offers something for everyone. Published on February 19, 2007 by Anne Fitzpatrick.

11. Avoiding Weekend Crowds at Wisp and Whitetail: Two Firsthand Reports

    Matthew Graham spent two back-to-back weekends skiing, first at Wisp and then at Whitetail, and managed to avoid crowds each time. He spilled the beans on how to avoid weekend crowds and described the stellar conditions in this entertaining Firsthand Report. Published on February 6, 2007 by Matthew Graham.

12. Going Further Afield: Crystal Ridge Ski Area, Wisconsin

    In a midwest skiing adventure, Robbie Allen skied a trash heap. Literally. In this Firsthand Report he described skiing at Crystal Ridge, a ski area located on a landfill in the city limits of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Published on April 3, 2007 by Robbie Allen.

13. Firsthand Report: Timberline, December 30-31, 2006

    Despite less than ideal conditions in late 2006, John Sherwood documented his first run of the 2006-2007 winter season at Timberline Resort in this Firsthand Report. Published on January 1, 2007 by John Sherwood.

14. Postcard from Sun Valley, Idaho

    A DCSki reader provided a description of Sun Valley, Idaho, after returning from a week-long trip. Published on February 12, 2007 by JC.

15. Balmy Weather Takes its Toll on Mid-Atlantic Skiing

    The ski season was off to a reasonable start. Resorts big and small began launching their season during the first two weeks of December. And then, the cold air swirled away and disappeared from the region, as if frightened away by an unseen force -; global warming, or perhaps El Nino, theorized many skiers as they looked forlornly at quickly-melting slopes. Since mid-December 2006, sustained cold weather hadn’t returned when DCSki published this story in early January, 2007, causing much damage to area snow bases. Published on January 8, 2007 by M. Scott Smith.

16. Bryce Has Snow: A Firsthand Report

    Jim Kenney took three of his children to Virginia’s Bryce Resort on a weekend in late January, 2007, exploring the amenities of the family-run resort and enjoying great snow conditions and fresh powder. Jim filed this Firsthand Report. Published on January 24, 2007 by Jim Kenney.

17. "Special Love" Ski Weekend at Canaan Valley Resort: A Firsthand Report

    Rain and warm weather didn’t dampen spirits at the Special Love weekend at Canaan Valley Resort, held in mid January, 2007. Connie Lawn and her husband, Charles Sneiderman, volunteered over a holiday weekend to help introduce the joys of skiing to children and families of those who have or have had cancer. Connie provided this detailed Firsthand Report. Published on January 16, 2007 by Connie Lawn.

18. Looking Back: The Top 20 Most Popular Stories of 2006

    It’s deja vu all over again. DCSki’s look back at the 20 most popular stories in 2006 was one of its 20 most popular stories in 2007. Yeah, our head hurts a bit, too. Published on January 1, 2007 by M. Scott Smith.

19. Going Further Afield: Mad River Mountain

    In February 2007, Robbie Allen skied Mad River Mountain. No - not the Mad River you’re thinking of, but about 500 miles southwest. Learn more in Robbie’s Firsthand Report. Published on March 19, 2007 by Robbie Allen.

20. Going Further Afield: Perfect North Slopes

    A “perfect delay’ turns into a “perfect day” as an overbooked flight into Cincinnati turned into an opportunity for Robbie Allen to ski nearby Perfect North Slopes. Robbie’s midwest travels again provided an opportunity to try out a small, local midwest ski area. Published on February 19, 2007 by Robbie Allen.

21. Video from the Slopes: Colleen Kenney Interviews Bryce’s Ryan Locher

    Daughter of DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney, Colleen Kenney is a senior at American University majoring in Communications. After a night of supervising snowmaking and other mountain operations, Ryan Locher, Mountain Manager at Bryce Resort, was awoken from an afternoon nap and generously agreed to join Colleen for this brief video interview. Published on January 24, 2007 by Colleen Kenney.

22. Firsthand Report: Snowshoe, Feb. 11-15, 2007

    Guest contributor George Lyle describesd a trip to West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Published on February 23, 2007 by George Lyle.

23. Going Further Afield: The Home of the Newest Ski Conglomerate - St Louis, MO?

    Robbie Allen’s midwest travels during the 2006-2007 winter season took him to St. Louis Missouri, where he discovered another Hidden Valley Ski Area. Published on March 22, 2007 by Robbie Allen.

24. Liberty Mountain Enhances Safety Efforts

    Ski patroller James Chen described efforts at Liberty Mountain Resort to raise awareness of skier and snowboarder safety. This story received more reader comments than any other story in 2007. Published on February 19, 2007 by James Chen.

25. Liberty Mountain Firsthand Report: Wounded Warriors, Spring Fling, and Wacky Aliens

    A late-season weekend at Liberty Mountain Resort was many things: both wacky and touching, with plenty of good snow conditions to go around. Connie Lawn provided a Firsthand Report explaining why Liberty employees dressed up like aliens. She also provided a description of the Wounded Warrior Weekend, which brought wounded soldiers to the slopes. Published on March 6, 2007 by Connie Lawn.

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