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M. Scott Smith

Scott is Editor and founder of DCSki. He writes the articles, takes the photographs, designs the pages, programs the site, pays the bills, and occasionally catches a wink of sleep. In addition to DCSki, Scott works full time as a researcher and computer scientist.

Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, travel, skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer, and also plays keyboards and drums. Scott grew up in Colorado and currently resides in Maryland. (That’s right - he went from Colorado to Maryland - what was he thinking?!) Scott maintains a personal weblog at

Scott is a member of the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Scott has written 819 stories for DCSki since 1997.

End of an Era: Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, and Whitetail Resorts Sold to Peak Resorts

    September 25, 2018 - This week marks the end of an era for the Mid-Atlantic, with Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail changing ownership from Snow Time, Inc. to midwest-based Peak Resorts. DCSki provides a detailed history of the Snow Time resorts that Irv Naylor started in 1964.

“The Skiing White House Reporter” Connie Lawn Passes Away

    April 2, 2018 - DCSki lost a valuable member of its community on April 2, 2018. Connie Lawn — the “Skiing White House Reporter” who contributed 178 stories to DCSki over the past 15 years — passed away at the age of 73.

Firsthand Report: Spring Skiing at Whitetail

    March 18, 2018 - It may be March 18, but many Mid-Atlantic ski areas are still hanging onto the ski season by a thread. Whitetail has taken advantage of recent cold nights to make snow, allowing it to keep some slopes open with springlike conditions. DCSki’s Editor swung by Whitetail on a sunny Sunday afternoon to check out the conditions.

Snow Trip 2018: Fighting the Flu at Deer Valley

    March 11, 2018 - For his final ski day during Snow Trip 2018, DCSki’s Editor headed to the slopes of Deer Valley, a Utah resort known for its service and frequent top ranking in the U.S. Unfortunately, the flu caught up with him and kept him from exploring all of the resort.

Snow Trip 2018: 30” of Fresh Snow at Utah’s Snowbasin Resort

    March 10, 2018 - DCSki’s Editor is in the midst of a road trip through western states, in search of snow and adventure. After skiing in Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado, he arrived in Utah, just after 30” of fresh snow arrived. He heads to Snowbasin Resort, a favorite among locals and DCSki readers.

Snow Trip 2018: An All-Time Favorite Hike at Canyonlands National Park

    March 7, 2018 - During one summer, DCSki’s Editor discovered his all-time favorite hiking trail in a remote part of Canyonlands National Park, but in the 105-degree heat he ran out of water before exploring the whole trail. Driving between Colorado and Utah, he made an excursion to Canyonlands to re-tackle this trail, but his plans were almost scuttled by snow.

Snow Trip 2018: The Sun Debuts at Beaver Creek

    March 5, 2018 - After spending a day at Vail, DCSki’s Editor continued his Snow Trip by visiting Beaver Creek Resort, known for low crowds and luxury. He discovered a surprisingly diverse amount of terrain, enough to keep beginners and experts equally satisfied.

Snow Trip 2018: Vail - All of the Things

    March 4, 2018 - DCSki’s Editor continues his road trip, stopping by Colorado’s Vail Resort. Vail is a world-class resort, checking off an awful lot of boxes: expansive terrain, modern lift infrastructure, and a vibrant town. He tried to experience as much of Vail as possible in one day and provides this report.

Snow Trip 2018: Adventure and Relaxation Off the Slopes at Glenwood Springs, Colorado

    February 27, 2018 - Sometimes on an extended ski trip, you just don’t feel like skiing. The daily grind of transporting yourself to the slopes and inventing new forms of physics to try and get your feet into your ski boots can start to wear you down. In the midst of his road trip, DCSki’s Editor took a day off from skiing the slopes of Colorado to explore the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (where he was stranded for awhile on top of a mountain in a snowstorm) and the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort.

Snow Trip 2018: A Re-do at Aspen Snowmass Resort

    February 24, 2018 - DCSki’s Editor continues his road trip with a stop at Colorado’s Snowmass Resort. His first day there was less than ideal: Presidents’ Day Weekend crowds mobbed the resort while strong winds shut down many of the lifts. But he tried again later in the week, and discovered why Snowmass is a favorite of many skiers and boarders.

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