The following volunteer DCSki Columnists contribute many informative (and often entertaining) articles throughout the ski season, sharing insight into local and far away ski areas. You may view past articles from your favorite columnists below.
Robbie Allen learned to ski on Whitetail’s opening day! Since then his travels have taken him to many a ski area from the smallest 150-foot hill to the Swiss Alps to Ski Dubai. His passion is for small local ski areas.
When not skiing Robbie can be found in melted snow, an All American swimmer in his youth he continues to swim today. He has raced in the waters around Manhattan and across the Chesapeake Bay. Also he has completed 4 Ironman triathlons - winning the swim portion in each. When not swimming he is found working on his other goal of running 50 marathons by age 50.
An aspiring writer Robbie he has written for Sprit magazine, Metro Sports, Xtri.com, Trip Advisor.com as well as others. In his day job he is a Project Manager and/or a Naval Reserve Officer. He is married with two kids (The Team) who all ski!
Robbie has written 31 stories for DCSki since 2008.
Recent articles by Robbie:
Going Further Afield: Ski the Plastic! (November 22, 2012)
Going Further Afield: The Smallest Ski Hill in Colorado - Frisco Adventure Park (June 29, 2011)
Going Further Afield: Beaver Creek - How Heaven became Hell (April 17, 2011)
Going Further Afield: Ski Cooper - Old School Colorado (May 8, 2010)
Firsthand Report: Heroes on the Hill at Massanutten (March 24, 2010)
While actually born in the tropics (Cuba), Lou grew up in New England and went to College in Vermont, where he initially took up skiing. He then embarked on a twenty-two year Air Force piloting career that took him to over 50 countries. He has skied in Europe and America (both North and South). His second career as a senior officer with the Federal Government spanned thirteen years and in 2010, Lou retired to pursue a more leisurely life style. Lou’s spare time is almost entirely devoted to skiing, whether at West Virginia’s Snowshoe, where he has a second home, or traveling and skiing throughout New England and the Rockies. Lou also takes a yearly ski trip to Europe, having been most recently to Katschberg, Austria and Zermatt, Switzerland. He is also a pilot, scuba diver, long-distance cyclist, and marathon runner.
Lou has written 10 stories for DCSki since 2001.
Recent articles by Lou:
Firsthand Report: Altitude Skiing with no Attitude at Telluride (March 31)
Firsthand Report: Snö Mountain (February 12)
Firsthand Report: Mont Tremblant (January 26)
Firsthand Report: Retirement Celebration in Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland (April 17, 2012)
Firsthand Report: Snö Mountain (February 14, 2009)
James “Jim” Chen is a member of the National Ski Patrol and a volunteer patroller at Liberty Mountain ski area in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania. Jim has been a member of the Liberty Patrol since the 1995-1996 season. Off the slopes, Jim is the Director and Associate General Counsel for the Washington, D.C. office of Tesla Motors, Inc., a California-based company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high performance, all electric cars. During the off-season, Jim usually can be found on the Potomac River trying his luck with the local fish population.
Jim has written 23 stories for DCSki since 1999.
Recent articles by Jim:
Firsthand Report: Surprise Weekend Getaway at Northstar-at-Tahoe (January 30, 2011)
Firsthand Report: Wonderful Weekend at Liberty (December 21, 2009)
Firsthand Report: Spring Skiing in February at Liberty, February 8, 2009 (February 14, 2009)
Firsthand Report: Powder on Super Tuesday Weekend at WIsp (January 24, 2009)
Liberty Mountain Patrol Gears Up for Ski Season (November 18, 2008)
Matthew Graham is a skier as well as a hang glider and paraglider pilot, SCUBA diver, cavern diver, equestrian, polo player, sailor, hiker, biker, rock climber, paddler, and skater. He’s also yoga teacher and certified personal trainer and has dabbled in just about every other sport, even stunt car driving and bull riding! He has written for the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, USA Weekend Magazine, Hooked on the Outdoors, Richmond Magazine, Chesapeake Life Magazine, Metro Sports, American Fitness, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Recreation News and numerous other outdoor and travel publications. His wife, Karen Carra, is a freelance photographer, dancer, aerialist, skier and extreme sports athlete.
Matthew has written 26 stories for DCSki since 2002.
Recent articles by Matthew:
Firsthand Report: Keystone, the Key to Skiing Fun (February 10)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe in the Rain (January 22)
Firsthand Report and Top Five Tips: Snowshoe Mountain Resort (February 5, 2012)
Firsthand Report: A Bumpy Day at Elk (January 22, 2011)
Firsthand Report: Massanutten Weekend (February 28, 2010)
Husband, father and civilian employee of the Department of Navy, Jim Kenney is a D.C. area native and has been skiing recreationally since 1967. Jim’s ski reporting garnered the 2009 West Virginia Division of Tourism’s Stars of the Industry Award for Best Web/Internet/E-Magazine Article.
Jim has written 103 stories for DCSki since 2000.
Recent articles by Jim:
Firsthand Report: Snowy Luau at Timberline Resort (March 25)
Firsthand Report: Sierra at Tahoe - Our Huckleberry Bowl Buddies (February 17)
Firsthand Report: Kirkwood, California - Off the Beaten Track (February 17)
Firsthand Report: Wintergreen Wahoo (February 14)
Firsthand Report: Sugar Bowl, CA - Tasty Terrain Steeped in History (February 8)
Connie Lawn calls herself “The Skiing White House Reporter.” She has been covering the White House as a correspondent since 1968, and heads her own news bureau. But, as the years roll by, the passion for skiing and the mountains has become more intense. Connie now does her snow reports for DCSki. She also circulates her feature reports on radio, and is looking into television and a book about humorous ski experiences. Some of Connie’s funny ones (in Czechoslovakia in 1968) can be read in her book, You Wake Me Each Morning (iuniverse.com). Connie skis the local areas and, when possible the West, New England, New Zealand, and Europe. The industry keeps growing and Connie believe this is a good time for as many people to be involved as possible. In 2012, Connie was named An Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit by the New Zealand Government and Queen Elizabeth. One of the reasons cited was for her writing about skiing in New Zealand! In this photo, she is seen with New Zealand Ambassador Mike Moore.
Connie has written 162 stories for DCSki since 2003.
Recent articles by Connie:
Firsthand Report: Liberty Mountain Resort (March 25)
Firsthand Report: Warfighter Weekend at Liberty Mountain Resort and Gettysburg, PA (March 6)
Firsthand Report: Whitetail Resort (February 20)
Firsthand Report: Ninth Annual Warriors Conference at Wintergreen (January 27)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe Mountain Resort (January 13)
J.R. Patten is an outdoor nut and would probably still live in the middle of the woods if the animals hadn’t kicked him out for being uncivilized. He does anything and everything that gets him outside, and a lot more other stuff than he has time for. Among other seemingly unrelated things, he enjoys playing banjo, running ultramarathons, doing freelance web development, backpacking, camping, kayaking, reading, writing, and spending what little money he has traveling places. He also manages to get to class at Georgia Tech from time to time, where he is majoring in Computer Science.
If he’s not at the computer or in class, you can find him in the mountains of north Georgia, the Smokies, or his new favorite place east of the Mississippi: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. However, more and more frequently you’ll find him in the mountains west of the Mississippi. If and when he ever gets out of school, he plans on moving out west, starting a company, and doing fun stuff all day long.
J.R. has written 3 stories for DCSki since 2008.
Recent articles by J.R.:
Vail: Getting There is Half the Fun (or: It’s the Misadventures) (January 6, 2009)
Firsthand Report: The Canyons (December 26, 2008)
Firsthand Report: The Canyons, Utah (August 6, 2008)
John Sherwood hails from Bedford, Massachusetts - the snow belt of Boston’s western suburbs. He first experienced the joys of skiing on the 240-foot vertical slopes of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Massachusetts. As a teenager, he enjoyed skiing at Gunstock, Waterville Valley, and Stowe. A season pass holder at Timberline for the past 8 years, John now considers himself a connoisseur of West Virginia powder. John also enjoys skiing in Europe, where he has skied or visited over twenty resorts, mainly in Austria. More recently, he has taken a keen interest in Utah’s Wasatch mountains.
In addition to DCSki, John has published winter sports related articles in the The Slovak Spectator, Financial Times, Ski Racing Magazine, and the SkiEurope Report, and has written five books on military history. His most recent, War in the Shallows: Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam, will be published by the Government Printing Office in 2013.
John has written 86 stories for DCSki since 2001.
Recent articles by John:
Shots of the Day: Austrian Visit (October 7, 2012)
Book Review: Ski Training - How to Ski All Day, Volume 2, The Truth About Skiing (April 24, 2012)
Going Further Afield: Snowbasin (March 23, 2012)
Getting Fit for the Slopes: The Benefit of Strength Training for the Skier (February 13, 2010)
Springtime Snapshots: The Canaan Valley Region in Late Spring (June 25, 2008)
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 www.mscottsmith.org.
Scott is a member of the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.
Scott has written 748 stories for DCSki since 1997.
Recent articles by Scott:
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Pushes into April (March 28)
“Hope on the Slopes” Event Comes to Canaan Valley Resort March 1-2, 2013 (February 20)
Desert Images of Snow (February 17)
Firsthand Report: Vail and the Vail Village at Night (February 8)
Cold Front Brings Back Winter (January 20)