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 51 stories for DCSki since 2008.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen is always in search of interesting ski experiences across the country. In his latest report, he describes a visit to New Jersey's Mountain Creek Resort.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen is always searching for smaller ski areas, and he recently found one that's located on Army property but is open to the public. He describes his trip there in this report.
Robbie Allen is always on the search for small ski areas that are off the beaten path, and he never disappoints. In this report, he describes a recent trip to California's China Peak. Getting there with his son was an adventure, but well worth it.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen travels the country searching for local ski areas you may not have heard of, and his latest travels take him to Vermont's Burke Mountain Resort. You may not have heard of the resort, but you've probably heard of some famous skiers who cut their teeth on the mountain's slopes.
By Robbie Allen | January 8, 2019
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen continues his quest for off the beaten track ski areas, and he recently found another to add to his list: the locally-run Magic Mountain in Vermont. He provides this account of the independent ski area.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen visits New Hampshire's Cannon Mountain and describes the classic ski area, likening it to a bigger version of West Virginia's Canaan Valley Resort.
Always on the hunt for mom and pop ski areas, DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen was recently in New Hampshire and visited Pats Peak Ski Area. In this report, he describes the magical night skiing environment there.
After a recent visit to Connecticut, DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen has now skied in 27 states. In his latest installment to the Going Further Afield series, Robbie describes his trip to Mohawk Mountain, which holds a spot in ski history for its groundbreaking work in snowmaking over half a century ago.
By Robbie Allen | December 31, 2017
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen keeps finding small ski areas across the country that ski big. In his latest installment, Robbie describes a recent trip to Idaho's Lookout Pass Ski Area.
Robbie Allen was in Colorado for the Thanksgiving holiday, and rather than spending Black Friday shopping for deals, he pointed his car towards the snowiest ski area in Colorado: Wolf Creek. He provides this report on the diminutive ski area.
What do you get when you mix a ski area (Stevens Pass in Washington state), an outstanding cause (cancer research), and a bunch of motivated skier and boarders? DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen recently found out, when he participated in a 24-hour ski challenge as part of HOPE on the Slopes. He provides this report.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen always seems to be finding off-the-beaten-track ski areas, and during a recent trip to Washington state, he discovered Hurricane Ridge. In this Firsthand Report, Robbie describes the "old school skiing" he found at Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard Area, located right in Olympic National Park.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen was looking for a White Christmas, so he packed up his family and headed to Utah. There, he discovered plenty of snow at four ski areas: Snowbird, Deer Valley, Brighton, and Solitude. Robbie provides this Firsthand Report.
Due to the ongoing drought, California ski areas struggled through the winter, but a series of snowstorms in May allowed Mammoth Mountain to stay open into mid-May. This provided DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen with a chance to make some late-season turns. He checks in with this report.
By Robbie Allen | May 31, 2015
On a trip out west, DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen swung by June Mountain Ski Area, the "little sister" to Mammoth Mountain. With ample snow, 3,000 feet of vertical drop, and no crowds, Robbie was more than satisfied with the extra 20 minutes it takes to drive to June. Robbie provides this Firsthand Report.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen wasn't content to hang up his skis just yet. Thanks to a late-season blizzard, he swung by California's Kirkwood Mountain Resort for late-April skiing. He describes the experience, noting that steep trails truly make Kirkwood a "Skier's Mountain."
While the Mid-Atlantic was getting snow over the weekend, DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen was skiing in snow-starved New England. He provides this Firsthand Report from New Hampshire's Waterville Valley.
Robbie Allen recently found himself in Lynchburg, Virginia, and decided to try skiing some runs at the Snowflex Centre. What makes Snowflex unique is that it isn't made out of snow, but rather misted plastic, providing a surface that can be skied year-round. Robbie provides his assessment of the experience.
While on a Colorado ski trip during the Spring of 2011, DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen swung by a local tubing/ski hill in Frisco, Colorado. He provides this Firsthand Report.
By Robbie Allen | June 29, 2011
Robbie Allen recently returned from his family's annual spring ski trip to Colorado. While there, they visited Beaver Creek to experience its heaven-like skiing. A sudden and freak lightning storm turned the visit into an unexpected adventure.
Robbie Allen was able to squeeze another ski day out of the season with a late-season trip to Ski Cooper, Colorado. He describes the throwback ski area, which provided great skiing on Easter Day for his family at a very affordable price.
The rain and time change didn't stop a few folks from coming out for Massanutten's Heroes on the Hill day on March 14, 2010. Robbie Allen provides this Firsthand Report.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen travels the country looking for unique skiing experiences. And he recently found one in Orlando, Florida. Admittedly, the skiing was on water, but the source of locomotion might be strangely familiar to any snow skier. Robbie provides this Firsthand Report.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen is known for finding small ski areas tucked into unusual places, such as the midwest, but he also found a local ski hill in Colorado worth a visit -; Sunlight Mountain Resort, near Glenwood Springs. Robbie provides this Firsthand Report describing the ski area and other attractions at Glenwood Springs.
DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen organized a spring ski trip for his family to Colorado, hitting several ski areas along the I-70 corridor. Robbie provides this detailed Firsthand Report on their experience at Breckenridge.
What do you call a ski area only 35 miles from Denver, Colorado, with only one chairlift, not much of a trail map, and night skiing? DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen calls it a "very cool idea." He provides this description of the small ski area.
In late December, DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen visited Spring Mountain, a small ski area just outside of Philadelphia. He found that Spring Mountain offers a bit of midwestern-style skiing. He provides this Firsthand Report.