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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 www.mscottsmith.org.

Scott has written 860 stories for DCSki since 1997.

Scott's Turn: Nov. 27, 2020

More pandemic updates; uphilling at Colorado resorts; the best all-mountain skis.

By M. Scott Smith | November 27, 2020 2 News

Interview Series: Jimmy Petterson

Jimmy Petterson has led an exciting career: he began as a teacher, but quickly pivoted to becoming a professional ski bum. He has now visited ski areas in 75 countries, documenting his adventures in books, magazine stories, and television shows. DCSki interviewed Jimmy to learn more about his travels.

By M. Scott Smith | November 8, 2020 2 Interview Series

User Highlight: Meimei "marzNC" Ma

Meimei Ma, known as "marzNC" in the DCSki Forums, has been selected as the DCSki User of the Month for November, 2020.

By M. Scott Smith | October 27, 2020 5 News

Six-Pack: Oct. 28, 2020

In The Six-Pack series, we dust off six engaging stories from the DCSki archives so you can experience them again — or for the first time.

By M. Scott Smith | October 25, 2020 News

Scott's Turn: Oct. 26, 2020

Jay Peak joins Indy; Backflipping, beer-drinking skier; resorts adapt to pandemic, and more updates from around the Web.

By M. Scott Smith | October 22, 2020 News

DCSki, Re-Tuned

We're pleased to announce the brand new DCSki. We've re-imagined, re-designed, and re-architected every aspect of the site . Take a quick tour through some of the enhancements.

By M. Scott Smith | October 8, 2020 2 News

Your Questions Answered: Mid-A Vail Resorts Properties

The deadline to purchase an Epic Pass for the 2020-2021 winter season is September 17, 2020, and many Mid-Atlantic skiers still have some questions about how skiing will work this winter at Vail Resorts properties, including Pennsylvania's Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, Whitetail, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost. Jamie Storrs, Senior Manager of Communications for Vail Resorts, Eastern Region recently fielded questions from DCSki readers.

By M. Scott Smith | September 15, 2020 1 News

Indy and Mountain Collective Passes Offer an Alternative

The Epic and Ikon mega season passes may get a lot of attention, but they're not the only passes in town. Two other passes worthy of consideration include the Mountain Collective and Indy Passes.

By M. Scott Smith | September 12, 2020 3 News

Vail Resorts Charts Out Upcoming Winter Season

Things are going to work a little bit differently at Vail Resorts properties this winter, as the company recalibrates its operations to adjust to the continuing reality of the COVID pandemic.

By M. Scott Smith | August 28, 2020 1 News

User Highlight: Morgan "The Colonel" Birge

DCSki is kicking off the User of the Month program, which will recognize some of the best members of the DCSki community. Our inaugural inductee is Morgan Birge, better known as the Colonel. Morgan has been an active participant in the DCSki Forums for over 15 years, posting over 3,000 messages. We recently interviewed Morgan to learn more about his background.

By M. Scott Smith | August 18, 2020 5 News

Interview Series: Phil and Tricia Pugliese of Pugski.com

It's a magical moment when passion collides with vocation, and Phil and Tricia Pugliese have made that a reality through their operation of Pugski.com. Pugski has always had a strong focus on ski gear, and is also known for its Forums, where a strong community of skiers and snowboarders from across the world discuss a wide variety of topics. DCSki recently interviewed Tricia and Phil to learn more about Pugski and what led them to create the popular web site.

By M. Scott Smith | May 25, 2020 6 News

The Renaissance of Timberline Mountain

It was starting to look like the lifts at a once-beloved West Virginia ski area had run for the last time. Years of struggles had led Timberline Four Seasons Resort to file for bankruptcy. Then, new owners stepped up to the plate, with a bold plan to reinvigorate the ski area. In this extensive Feature Story, DCSki covers the past, present, and future of Timberline Mountain.

By M. Scott Smith | May 6, 2020 3 News

Goggles For Docs Solicits Goggle Donations for Medical Centers

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a grass roots effort has already donated over 35,000 goggles to medical centers, but more help is needed from members of the ski and snowboard community.

By M. Scott Smith | April 26, 2020 1 News

New Lost Area Profile: Ski Denton

Ski Denton was a Pennsylvania ski area that received ample amounts of snow each winter -- usually over 100 inches annually. Located in northcentral PA, it was a bit hard to get to, but it offered a wide variety of terrain for those willing to make the trip. Ski Denton closed in 2014, although there continue to be efforts to re-open the ski area.

By M. Scott Smith | April 1, 2020 Lost Areas

New Lost Area Profile: Alpine Mountain

Alpine Mountain Ski Area was located in the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to closing ski operations around 2016, the resort was one of the oldest ski areas in Pennsylvania, and also one of the least visited, which made it a fine choice for new skiers and families looking for a lot of snow time and not a lot of crowds. DCSki captures some details about this ski area in this new Lost Ski Area profile.

By M. Scott Smith | March 29, 2020 Lost Areas

Epic vs. Ikon Pass: The Battle Begins

The ski industry has changed significantly in recent years: ski conglomerates Vail Resorts and the Alterra Mountain Company have gobbled up resorts across the country, and now offer competing "mega passes" that provide skiing and riding across dozens of properties for one historically low price. The proposition has been simple: commit to buying a mega pass in the spring, and you’ll receive countless ski days across North America the following winter. Epic and Ikon have now released pricing and details for their 2020-2021 winter season passes. In this story, DCSki takes a look at these passes from the perspective of a Mid-Atlantic skier.

By M. Scott Smith | March 3, 2020 5 Feature Story

Firsthand Report: Whitetail - Two Runs Was (More Than) Enough

Have you ever walked out of a movie, once it became clear that it was terrible and not worth spending any more time watching? DCSki's Editor did the skiing equivalent of that on the evening of February 22, 2020 at Pennsylvania's Whitetail Resort.

By M. Scott Smith | February 22, 2020 4 Firsthand Report

Interview Series: Chris Diamond, Author of Ski Inc. 2000 and Former Steamboat President

Chris Diamond is a veteran of the ski industry, having served in leadership positions at Mount Snow and Steamboat. During his 44 years in the ski business, he saw a lot of change, but nothing like he's seen since he retired in 2015. Since then, he's published two books covering his experiences in the ski industry and the tectonic shifts caused in the past few years by acquisitions and the emergence of mega passes. DCSki interviewed Chris to discuss his books, his perspective on the industry, and where he sees the industry moving forward next.

By M. Scott Smith | January 28, 2020 6 Interview Series

Interview Series: Peter Landsman, LiftBlog.com

Lifts have evolved a lot over the years, and there are now thousands in operation across the world -- ranging from simple surface lifts to high-speed gondolas that have a 1.88-mile free span between two towers. And thoroughly documenting all of those lifts -- past, present, and future -- is Peter Landsman, founder and editor of the excellent web site LiftBlog.com. DCSki recently interviewed Peter to learn more about his passion for lifts and the success he's had operating LiftBlog.

By M. Scott Smith | December 28, 2019 2 Interview Series

Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open

After a burst of cold weather in November allowed some Mid-Atlantic resorts to snag pre-Thanksgiving opening dates, the balance of resorts have now officially begun their season in recent days thanks to a stretch of snowmaking-friendly temperatures.

By M. Scott Smith | December 21, 2019 News

Firsthand Report: A Bunch of Firsts at Keystone Resort

In mid-December, DCSki's Editor got a chance to visit Colorado's Keystone Resort for the first time for his first turns of the season. He provides this detailed Firsthand Report.

By M. Scott Smith | December 17, 2019 4 Firsthand Report

Indiana-Based Perfect North Slopes Purchases Timberline Resort

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, West Virginia's Timberline Resort entered a new era as it was purchased at auction by Perfect North Slopes, adding a promising new chapter to the beleaguered resort.

By M. Scott Smith | November 21, 2019 4 News

Hidden Valley, Massanutten, Seven Springs, and Snowshoe Announce Opening Dates

Thanks to unseasonably cold temperatures in November, four additional Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will be kicking off their winter seasons by this weekend.

By M. Scott Smith | November 20, 2019 News

What's New for 2019: Wisp Resort

Wisp has made some snowmaking improvements for the 2019-2020 winter season, and has also upgraded to RFID lift tickets for a more streamlined experience.

By M. Scott Smith | November 16, 2019 What's New

What's New for 2019: Canaan Valley Resort

West Virginia's Canaan Valley Resort has been busy in recent months preparing for the upcoming winter season, making snowmaking enhancements and decreasing the time it will take for skiers and boarders to get their lift ticket and make it to the slopes.

By M. Scott Smith | November 13, 2019 What's New

Big Boulder, Blue Mountain Scheduled to Open this Weekend

We're just barely into mid-November, but mid-winter temperatures have already settled across the Mid-Atlantic, dipping below freezing and convincing many area resorts that it's a good time to commence snowmaking operations. For two Pennsylvania resorts in the Poconos, this weekend will mark the beginning of their ski season. Big Boulder plans to open on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3 p.m., while Blue Mountain plans to open on Saturday, November 16.

By M. Scott Smith | November 13, 2019 News

Snowmaking Begins at Seven Springs and Hidden Valley Resorts

Record-breaking cold temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic region may have many people wondering what happened to Fall, but for skiers and snowboarders, they welcome the early freeze. The snowmakers at Pennsylvania's Seven Springs and Hidden Valley Resorts welcomed the cold by firing up the snowguns early on the morning of November 8, 2019.

By M. Scott Smith | November 9, 2019 News

Independent and Family-Owned Ski Resorts Team Up to Offer $199 Indy Pass

There's been a lot of ski area consolidation in recent years. It almost seems like all ski areas will soon be under the ownership of just a few corporations. But there are still a lot of independent ski areas, and this winter, they're joining forces to offer an affordable multi-resort pass that will provide the chance to sample 34 ski areas across North America.

By M. Scott Smith | September 2, 2019

Want to Minor in Skiing? Now you Can

Thanks to a partnership between North Carolina's Lees-McRae College and nearby Beech Mountain Resort, students can now earn a minor degree in Ski Industry Business and Instruction.

By M. Scott Smith | September 1, 2019

News Briefs: Management Changes at Whitetail, Wisp

There has been a changing of the guard at two Mid-Atlantic ski areas as two long-time General Managers have retired. Whitetail's Don MacAskill is being succeeded by Brett Cook, while Wisp's Jerry Geisler is being succeeded by Ron Hawkes.

By M. Scott Smith | August 2, 2019

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