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 858 stories for DCSki since 1997.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 youâ€™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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Vail Resorts announced on Monday, July 22, 2019 its intent to acquire Peak Resorts, setting in motion another seismic shift in the ski industry -- and a further round of consolidation that leaves few players in charge of an ever-widening set of ski areas across the United States.
On April 2, 2019, Peak Resorts, Inc. announced that it will be investing $3.5 million in capital improvement projects this summer at Pennsylvania ski areas Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, and Whitetail Resort, with a focus on snowmaking enhancements.
By M. Scott Smith | April 3, 2019