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 many 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 six books on military history. John recently returned from a Fulbright fellowship in Kiel, Germany and Athens, Greece, where the closest he came to a ski experience was riding the funicular to the top of Mount Lycabettus in Athens.
John has written 107 stories for DCSki since 2001.
West Virginia's Timberline Mountain Resort has just completed its first winter season under new ownership. DCSki Columnist John Sherwood reflects on his time at the revitalized Timberline Mountain this past season, describing the changes at the ski area and how it is transforming the entire Canaan Valley region.
Hoping to escape COVID crowds, DCSki Columnist John Sherwood recently visited Idaho's Sun Valley Resort. True to its name, he discovered sun-drenched slopes, along with spectacular scenery and a five-star resort.
The DCSki Interview Series continues with Jeff Lifgren, who is in charge of Pennsylvania resorts Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost. Jeff touches on lots of topics in this in-depth interview conducted by DCSki's John Sherwood.
Jamie Storrs started as a ski instructor in Jackson Hole and now holds one of the most important ski industry jobs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, managing communications for 20 Vail-owned resorts east of the Mississippi. John Sherwood recently interviewed Jamie to learn more about his background and Vail's new footprint in the Mid-Atlantic.
In early February, DCSki Columnist John Sherwood found himself visiting Utah's Snowbasin Resort for the sixth time in the past eight years. In this Firsthand Report, he describes his recent trip that included nearly two feet of snow, rain, sleet, and 50+ degree temperature swings.
By John Sherwood | February 17, 2020 Firsthand Report
On Friday, January 24, DCSki's John Sherwood took a snow day and traveled to Pennsylvania's Whitetail Resort. Days prior to his visit, most of Whitetail had melted, but as he describes in this Firsthand Report, aggressive snowmaking allowed Whitetail to bring 16 trails on-line in a matter of days.
By John Sherwood | January 28, 2020 Firsthand Report
In late March, John Sherwood found himself in the Seattle region and decided to make a side trip to try out the skiing at scenic Crystal Mountain Resort. He provides this report.
John Sherwood hit the slopes of Whitetail just before MLK weekend. His verdict? Whitetail is now his favorite ski resort less than 100 miles from DC, thanks to modern snowmaking, amenities, and customer service. He filed this Firsthand Report.
DCSki Columnist John Sherwood spent the days leading up to Christmas at West Virginia's Canaan Valley Resort. Although he was worried about warmer temperatures and rain, he discovered excellent early-season conditions (along with excellent customer support) and even received some fresh natural snow. He provides this Firsthand Report.
By John Sherwood | December 28, 2018
DCSki Columnist John Sherwood visited Whitetail Resort on its final day of the season. In this Firsthand Report, he describes what conditions were like.
By John Sherwood | March 27, 2018
DCSki Columnist John Sherwood spent a week skiing at Vermont's Stowe in early February, 2018. Stowe holds a special place in John's heart: it was his first big mountain experience as a teenager, his go-to resort during college breaks, and the first place he skied with his wife. John provides this Firsthand Report from his recent visit.
DCSki Columnist John Sherwood revisited his high school stomping grounds: Watchusett Mountain, in the suburbs of Boston. In this story, John describes his recent trip to Watchusett, which he describes as "the Whitetail of Massachusetts."
In February, 2017, DCSki Columnist John Sherwood visited Utah's Snowbasin Resort. In this story, he reflects on all the small and large things Snowbasin does to deliver a solid experience to visitors.
On a recent ski trip to Utah, DCSki Columnist John Sherwood spent seven days skiing at Snowbasin, and then decided to mix things up by heading to Powder Mountain. Powder Mountain quickly became one of John's favorite ski areas in Utah. He describes why in this report.
By John Sherwood | March 21, 2016
DCSki Columnist John Sherwood recently returned from a trip to the Alrberg ski region of Austria. "One could spend a month here and not ski every trail," John writes, "a season and not experience all of its ski routes and sidebound zones, and a lifetime, and never ski every off-piste line." John provides this detailed Firsthand Report on the expansive ski area located in the Alps.
DCSki Columnist John Sherwood reviews a book that describes how to properly condition in preparation for the ski season.
DCSki Columnist John Sherwood decided to forgo a ski trip to Europe, saving money by heading west to Utah's Snowbasin Resort instead. He has no regrets. John provides this detailed Firsthand Report from his trip to Snowbasin March 12-16, 2012.
We often perceive skiing more as a pastime than a sport, especially in this region where the slopes are short and almost always groomed to perfection. Skiing, though, involves many muscle groups, some of which never get properly exercised under normal circumstances. DCSki Columnist John Sherwood describes the benefits of strength training for on- and off-slope activities, using his own experiences as a guide.
DCSki Columnist John Sherwood recently made a trip to the Canaan Valley region of West Virginia, where he visited Dolly Sods, Roaring Plains (South Prong Trail), and the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. He provides some photos from his visit.
Many DCSki readers know Tim Romano and his wife Madeline. They're regular attendees at DCSki slope-side gatherings. After spending 28 years in the DC area, Tim recently packed up and moved to Logan, Utah. DCSki Columnist John Sherwood interviews Tim to learn about the differences in skiing and lifestyle between the Mid-Atlantic region and a state that includes the word "Ski" on its license plate.
John Sherwood skied at West Virginia's Timberline Resort on Sunday, and provides this Firsthand Report.
Despite less than ideal conditions, John Sherwood made his first run of the season at Timberline Resort this past weekend. He filed this Firsthand Report.
John Sherwood just returned from a trip to The Canyons, an up-and-coming ski resort in Utah that offers over 3,500 acres of skiable terrain. John filed this Firsthand Report describing the pros and cons of the ski area.