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.
The honeymoon didn't last long. Last week, Mid-Atlantic skiers and snowboarders awakened to a new reality: now that Missouri-based Peak Resorts, Inc. owns Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail Resorts, changes are afoot. And these changes mean there could be much less change in the pockets of local winter sports enthusiasts starting next winter. That has led to outrage on the part of many Mid-Atlantic skiers.
During one summer, DCSki's Editor discovered his all-time favorite hiking trail in a remote part of Canyonlands National Park, but in the 105-degree heat he ran out of water before exploring the whole trail. Driving between Colorado and Utah, he made an excursion to Canyonlands to re-tackle this trail, but his plans were almost scuttled by snow.
This week marks the end of an era for the Mid-Atlantic, with Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail changing ownership from Snow Time, Inc. to midwest-based Peak Resorts. DCSki provides a detailed history of the Snow Time resorts that Irv Naylor started in 1964.
DCSki's Editor continues his road trip, stopping by Colorado's Vail Resort. Vail is a world-class resort, checking off an awful lot of boxes: expansive terrain, modern lift infrastructure, and a vibrant town. He tried to experience as much of Vail as possible in one day and provides this report.
Jim Kenney hit the trifecta of fine ski conditions last weekend at Pennsylvania's Laurel Mountain Resort, experiencing a powder Friday, bluebird Saturday, and spring skiing Sunday. The icing on the cake? Spending the weekend in person with a couple dozen friends met through on-line communities such as DCSki. Jim provides this Firsthand Report of the unspoiled Laurel Mountain.
By Jim Kenney | February 9, 2019
DCSki lost a valuable member of its community on April 2, 2018. Connie Lawn -- the "Skiing White House Reporter" who contributed 178 stories to DCSki over the past 15 years -- passed away at the age of 73.
For his final ski day during Snow Trip 2018, DCSki's Editor headed to the slopes of Deer Valley, a Utah resort known for its service and frequent top ranking in the U.S. Unfortunately, the flu caught up with him and kept him from exploring all of the resort.
DCSki recently covered the outrage many Mid-Atlantic skiers are having over the elimination of popular season pass products at Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail. The new Peak Passes are priced significantly higher but expand the number of ski areas available. Does that justify the higher cost? We analyze the properties that are part of the Peak Resorts portfolio to assist skiers in determining whether the substantially higher pricing of these passes is worth it.
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.
Back in February, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney came up with a strategy to avoid President's Weekend crowds, jumping between Canaan Valley Resort, Laurel Mountain, and Seven Springs Resort. In this Firsthand Report, he describes how he avoided crowds and mostly avoided rain.
By Jim Kenney | March 27, 2018