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.
Sometimes on an extended ski trip, you just don't feel like skiing. The daily grind of transporting yourself to the slopes and inventing new forms of physics to try and get your feet into your ski boots can start to wear you down. In the midst of his road trip, DCSki's Editor took a day off from skiing the slopes of Colorado to explore the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park (where he was stranded for awhile on top of a mountain in a snowstorm) and the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort.
On December 31, 2017, a middle-aged skier was discovered unresponsive around 10 a.m. on a slope at Pennsylvania's Whitetail Ski Resort and was later pronounced dead. His widow is seeking assistance from anyone who may have observed the accident.
By M. Scott Smith | January 2, 2018
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.
DCSki's Editor is in the midst of a road trip through western states, in search of snow and adventure. His first stop took him to Idaho, where he discovered nice people and nice snow at Sun Valley Resort.
By M. Scott Smith | February 14, 2018
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's Editor is currently in the midst of a western road trip, where he's seeking out snow and adventure. His first day found him heading north from Las Vegas, where he found a railroad infrastructure perfectly preserved in time.