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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 is a member of the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Scott has written 829 stories for DCSki since 1997.

What’s New for 2019: Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail to Invest $3.5 Million in Snowmaking Enhancements

    April 3, 2019 - 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.

What’s New for 2019: Sugar Mountain to Install New High-Speed Quad

    April 2, 2019 - Fifty years ago, the two passenger, fixed-grip Easy Street chairlift was installed at Sugar Mountain. This summer, the North Carolina ski resort will retire the old lift and replace it with a brand new, state-of-the-art quad detachable.

Assessing the Value of the Peak Pass

    March 13, 2019 - 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.

Peak Disappointment: Season Pass Price Hikes at Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail Upset Many Mid-Atlantic Skiers

    March 12, 2019 - 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.

Firsthand Report, Times Three: Whitetail, Fire in Ice at Frederick, and Liberty Mountain

    February 4, 2019 - During the first three days of February, DCSki’s Editor sampled three winter treats: a night of fresh-powder skiing at Whitetail; an evening exploring downtown Frederick during its Fire in Ice event; and an evening skiing at Liberty Mountain Resort. He provides this triple play Firsthand Report.

Firsthand Report: After the Crowds at Whitetail

    January 29, 2019 - DCSki’s Editor made his first turns of the season Sunday evening at Whitetail. As he describes in this detailed Firsthand Report, the masses of skiers and snowboarders that descend upon Whitetail on weekends largely dissipate by sundown on Sunday, setting the stage for a serene (if sometimes icy) night of skiing.

The Season So Far

    January 3, 2019 - The 2018-2019 winter season is off to a rocky start, with above-average temperatures throughout much of December. DCSki provides a roundup of current conditions and struggles across the Mid-Atlantic.

Rain Tries to Crash Party, but More Resorts Slated to Open

    December 20, 2018 - Early-season cold temperatures enabled many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, but the cold gave way to some bouts of milder temps and heavy rain, which has delayed the start of the season for some resorts. Although pre-Christmas rain is still adding to the challenge, several additional resorts plan to open in the coming days.

The Season Begins! Mid-Atlantic Resorts Begin Opening

    November 22, 2018 - It’s not summer anymore. That will become abundantly obvious on Thanksgiving, when temperatures in the northeast and Mid-Atlantic are expected to plunge to their lowest turkey day reading in over a century. That’s allowed several resorts to move towards the “open” column.

Winter Arrives Early

    November 16, 2018 - Do you enjoy Fall? If you blinked, it looks like you missed it this year. But that’s OK — it just means the ski season will arrive quicker. The arrival of colder temperatures has allowed many Mid-Atlantic resorts to fire up the snowguns, as they charge towards opening dates.
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