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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

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

Scott has written 847 stories for DCSki since 1997.

New Lost Ski Area Profile: Ski Denton

    April 1, 2020 - 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.

New Lost Ski Area Profile: Alpine Mountain

    March 29, 2020 - 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.

Epic vs. Ikon Pass: The Battle Begins

    March 3, 2020 - 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 you’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.

Firsthand Report: Whitetail - Two Runs Was (More Than) Enough

    February 22, 2020 - 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.

DCSki Interview Series: Chris Diamond, Author of Ski Inc. 2000 and Former Steamboat President

    January 28, 2020 - 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.

DCSki Interview Series: Peter Landsman,

    December 28, 2019 - 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 DCSki recently interviewed Peter to learn more about his passion for lifts and the success he’s had operating LiftBlog.

Just in Time for the Holidays, All Mid-Atlantic Resorts are Open

    December 21, 2019 - 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.

Firsthand Report: A Bunch of Firsts at Keystone Resort

    December 17, 2019 - 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.

Indiana-Based Perfect North Slopes Purchases Timberline Resort

    November 21, 2019 - 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.

Hidden Valley, Massanutten, Seven Springs, and Snowshoe Announce Opening Dates

    November 20, 2019 - Thanks to unseasonably cold temperatures in November, four additional Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will be kicking off their winter seasons by this weekend.

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