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John Sherwood

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 the past 8 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 five books on military history. His most recent, War in the Shallows: Navy Coastal and Riverine Warfare in Vietnam, will be published by the Government Printing Office in 2013.

John has written 91 stories for DCSki since 2001.

Going Further Afield: Wachusett Mountain, Massachusetts

    March 15, 2017 - 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.”

Firsthand Report: The Snowbasin Customer Experience

    March 10, 2017 - 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.

Going Further Afield: Powder Mountain, Utah

    March 21, 2016 - 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.

Firsthand Report: Austria’s Lech and the Arlberg

    February 22, 2015 - 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.

Snowbasin: Why I Keep Returning

    May 24, 2014 - DCSki Columnist John Sherwood is drawn to Utah’s Snowbasin Resort, and he likes the ski area so much, he keeps returning. John describes the charisma and presence of Snowbasin in this story.

Shots of the Day: Austrian Visit

    October 7, 2012 - DCSki Columnist John Sherwood recently stopped by Zell am See Kaprun during a visit to Austria. Kaprun offers high elevation skiing up to 9,843 feet. John provides a few photos from his trip.

Book Review: Ski Training - How to Ski All Day, Volume 2, The Truth About Skiing

    April 24, 2012 - DCSki Columnist John Sherwood reviews a book that describes how to properly condition in preparation for the ski season.

Going Further Afield: Snowbasin

    March 23, 2012 - 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.

Getting Fit for the Slopes: The Benefit of Strength Training for the Skier

    February 13, 2010 - 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.

Springtime Snapshots: The Canaan Valley Region in Late Spring

    June 25, 2008 - 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.

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