If only skis could talk.
Jim Kenney

Husband, father and retired civilian employee of the Department of Navy, Jim Kenney is a D.C. area native and has been skiing recreationally since 1967. Jim’s ski reporting garnered the 2009 West Virginia Division of Tourism’s Stars of the Industry Award for Best Web/Internet/E-Magazine Article.

Jim has written 128 stories for DCSki since 2000.

Firsthand Report: Laurel Mountain, the Country Club of Pennsylvania Skiing

    February 9, 2019 - 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.

Firsthand Report: The 7,000-mile Ski Road Trip

    November 24, 2018 - Last winter, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney hit the open road and drove over 7,000 miles, starting in Virginia and navigating through states such as Utah, Wyoming, and Western Canada in search of snow and skiing. He provides this detailed Firsthand Report.

Firsthand Report: President’s Weekend: Many Friends and Few Crowds

    March 27, 2018 - 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.

Firsthand Report: Canaan Valley Resort - Shelter from the Storm

    January 27, 2018 - DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney recently returned from a trip to West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort. He describes how the resort is firing on all its cylinders, offering a mix of low crowds, low prices, and low drama.

Firsthand Report: My Snowiest Week (in Utah)

    December 21, 2017 - This past January, Jim Kenney was treated to an epic 81 inches of fresh snow during a trip to Utah ski resorts - not a bad way to celebrate his 50th season skiing. He provides this Firsthand report.

Firsthand Report: White Whistler Immersion

    November 26, 2017 - In March, 2017, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney made his first ever visit to British Columbia’s Whistler-Blackcomb. He provides this Firsthand Report.

Firsthand Report: Laurel Mountain - The Legend Returns

    February 15, 2017 - On February 10, 2017, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney visited the slopes of the newly-reopened Laurel Mountain for the first time. That kicked off a great weekend of skiing which included a stop at the classic resort as well as nearby Seven Springs. Jim provides this Firsthand Report.

Firsthand Report: Defying Gravity at Canaan Valley Resort, WV

    January 15, 2017 - In early January, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney returned to Canaan Valley Resort. He describes his visit in this Firsthand Report, concluding that the West Virginia ski area continues to up its game, offering a great experience and bargain pricing.

Firsthand Report: Deer Valley Utah, a Thing of Beauty

    December 4, 2016 - DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney has skied almost every major ski area in the U.S., but he hadn’t yet been to Utah’s Deer Valley. So he fixed that in March of 2016, visiting the area that is known around the world for its service. He filed this Firsthand Report.

Firsthand Report: Aspen Supreme

    November 20, 2016 - In February, 2016, Jim Kenney had his best experience ever at Colorado’s Aspen, thanks to a recent dump of 40 inches of snow. Jim provides this Firsthand Report.

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