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Re-Breaking News: Mid-Atlantic Resorts to Transition to Vertical Hopscotching
April 1: Due to an unseasonably warm string of winters, many Mid-Atlantic ski resorts will be using this summer to shift their focus from skiing and snowboarding to vertical hopscotching, a new sport that has seen rising popularity. (From the DCSki Archives.) (13 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Altitude Skiing with no Attitude at Telluride
March 31: In mid-March, DCSki Columnist Lou Botta spent four days at Colorado’s Telluride Ski Resort., In this Firsthand Report, he provides a detailed look at the experience, concluding with three simple words: “I love Telluride.” (2 reader comments)
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Pushes into April
March 28: Yes, you can still ski or board in the Mid-Atlantic. Several resorts have announced that they plan to remain open into early April.
Firsthand Report: Snowy Luau at Timberline Resort
March 25: Jim Kenney thought he was done writing trip reports for the 2012-2013 season, but after one last trip to Timberline Resort in West Virginia, he had to share. He describes the Snowy Luau festival and prime late season conditions at Timberline. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Liberty Mountain Resort
March 25: Connie Lawn provides a late-season Firsthand Report from Liberty Mountain Resort, which recently held a “bring your pets to the slope” event. Liberty plans to stay open through March 30, 2013, conditions permitting.
Firsthand Report: Warfighter Weekend at Liberty Mountain Resort and Gettysburg, PA
March 6: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman participated in the Warfighter Weekend at Liberty Mountain Resort on March 3, 2013. The annual event hosts injured military veterans and their families for a weekend on the slopes.
“Hope on the Slopes” Event Comes to Canaan Valley Resort March 1-2, 2013
February 20: The 2nd annual “Hope on the Slopes” event is returning to West Virginia’s Canaan Valley Resort March 1-2, 2013, to help raise funds on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
Firsthand Report: Whitetail Resort
February 20: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman visited Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort over the Presidents Day holiday weekend, discovering prime conditions. They provide this Firsthand Report, describing Whitetail’s Adaptive program and sharing plans for future enhancements by Whitetail General Manager Don MacAskill.
Desert Images of Snow
February 17: On a recent winter road trip through the southwest desert, DCSki’s Editor captured photographs of the magical ingredient that makes skiing possible: snow. He provides this collection of shots from national parks such as Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches.
Firsthand Report: Sierra at Tahoe - Our Huckleberry Bowl Buddies
February 17: Sometimes lunch is worth skipping. Especially when a foot of fresh snow falls the night before. That’s the verdict Jim Kenney made on a recent ski trip to Sierra at Tahoe.
Firsthand Report: Kirkwood, California - Off the Beaten Track
February 17: The Kirkwood ski area is a bit off the beaten track, located 45 minutes south of Lake Tahoe, but on a recent trip, Jim Kenney discovered it’s worth a visit. He provides this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Wintergreen Wahoo
February 14: Jim Kenney has been skiing at Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort for the past 25 years. That tradition continued with a visit this past weekend, where Jim found Wintergreen’s 25 trails dressed in wonderful snow. Jim provides this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Snö Mountain
February 12: DCSki Columnist Lou Botta recently returned to Snö Mountain, where he discovered great skiing, but dining options that left a bit to be desired. He provides this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Keystone, the Key to Skiing Fun
February 10: DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham spent time skiing at what he calls one of the country’s most beautiful resorts: Keystone Resort in Colorado. He provides this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Roundtop Mountain Resort
February 9: Ed Fowler describes a recent trip to Roundtop Mountain Resort, finding good snow conditions, less crowded slopes, and hardly any lift lines.
Firsthand Report: Vail and the Vail Village at Night
February 8: DCSki’s Editor just wrapped up a day of skiing at Vail, and a night exploring Vail Village. He provides a Firsthand Report and pictorial, showing a snowy Vail Village at night. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Sugar Bowl, CA - Tasty Terrain Steeped in History
February 8: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney reports on his first-ever visit to Sugar Bowl, California, a Lake Tahoe ski area rich in history.
Firsthand Report: Alpine Meadows — Once Is Not Enough
January 31: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney skied the Alpine Meadows ski area in California in early January, 2013. He provides this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Ninth Annual Warriors Conference at Wintergreen
January 27: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman spent the past weekend at Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort, attending activities for Wounded Warriors. They filed this Firsthand Report. (5 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Squaw Valley - This Place Has the Goods
January 27: Heart-stopping steeps are all over the place at Squaw Valley, observes DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney. He provides this Firsthand Report after visiting the California ski area earlier in January.
Firsthand Report: Mont Tremblant
January 26: Returning to Mont Tremblant after a long absence, DCSki Columnist Lou Botta discovered that the Canadian ski resort has undergone a lot of changes since his college days. He provides this detailed Firsthand Report from a mid-January trip. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Homewood, California - Beautiful Eye Opener
January 26: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney recently stumbled onto one of the prettiest double black diamond runs of his life at Homewood, a folksy ski resort in Northern California. He provides this Firsthand Report. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe in the Rain
January 22: Can skiing in the pelting rain at Snowshoe be fun? If you’re DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham, it sure can be. He describes his recent rainy adventure in this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Skiing Mt. Bachelor - Naturally
January 21: According to DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney, the prospect of skiing 360 degrees off the top of a 9,000-foot white volcano presented an irresistible draw to Mt. Bachelor, Oregon. In late December, Jim made the trek to the Oregon ski area. He provides this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Cold Front Brings Back Winter
January 20: It seems like a January thaw has become par for the course for the mid-Atlantic. Thankfully, a cold front has pushed away warm weather, and snowguns are now roaring back to life. Temperatures over the next 5-10 days will remain below freezing with overnight lows dipping into the teens, providing a chance for significant snowmaking opportunities.
Postcard from Crested Butte, Colorado
January 20: A DCSki reader just returned from Crested Butte, Colorado, where he experienced low temperatures in the negative double digits. Did the cold and relatively modest 26-inch base dampen the skiing? Not at all. He provides this Firsthand Report. (3 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
January 13: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman spent the weekend at West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort. They filed this Firsthand Report. (7 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Liberty Mountain Resort
January 6: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman visited Liberty Mountain Resort on Saturday, making their first turns of the season and assisting Blue Ridge Adaptive Snow Sports (BRASS). They provide this Firsthand Report. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Whitetail Resort
January 4: A midweek escape to Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort on Thursday revealed the perfect skiing trifecta: plenty of sun, plenty of snow, and no crowds. DCSki’s Editor provides this Firsthand Report from his first turns of the season. (3 reader comments)
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Gains Momentum
December 27, 2012: A shot of cold air and some natural snow has helped launch the 2012-2013 winter season in a big way. Find out the status of Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
Wisp Emerges from Bankruptcy
December 24, 2012: A downturn in the real estate market forced Wisp Resort to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Fall of 2011, but thanks to a new ownership structure, the Maryland ski area has emerged from bankruptcy and is charging forward.
Firsthand Report: Early Season Skiing at Seven Springs, PA
December 23, 2012: There’s never a dull moment for mid-Atlantic snowsports enthusiasts. Weather-wise we’re off to another roller coaster ski season, but the folks at Seven Springs, PA are doing their utmost to get in the game, as Jim Kenney discovered on an early-season trip on December 15, 2012. Jim provides this Firsthand Report.
What’s New for 2012: Hidden Valley Resort
December 23, 2012: Visitors to Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley Resort will find a number of improvements this winter, including a widened Voyager trail and snowmaking enhancements.
Hidden Valley, Seven Springs to open Friday
November 29, 2012: On Friday, November 30, 2012, Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley and Seven Springs Resorts will kick off their ski seasons.
What’s New for 2012: Wintergreen Resort
November 25, 2012: Wintergreen Resort is in the midst of a major snowmaking upgrade, which will double its already impressive snowmaking production.
What’s New for 2012: The Homestead
November 25, 2012: This winter, The Homestead debuts the Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland, which will provide ice skating and swimming in addition to skiing.
The Weekly Altitude
November 25, 2012: The Weekly Altitude provides a look at what’s happening in the Mid-Atlantic ski and snowboard scene. In this weeks issue: Ready, Set, Fire the Snowguns!; Kickstarter Project aims to develop Adventure Case for iPhone; North Carolina Ski Areas Association Offers “Gold Cards.”
What’s New for 2012: Beech Mountain Resort
November 22, 2012: North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort is celebrating its 45th anniversary this winter. Thanks to recent snowmaking enhancements, Beech has the best snowmaking capacity in the resort’s history.
Going Further Afield: Ski the Plastic!
November 22, 2012: Robbie Allen recently found himself in Lynchburg, Virginia, and decided to try skiing some runs at the Snowflex Centre. What makes Snowflex unique is that it isn’t made out of snow, but rather misted plastic, providing a surface that can be skied year-round. Robbie provides his assessment of the experience.
What’s New for 2012: Seven Springs Resort
November 22, 2012: Dozens of improvements across Seven Springs Mountain Resort should provide skiers and boarders with a better experience this winter. The Pennsylvania resort has made strategic investments in snowmaking improvements, added an additional terrain park, and initiated a mountain beautification program that has made subtle refinements throughout.
The Weekly Altitude
November 18, 2012: The Weekly Altitude provides a look at what’s happening in the Mid-Atlantic ski and snowboard scene. In this week’s issue: Wisp Resort to change hands; Wintergreen’s “Snow License Program” offers free skiing to 5th and 6th graders; Thanksgiving Eve Pub Crawl at Bear Creek; and Whitetail pledges $10,000 to the MPMC Project.
Great Glades Almighty!
November 12, 2012: What’s so great about glade skiing? Is it the adrenaline rush of a high speed slalom through the trees or maybe the seductive siren song of better, softer snow? DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney explores this question, while sharing his own favorite glades.
Breaking News: Sugar Mountain Plans to Open on Halloween
October 29, 2012: North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain Resort plans to capture its earliest opening date, opening the Upper and Lower Flying Mile slopes for skiing and snowboarding on Halloween.
What’s New for 2012: Sugar Mountain Resort
October 27, 2012: North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain Resort is hoping that its 5,300-foot elevation will bring plenty of natural snow this winter. But to hedge its bets, the resort has invested a quarter million dollars in snowmaking improvements.
Firsthand Report: 2012 Fall Festival at Liberty Mountain Resort
October 27, 2012: Connie Lawn was on hand at Liberty Mountain’s Fall Festival October 21, 2012. She provides this Firsthand Report.
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. (1 reader comment)
Ski Butlers Recognized in Washington, DC
May 28, 2012: The two young founders of Ski Butlers, Bryn Carey and Riley Tippet, were the Western Region winners of The US Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award, and were recently recognized in a ceremony in Washington, DC.
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. (1 reader comment)
Interview with Colorado Ski Country USA’s Jennifer Rudolph
April 24, 2012: Connie Lawn recently interviewed Colorado Ski Country USA’s Jennifer Rudolph. Jennifer describes how Colorado resorts weathered a milder-than-normal winter. (1 reader comment)
Not an April Fools Day Joke: Seven Springs Re-opens for Skiing
April 24, 2012: Let’s say a freak late-April snowstorm dumps over a foot of snow in parts of the mid-Atlantic. What do you do? If you’re Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort, you re-open for skiing and snowboarding. And that’s what Seven Springs will do on Tuesday morning, April 24, 2012, at 10 a.m., if only for a day. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Spring Skiing at A-Basin
April 17, 2012: Katie Whiteman recently swung by Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin for some spring skiing. She provides this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Retirement Celebration in Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland
April 17, 2012: In celebration of his retirement, DCSki Columnist Lou Botta recently took a ski trip to Switzerland. He provides a detailed account of the magnificent trip in this Firsthand Report. (10 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Springtime in the Rockies
April 13, 2012: Connie Lawn, Charles Sneiderman, and Kathryn Whiteman went skiing in the Colorado Rockies in late March and early April, 2012. They contributed several dispatches from the trip, compiled into this Firsthand Report. (3 reader comments)
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. (3 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Wounded Warfighter Weekend at Liberty Mountain
March 10, 2012: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman closed out their season (at least on the East Coast) with a visit to Liberty Mountain Resort on March 3, 2012, covering the Wounded Warfighter Weekend. Liberty and Whitetail ended their ski season on March 4, 2012.
Firsthand Report: Epilepsy Awareness Weekend at Big Boulder
March 2, 2012: DCSki Reader Mike Ross teamed with Pennsylvania’s Big Boulder Resort to organize an Epilepsy Awareness Weekend, held February 24-26, 2012. Mike provides this Firsthand Report, including his thoughts on the Poconos resort. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Ski Roundtop
March 2, 2012: DCSki Reader Mike Ross visited Pennsylvania’s Ski Roundtop for the first time on February 22, 2012. He provides this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Taos Grades High in Hospitality
March 2, 2012: In early January, 2012, Jim and son Vince Kenney headed west and hit the slopes of Taos Ski Valley, renowned for its steep and challenging terrain. They filed this Firsthand Report. (3 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Liberty Mountain
February 21, 2012: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman spent Saturday at Liberty Mountain Resort, where they volunteered to helping 23 disabled students enjoy skiing. They filed this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Canaan Valley Resort’s “Hope on the Slopes” to Benefit American Cancer Society
February 18, 2012: Relay for Life of Tucker County and Canaan Valley Resort have teamed together to launch the first “Hope on the Slopes” event at the West Virginia Resort on March 2-3, 2012. Coinciding with Canaan Valley Resort’s annual “Wild Thing” weekend, Hope on the Slopes will raise funds to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Firsthand Report: Keep the Faith and Ski the Valley
February 17, 2012: A group of DCSki readers descended on West Virginia February 10-13, 2012, bracing for mediocre conditions in this mediocre winter, but discovering a foot of fresh powder. The next three days provided great camaraderie, great fun, and great skiing at Canaan Valley and Timberline Resorts. DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney was part of the group and filed this Firsthand Report. (3 reader comments)
Interview with DCSki Editor M. Scott Smith on William World News (External Link)
February 6, 2012: DCSki’s Editor was recently interviewed by the blog William World News. He offered his take on topics such as this mild winter and the foundations of DCSki.
Firsthand Report: Beaver Creek, the Other Side of Posh
February 5, 2012: There are two sides to Colorado’s Beaver Creek Resort: A posh side most are familiar with, and “the other side” which offers a surprising amount of challenging terrain. On a recent visit, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney sampled both sides. He provides this Firsthand Report. (4 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Liberty and Whitetail
February 5, 2012: In recent days, Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman visited Pennsylvania’s Liberty and Whitetail Mountain Resorts. On Saturday, they experienced a snow squall at Liberty, which added a layer of snow across the resort. They provide this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Seven Springs - Not Giving Up on Winter 2012
February 5, 2012: According to DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney, the reports of winter’s death are greatly exaggerated. A recent trip to Seven Springs proved this. Jim provides this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report and Top Five Tips: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
February 5, 2012: DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham recently visited West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort, finding some of the snow that may have been missing this mild winter. Matthew provides five key tips for maximizing your time on the slopes at Snowshoe. (3 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Bombproof Family Ski Vacation at Steamboat
January 29, 2012: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney and his family visited Colorado’s Steamboat in early January, 2012. While they spent plenty of times on the slopes, they also sampled other activities at Steamboat such as snowshoeing and a star-lit sleigh ride. Jim provides this Firsthand Report. (5 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: New Ski Technology for Whitetail Rentals
January 28, 2012: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman visited Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort this past week, where they tried out new ski technology available across Whitetail’s rental fleet. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Wintergreen Wounded Warrior Weekend
January 22, 2012: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman filed this Firsthand Report from Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort, which is hosting its Eighth Annual Wounded Warrior Weekend. (1 reader comment)
Postcard from Taos, New Mexico
January 21, 2012: A DCSki Reader just wrapped up a week skiing at Taos, New Mexico. He provides this Firsthand Report. (3 reader comments)
Whitetail’s Buddy Hauk Passes Away
January 17, 2012: On Sunday, January 15, 2012, long-time Whitetail Ski Resort mountain host Buddy Hauk passed away. Buddy was 63. (1 reader comment)
AT&T Expands Cell Service at Whitetail Resort
January 14, 2012: A recent tower upgrade at Whitetail should deliver solid 3G cell coverage to AT&T cell phone subscribers visiting the Pennsylvania resort.
Sense of Déjà Vu as Winter Returns
January 14, 2012: Mid-Atlantic skiers and snowboarders can be forgiven if they can’t quite figure out what season it is. Thankfully, colder temperatures have returned, paving the way for great conditions over the holiday weekend.
Firsthand Report from Liberty Mountain: Skiing is Therapeutic!
January 8, 2012: Connie Lawn provides a Firsthand Report from the slopes of Pennsylvania’s Liberty Mountain. (3 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Bryce Resort
December 22, 2011: Mike Ross swung by Virginia’s Bryce Resort for some early season skiing on Monday, December 19, 2011. He discovered that Bryce had made a valiant effort to provide skiing, despite warm temperatures and limited opportunities for snowmaking. Mike provides this Firsthand Report. (5 reader comments)
Snow and Cold Push Opening Dates within Reach
December 7, 2011: Mother Nature has been keeping the cold to herself so far this winter, but the arrival of snow on Wednesday has many local resorts pushing to open for the season in the next week or two. (1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2011: Seven Springs Resort
November 20, 2011: Freestyle skiers and snowboarders will find reason to celebrate this winter at Seven Springs, as the Pennsylvania resort unveils the first-ever urban terrain park and expands its halfpipe to Olympic proportions. Retrofitted chairlifts will reduce travel time to the top of the mountain, and a new beginner area will welcome new skiers and boarders looking to transition to greens.
Skiing Opportunities for Thanksgiving (Updated)
November 20, 2011: Want some skiing to go with your turkey on Thanksgiving day? At least two mid-Atlantic resorts are willing to oblige. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Ski Club of Washington DC 75th Anniversary
November 13, 2011: The Ski Club of Washington DC celebrated its 75th anniversary on Saturday night by hosting its annual Fall Fashion Show. Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman were on hand, and filed this Firsthand Report.
In Praise of the Anti-Resorts
November 13, 2011: There’s a special place in Jim Kenney’s heart for the “anti-resorts”: those standalone ski areas with no slopeside lodging and few, if any, resort trappings. In place of glitz, they unapologetically offer one common attribute: top-notch skiing. Jim Kenney takes a tour through some of his favorite anti-resorts. (8 reader comments)
What’s New for 2011: Hidden Valley Resort
November 12, 2011: Pennsylvania’s Hidden Valley Resort has added approximately 3.5 acres of glade skiing in the North Summit area of the resort, as well as a new terrain park.
What’s New for 2011: Elk Mountain
November 12, 2011: Elk Mountain has continued its tradition of planting Norway and White Spruce trees, adding an additional 1,200 trees over the summer. (1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2011: Shawnee Mountain
November 12, 2011: Two new Piston Bully Snow Cats are joining Shawnee Mountain’s snow grooming fleet this winter.
Sugar Mountain Opens
November 11, 2011: Ready to ski? If you head to North Carolina, you can make some early-season turns. Sugar Mountain is offering skiing and snowboarding for the November 12-13, 2011 weekend.
What’s New for 2011: Winterplace Resort
November 11, 2011: West Virginia’s Winterplace Resort has expanded snowmaking, widened two trails, and upgraded its terrain park with a new feature.
Epilepsy Awareness Weekend Planned at Big Boulder
November 11, 2011: For DCSki reader Mike Ross, epilepsy hit close to home in 2009, claiming the life of his 5-year old son. Mike found some solace through his love of skiing, and channeled that passion into organizing an Epilepsy Awareness Weekend with the help of Pennsylvania’s Big Boulder Resort. The event will be held February 24-26, 2012, drawing participants from across the East Coast. Mike describes the event in this story. (2 reader comments)
What’s New for 2011: Massanutten Resort
November 6, 2011: Virginia’s Massanutten Resort is expanding the scope of activities this winter with the construction of a new outdoor ice skating rink. (2 reader comments)
What’s New for 2011: Beech Mountain Resort
November 5, 2011: It’s been a busy summer of upgrades at North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort, with the addition of a new beginner slope, removal of a chairlift, a continued shift to automated snowmaking, and other capital enhancements.
What’s New for 2011: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
October 29, 2011: Snowshoe Mountain Resort has made a number of enhancements for the 2011-2012 winter season.
Firsthand Report: Whitetail Great Outdoors Festival
October 23, 2011: Connie Lawn filed this report from the first day of Whitetail’s 11th Annual Great Outdoors Festival.
West Virginia Resorts Offer Statewide Mountain Pass
October 22, 2011: West Virginia ski areas have once again partnered to offer a statewide “Mountain Pass.” (5 reader comments)
Hidden Valley and Blue Knob Resorts Partner on a Passholder Exchange Program
October 22, 2011: Season passholders at Hidden Valley Resort and Blue Knob Resort will be able to benefit from a new Passholder Exchange program for the 2011-2012 winter season.
An Escape from Washington: Fall Festival at Liberty Mountain Resort
October 18, 2011: Liberty Mountain Resort recently held its annual Fall Festival, and Connie Lawn was on hand to file this Firsthand Report.
What’s New for 2011: Sugar Mountain Resort
October 18, 2011: Dedicated snowmaking at the Tubing Park will allow Sugar Mountain to expand its tubing season.
An Evening of Heli-Ski Stokage from Canadian Mountain Holidays
October 18, 2011: In early October, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney attended a reception to learn more about Canadian heli-skiing. He provides this Firsthand Report.
Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Wisp, and Snowshoe Collaborate on Season Passholder “Resort Swap” Program
October 4, 2011: Spanning three states and covering a 150-mile radius, some of the most popular resorts in the mid-Atlantic have teamed together to offer their Season Passholders additional value during the 2011-2012 winter season.
An Early Nine Inches Fall on Snowshoe
October 4, 2011: It’s been a rainy summer season in the mid-Atlantic this summer, and skiers and boarders are hoping some of that rain continues as snow once winter arrives. If the first weekend in October is any sign, Mother Nature just might oblige.
Firsthand Report: Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail
September 4, 2011: In mid-August, Jim and Vince Kenney went on a 70-mile bike trip along the Great Allegheny Passage Rail/Trail. Jim provides this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2011: Liberty Mountain Resort
August 18, 2011: A new loading carpet on the Alpine Quad and continued enhancements to snowmaking highlight some of the on-mountain improvements at Pennsylvania’s Liberty Mountain Resort this winter.
What’s New for 2011: Whitetail Resort
August 13, 2011: The Fanciful trail is getting some love for the upcoming season at Whitetail Resort. $2.8 million in capital enhancements will see lighting added to the intermediate trail, as well as snowmaking improvements, a new deck area, and a loading carpet on the EZ Rider Quad. (2 reader comments)
Going Further Afield: The Smallest Ski Hill in Colorado - Frisco Adventure Park
June 29, 2011: While on a Colorado ski trip during the Spring of 2011, DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen swung by a local tubing/ski hill in Frisco, Colorado. He provides this Firsthand Report.
Going Further Afield: Beaver Creek - How Heaven became Hell
April 17, 2011: Robbie Allen recently returned from his family’s annual spring ski trip to Colorado. While there, they visited Beaver Creek to experience its heaven-like skiing. A sudden and freak lightning storm turned the visit into an unexpected adventure. (4 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Aspen, Snowmass, and Aspen Hospital with a Broken Hip
April 2, 2011: Connie Lawn’s trip through Colorado takes her to Aspen/Snowmass. Unfortunately, her trip includes an unscheduled visit to the Aspen Valley Hospital, where Connie is diagnosed with a hip fracture. That doesn’t stop her from covering the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, hosted at Aspen/Snowmass. (4 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Beaver Creek
April 2, 2011: Connie Lawn continues her Colorado adventures with a stop at Beaver Creek Resort. She filed this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Vail
April 1, 2011: Connie Lawn checks in from the road with a report on skiing at Vail Resort, the first stop during a spring skiing trip in Colorado.
Firsthand Report: Annual DCSki Gathering at Blue Knob
March 20, 2011: Members of the DCSki.com and Epicski.com forums converged on Pennsylvania’s Blue Knob Resort in late February, enjoying the company of each other and snow-covered slopes. Jim Kenney provides this Firsthand Report and pictorial.
Firsthand Report: Liberty Wounded Warrior Weekend
March 11, 2011: Connie Lawn visited Liberty Mountain Resort on March 5, 2011 to cover the Wounded Warrior Weekend. She filed this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Special Times at Whitetail
February 19, 2011: Connie Lawn recently made two visits to Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Mountain Resort. She provides this combined Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Super Sunday at Bryce Resort
February 13, 2011: Want to avoid weekend crowds? Head to Virginia’s Bryce Resort, reports DCSki’s Jim Kenney. As he discovered on a trip on Super Bowl Sunday, Bryce Resort offers low crowds, great snowmaking, and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain vistas. (5 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Perfect Day of Snowsports at Liberty Mountain
February 8, 2011: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman spent Sunday skiing at Pennsylvania’s Liberty Mountain Resort. Connie checks in with some comments on the conditions, as well as information on adaptive programs at Liberty.
Firsthand Report: Gotta Luv Utah
February 6, 2011: Jim and Vince Kenney hit the road in early January and headed west — all the way to Utah. While in Utah, they sampled some of the famed “Greatest Snow on Earth,” hitting ski areas such as Snowbasin, Powder Mountain, Brighton, Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird. Jim filed this detailed Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Surprise Weekend Getaway at Northstar-at-Tahoe
January 30, 2011: An unexpected trip to the west coast gave DCSki Columnist Jim Chen a chance to ski someplace he had never skied before: Northstar-at-Tahoe. Jim provides this Firsthand Report. (5 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Wounded Warrior Weekend at Wintergreen
January 24, 2011: Wintergreen Resort hosted its Seventh Annual Wounded Warrior Weekend this past weekend; Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman filed this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: A Bumpy Day at Elk
January 22, 2011: DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham made a trip up to Elk Mountain over Martin Luther King Weekend, where he decided to battle moguls. Find out who won in this Firsthand Report. (2 reader comments)
Postcard from Steamboat
January 21, 2011: A DCSki reader just wrapped up a trip to Steamboat Springs, and he sums up the trip with one word: “Snow.” Learn what Colorado skiing currently looks like in his Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
West Virginia joins 33 other States in declaring January “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month”
January 19, 2011: With the stroke of a pen and a proclamation from the Governor, the state of West Virginia joined 33 other states that have declared January as Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
Firsthand Report: Black and Gold MLK Weekend at Seven Springs
January 19, 2011: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney, fresh on the heels of a trip to Utah, swung by Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort this past weekend to make a few turns. He filed this Firsthand Report. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Solitude at Sunset at Liberty Mountain
January 16, 2011: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman spent a day in early January skiing at Liberty. They provide this Firsthand Report.
Southern Alpine Race Association Establishes Kober Award
January 16, 2011: The Southern Alpine Race Association (SARA) recently established the Kober Award, to be awarded annually to the J1/2 (15-19 year old) SARA racer best demonstrating the character traits of leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, respect, ambassadorship, and expertise.
Ski Equipment Sales Up in November
January 16, 2011: Data recently published by SnowSports Industries America (SIA) shows that skiers and snowboarders pulled out their wallets in November.
Wintergreen Enhances Programming for Adaptive Sports
January 16, 2011: Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS) recently received two grants that will allow the organization to enhance its 2011 programming for people with disabilities. WAS will be sponsoring the Wounded Warrior Weekend at Wintergreen Resort from January 21-23, 2011.
Firsthand Report: Holiday Week at Liberty and Roundtop
January 7, 2011: Ed Fowler made recent visits to Liberty and Roundtop Mountain Resorts. He provides this Firsthand Report. (3 reader comments)
Utah or Bust: The Kenneys Embark on a Road Trip to Utah Powder
December 28, 2010: Jim and Vince Kenney are packing their car and heading west, with the snowy slopes of Utah as their destination. They’ll be reporting to DCSki from the road. Follow along in their adventures starting with their first pre-trip dispatch.
Firsthand Report: Whitetail on Christmas Eve
December 24, 2010: DCSki’s Editor made his inaugural runs of the ski season at Whitetail Resort on Christmas Eve, finding prime conditions on 100% open terrain. He provides this Firsthand Report, complete with plenty of photos. (5 reader comments)
What’s New for 2010: Blue Mountain Ski Area
December 19, 2010: The 2010-2011 winter season is underway at Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Ski Area, and guests this winter will find three new trails, upgraded snowmaking, RFID-based lift tickets and passes, and improvements in the Summit Lodge.
December 7, 2010: Local blog promotes skiing as a family sport; new ski movie touts itself as the “worst ski movie ever made” (but may, in fact, be quite good).
Snowmaking Underway as Resorts Eye Opening Dates
December 2, 2010: Bummed about mild temperatures in November? No need to worry; December arrived with a blast of cold. Mid-Atlantic ski areas are busy making snow and will begin opening this weekend. DCSki has the latest scoop on opening plans for local resorts.
Firsthand Report: There’s Something about Skiing New Hampshire
November 28, 2010: Jim and Vince Kenney hit the road in March, 2010 to visit a collection of New Hampshire ski areas including Attitash, Wildcat, Black Mountain, Loon Mountain, and Cannon Mountain. Jim provides this Firsthand Report. (7 reader comments)
What’s New for 2010: Wintergreen Resort
November 10, 2010: Guests at Wintergreen Resort this season will have a new off-slope activity to enjoy. On December 18, 2010, the Virginia resort will open a new neighborhood-style ice skating rink.
What’s New for 2010: Beech Mountain
November 7, 2010: SMI Super PoleCat snowguns are finding their way to more and more eastern resorts. North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort has expanded its arsenal of the powerful snowguns for the upcoming season.
What’s New for 2010: Shawnee Mountain
November 6, 2010: Shawnee Mountain has installed its first high-speed quad, which will whisk skiers and boarders to the top of the Pennsylvania mountain beginning this winter. The new chairlift is the centerpiece of $5 million in capital improvements made over the summer.
What’s New for 2010: Roundtop Mountain Resort
November 6, 2010: One of the biggest changes at Roundtop this year is subtle: in recognition of its continuing adoption of year-round activities, Ski Roundtop has changed its name to Roundtop Mountain Resort.
What’s New for 2010: Winterplace Resort
November 6, 2010: Winterplace is in the middle of a 3-year program to upgrade its snowmaking system. The West Virginia resort has purchased 53 fully automatic SMI Polecats, bringing its total number of state-of-the-art fan guns to 88.
What’s New for 2010: Liberty Mountain Resort
November 6, 2010: Tired of searching for change to feed resort lockers? Over the summer, Liberty Mountain Resort replaced all resort lockers with GoPod Lockers, which enable rental payment through a credit card. Numerous other improvements throughout the Pennsylvania resort will greet skiers and boarders this winter.
Sugar Mountain Opens
November 6, 2010: Ready to ski? If you head to North Carolina, you can make some early-season turns.
What’s New for 2010: Hidden Valley Resort
October 27, 2010: A new beginner’s teaching area will greet guests to Hidden Valley Resort this winter. Located adjacent to the Ski Lodge at the base of the slopes, the new area will feature a gentle 7-8% grade and be serviced by its own conveyor lift. (6 reader comments)
What’s New for 2010: Big Boulder and Jack Frost
October 26, 2010: Sister areas Jack Frost and Big Boulder have received a number of upgrades over the summer, including a new glade riding area for beginners, snowmaking improvements, and other terrain enhancements.
What’s New for 2010: Sugar Mountain
October 26, 2010: Sugar Mountain has replaced its fleet of snow groomers, rebuilt the Red Lift, and made some snowmaking enhancements for the 2010-2011 winter season.
What’s New for 2010: Seven Springs
October 16, 2010: Recently recognized by Transworld Snowboarding magazine for having the #1 Superpipe and #1 terrain parks on the East Coast, Seven Springs is investing in a number of “back stage” improvements that should improve the experience of guests this winter season. (6 reader comments)
Skiing Magazine Suspends Print Version
August 18, 2010: If you had a print subscription to Skiing magazine, your mailbox might be a little lonelier this winter. The publisher is re-launching Skiing in a digital-only edition. (5 reader comments)
Wisp Resort Unveils Canopy Tour
July 10, 2010: Expanding the number of recreational opportunities available to summer visitors, Wisp recently unveiled its new Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour. The guided canopy tour allows participants to glide along multiple zip lines, experiencing the Maryland resort from a different and loftier perspective.
What’s New for 2010: Whitetail Resort
June 27, 2010: After a banner 2009-2010 winter season, Whitetail is plowing profits back into the resort with $4 million in capital improvements. The Pennsylvania resort is cutting an additional beginner trail and making improvements to its Marketplace dining area.
Going Further Afield: Ski Cooper - Old School Colorado
May 8, 2010: Robbie Allen was able to squeeze another ski day out of the season with a late-season trip to Ski Cooper, Colorado. He describes the throwback ski area, which provided great skiing on Easter Day for his family at a very affordable price. (4 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Heroes on the Hill at Massanutten
March 24, 2010: The rain and time change didn’t stop a few folks from coming out for Massanutten’s Heroes on the Hill day on March 14, 2010. Robbie Allen provides this Firsthand Report. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Whitetail
March 7, 2010: Connie Lawn provides this quick Firsthand Report from Pennsylvania’s Whitetail Resort, where she skied on Saturday, March 6, 2010.
Tips for Spring Skiing
March 7, 2010: Local resorts have snow aplenty as we head into March, providing the possibility for an extended spring skiing season. Ed Fowler provides these tips for maximizing the spring skiing experience. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Blue Knob Get Together
March 7, 2010: From February 19-21, 2010, members of the DCSki and Epicski on-line communities met in the physical world on the slopes of Pennsylvania’s Blue Knob resort, enjoying conditions and camaraderie fit for the record books. Rob Davis provides this Firsthand Report. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Liberation at Liberty
March 7, 2010: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman visited Liberty Mountain Resort on February 27, 2010 to cover the Wounded Warrior Weekend. They filed this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Massanutten Weekend
February 28, 2010: DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham found ample opportunities for fun during a weekend visit to Massanutten February 20-21, 2010. He found fun on the Virginia resort’s popular snow tubing hills, in the indoor water park, on the ski slopes, and listening to live entertainment at night. OK, there might have been one face plant that resulted in a trip to the first aid office, and that probably wasn’t fun. But the rest of the weekend was “plain stupid fun.” (2 reader comments)
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. (3 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Snowpocalypse Now at Blue Knob
February 11, 2010: With so much fresh snow, what’s a mid-Atlantic skier supposed to do? Go skiing, of course! That’s what DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney decided to do on February 8, 2010, braving the roads to head to Pennsylvania’s Blue Knob Resort. In this Firsthand Report, he describes the day as one of the best days of local skiing in his 43 continuous seasons of downhill action. (4 reader comments)
Notes from the Road: Stuck in Utah
February 11, 2010: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman intended to take a short trip to Utah, but with back-to-back blizzards hitting the mid-Atlantic and airports closed, they’ve been unable to return to the East coast. Thankfully, there’s pretty good skiing in Utah, too. They provide this series of Firsthand Reports from the slopes of Park City, Deer Valley, Alta, and Snowbird. (3 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Skiing Pretty at Seven Springs
February 7, 2010: Jim Kenney and his wife took a “Ski Date” to Pennsylvania’s Seven Springs Resort on Monday, February 1, 2010. Jim prescribes a ski date as a way to reduce stress, have fun, and improve your relationship. Great conditions at Seven Springs didn’t hurt, either. Jim provides this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Embedded with the Wounded Warriors at Wintergreen Resort
February 1, 2010: On January 23, Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman visited Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort to cover the Wounded Warrior Weekend, which brings service members wounded in battle to the slopes for winter recreation. They filed this Firsthand Report. (2 reader comments)
Postcard from Big Sky
January 24, 2010: A DCSki reader provides a trip report from Big Sky, Montana, where the majestic slopes are only outdone by the genuine friendliness of the locals. (5 reader comments)
Whitetail After Dark: A Pictorial
January 21, 2010: DCSki’s Editor spent the afternoon and evening at Whitetail Resort on January 21, 2010. This pictorial provides a number of after-dark scenes from Whitetail’s slopes. (7 reader comments)
The Ski Channel Expands Distribution to East Coast
January 20, 2010: The Ski Channel television network recently partnered with RCN to bring its content to additional geographies, including Washington, DC, the Lehigh Valley, and Philadelphia.
West Virginia Governor Proclaims January Learn a Snow Sport Month
January 20, 2010: In a ceremony earlier this month, Joe Manchin, Governor of West Virginia, announced that January was officially Learn a Snow Sport Month in his state (3 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Mad River Glen - True Believers
January 18, 2010: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney closed out his recent trip to Vermont by swinging by Mad River Glen. He describes the visit to the “minimalist ski-area-that-could” in this Firsthand Report. (11 reader comments)
“Jibbing for a Cause” Rail Jam at Roundtop to Benefit Leukemia/Lymphoma and Breast Cancer Research
January 18, 2010: Ski Roundtop, Scion Cars, and Signal Snowboards are teaming up to host a charity rail jam in support of Ski4Life Leukemia and Lymphoma and the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition. The event will be held on Friday, January 22, 2010 at Ski Roundtop.
Firsthand Report: Pilgrimage to Stowe
January 18, 2010: It’s been 40 years since Jim Kenney last skied Stowe. As a teenager, his parents didn’t allow him to venture off the bunny slopes. In early January, he returned to the Ski Capital of the East in Vermont determined to venture beyond the greens with his own teenage son. Jim provides this Firsthand Report. (7 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Sugarbush, Vermont - A Classic Refreshed
January 17, 2010: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney recently returned from an early-January trip to Sugarbush, Vermont. His first visit to the resort in 10 years, he discovered perpetually great terrain and recent infrastructure investments. He provides this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Notes from the Road: Snowshoe Mountain (updated)
January 9, 2010: Connie Lawn is spending the weekend at snowy Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. She filed these notes from the road. (7 reader comments)
Mother Nature Delivers Early Holiday Gift to Mid-Atlantic Skiers: Some of the Best Pre-January Conditions on Record
December 24, 2009: Mother Nature delivered an early holiday gift to mid-Atlantic ski areas, dumping up to three feet of fresh snow the weekend before Christmas and keeping temperatures low enough to fire snowguns around the clock. As a result, many ski areas should have close to 100% of their terrain open in the coming days.
Firsthand Report: Copper Mountain
December 21, 2009: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman swung by Copper Mountain Resort in early December during a Colorado ski trip. They provide this Firsthand Report.
Notes from the Road: The Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colorado
December 21, 2009: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman recently attended the 22nd Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, Colorado, one of the largest winter sports events for people with disabilities. They filed these notes from the road.
Firsthand Report: Wonderful Weekend at Liberty
December 21, 2009: As a patroller at Liberty Mountain Resort, DCSki Columnist Jim Chen had to work over the weekend. But don’t feel too sorry for him; Liberty received 20 inches of fresh powder in the recent storm, and Jim was one of the first to make runs down powder slopes. Jim provides this Firsthand Report from a weekend that can only be described as “epic.” (8 reader comments)
Mid-Atlantic Ski Season Kicks Off, with Help from Mother Nature
December 6, 2009: The return of colder temperatures has allowed mid-Atlantic ski areas to fire up the guns, and Mother Nature helped kick off the festivities with some natural snow. Several resorts in the mid-Atlantic are now open for skiing and boarding, with more expected to come on-line soon. (1 reader comment)
Pro-Fit Ski & Boot Service Launches with Focus on Boot Fitting and Ski Tuning
November 23, 2009: When Pro-Fit Ski & Skate went out of business early this year, mid-Atlantic skiers were afraid they would lose the services of master bootfitter Brian Deely. Not to fear: Brian is back with a new store focusing exclusively on boot fitting and ski tuning. (1 reader comment)
Salomon USA Recalls Ski Bindings
November 22, 2009: Due to the possibility of unexpected release, Salomon USA is recalling certain models of ski bindings sold in the United States between September, 2008 and October, 2009.
What’s New for 2009: Wintergreen Resort
November 15, 2009: Virginia’s Wintergreen Resort is introducing a flex ticketing plan for the 2009-2010 winter season, and will also be offering several Women’s Ski Clinics. Wintergreen will also open a Zip Line.
DCSki Introduces New Features to Track Resort “Tweets”
November 15, 2009: The Twitter microblogging service allows individuals and companies to create and share short text-based updates called “Tweets.” Over a dozen ski areas in the mid-Atlantic region have created a presence on Twitter, using Twitter to post announcements and information. DCSki now captures these updates and makes them readily available to skiers and boarders, whether or not they have their own Twitter account.
What’s New for 2009: Hidden Valley Resort
November 14, 2009: Hidden Valley Resort is putting the finishing touches on several enhancements for the 2009-2010 winter season. The Pennsylvania ski area will offer improved snowmaking and expanded instruction offerings, and has also taken over management of food and lodging reservations.
What’s New for 2009: Blue Mountain
November 11, 2009: Visitors to Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain Ski Area this winter will be greeted by a new double-black diamond slope and new “streets” terrain park. Two new outdoor dining areas will be available, and Blue Mountain will become one of the few U.S. resorts to have a “BigAirBag,” a fall cushion placed behind ski jumps.
What’s New for 2009: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
November 8, 2009: Snowshoe Mountain Resort puts the focus on safety this winter by including helmets with all youth rentals. A new restaurant will open, and Snowshoe is also providing guests with an opportunity to save a few bucks. (1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2009: Timberline Resort
November 8, 2009: Timberline has gained permanent access to a water source for snowmaking, and will soon celebrate the grand opening of a new hotel. (7 reader comments)
What’s New for 2009: Winterplace
November 8, 2009: Winterplace has installed 34 new automated snow guns, and widened one of its expert slopes.
What’s New for 2009: Shawnee Mountain
November 8, 2009: Shawnee Mountain has added a new Tubing Carpet lift, a new Snow Cat, and expanded its Rental Shop, fortifying its standing as one of the largest ski and snowboard rental facilities in the U.S.
What’s New for 2009: Liberty Mountain Resort
November 8, 2009: It’s been a busy summer at Liberty Mountain Resort. The Pennsylvania ski area has upgraded the Eastwind Quad Chairlift, increased the amount of automated snowmaking, and made a number of improvements both on and off mountain.
What’s New for 2009: Elk Mountain
November 8, 2009: Pennsylvania’s Elk Mountain Ski Resort has continued a long-standing tradition by planting nearly 1,300 new spruce trees on the mountain. The ski area has also made snowmaking improvements and widened the Susquehanna trail.
What’s New for 2009: Sugar Mountain Resort
November 7, 2009: North Carolina’s Sugar Mountain Resort made improvements to snowmaking over the summer, replacing and upgrading 2,500 feet of snowmaking pipes along the Big Birch slope and purchasing an additional energy-efficient snowmaking machine.
What’s New for 2009: Beech Mountain
November 7, 2009: Beech Mountain has converted a double chairlift into a quad chairlift.
Firsthand Report: Colorado Spring Skiing - Don’t Fear the April
November 1, 2009: In late Spring, 2009, DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney and his son Vince packed their car and headed west — all the way to Colorado for some late-season skiing. Their travels took them to Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain. Jim provides this detailed Firsthand Report from their April trip. (5 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Splendor in the Leaves - the 9th Annual Great Outdoors Festival at Whitetail
November 1, 2009: After checking out the Liberty Mountain Fall Fest earlier in October, Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman headed to Whitetail Resort on October 25, 2009 to visit the 9th Annual Great Outdoors Festival. They provide this Firsthand Report.
Firsthand Report: Liberty Mountain Fall Fest
October 18, 2009: Rain finally moved out of the area, allowing Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman to visit Liberty Mountain Resort’s Annual Fall Fest. They filed this Firsthand Report. (2 reader comments)
DCSki Columnist Honored with West Virginia Division of Tourism’s “Stars of the Industry Award”
October 15, 2009: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney was recently honored with a Stars of the Industry Award, awarded by the West Virginia Division of Tourism for his January, 2009 story on skiing in Canaan Valley and Timberline Resorts, West Virginia. (8 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Ski Roundtop rounds them up at the Shawan Downs Steeplechase
September 28, 2009: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman recently participated in the Shawan Dawns, where they saw a taste of some adventurous activities offered at Ski Roundtop. Connie filed this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Wisp Founder Helmuth “Ace” Heise Passes Away
August 12, 2009: Mr. Helmuth “Ace” Heise, Founder of Maryland’s Wisp Resort, passed away on August 11, 2009. He was 82.
What’s New for 2009: Whitetail Resort
July 3, 2009: Last summer may have been a busy one for Whitetail, but Whitetail isn’t resting, investing another $1.7 million in capital improvements. Highlights include the cutting of a new halfpipe, the addition of a new beginner terrain park, and the installation of an adult beginner carpet lift. Whitetail also recently awarded scholarships to eleven outstanding resort employees.
Firsthand Report: Backcountry Experience in Switzerland
June 12, 2009: Seven Springs Snowsports School Director Iwan Fuchs recently visited his native Switzerland for some backcountry training. He provides this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
Going Further Afield: Skiing in Orlando?
May 23, 2009: DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen travels the country looking for unique skiing experiences. And he recently found one in Orlando, Florida. Admittedly, the skiing was on water, but the source of locomotion might be strangely familiar to any snow skier. Robbie provides this Firsthand Report. (1 reader comment)
What’s New for 2009: Massanutten Resort
May 17, 2009: Massanutten Resort will unveil a new fixed quad chairlift this winter, replacing a double that was originally installed in 1972. (2 reader comments)
Going Further Afield: Sunlight Mountain - Real Western Skiing in a Real Western Town
April 18, 2009: DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen is known for finding small ski areas tucked into unusual places, such as the midwest, but he also found a local ski hill in Colorado worth a visit — Sunlight Mountain Resort, near Glenwood Springs. Robbie provides this Firsthand Report describing the ski area and other attractions at Glenwood Springs. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Breckenridge - an Area in Transition
April 18, 2009: DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen organized a spring ski trip for his family to Colorado, hitting several ski areas along the I-70 corridor. Robbie provides this detailed Firsthand Report on their experience at Breckenridge. (2 reader comments)
Notes from the Road: Colorado or Bust
April 16, 2009: DCSki Columnist Jim Kenney and his son Vince pointed their car west and headed to Colorado for some late-season skiing. Jim and Vince are providing daily dispatches from the road, describing the road trip and what it’s like to ski in Colorado in mid-April.
Extending the Season by Going Further Afield (Part 2): Head North to Whiteface Mountain, New York
April 15, 2009: Guest Author Michael French describes another way to extend your ski season: by heading north to Whiteface Mountain, New York. Michael provides a detailed Firsthand Report from a recent visit to Whiteface. (1 reader comment)
Going Further Afield: Echo Mountain
April 9, 2009: What do you call a ski area only 35 miles from Denver, Colorado, with only one chairlift, not much of a trail map, and night skiing? DCSki Columnist Robbie Allen calls it a “very cool idea.” He provides this description of the small ski area. (1 reader comment)
Firsthand Report: Colorado Gold! Snowmass and Aspen and National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic - March 28 - April 3, 2009
April 9, 2009: Connie Lawn and Charles Sneiderman spent the first week of April in Colorado, covering a Wounded Warriors event at Snowmass. Colorado has received a healthy does of natural snow over the past week, leading to great April conditions. Connie filed these notes from the road.
Going Further Afield: Jay Peak, Vermont
March 29, 2009: Guest author Steve Bamonti provides this look at Vermont’s Jay Peak Resort. Unlike most East Coast resorts, you can ski anywhere there’s snow within the bounds of Jay Peak. Steve discovers that Jay Peak has everything a skier needs - and less. (2 reader comments)
Firsthand Report: Timberline Offers Up a Great Group Experience
March 20, 2009: George Lyle recently chaperoned a weekend trip to Timberline Resort, bringing together eight teenage boys from Asia and Africa to the mountains of West Virginia. George provides this Firsthand Report.