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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 has written 883 stories for DCSki since 1997.

Vail Resorts to Purchase Seven Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain

In news that is likely to reshape Mid-Atlantic snowsports for years to come, Vail Resorts announced on December 8, 2021 that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort, and the operations of Laurel Mountain Ski Area.

By M. Scott Smith | December 8, 2021 News

More Mid-Atlantic Ski Resorts on Tap to Open December 4

The Mid-Atlantic ski season is already underway, and additional ski areas are scheduled to come on-line the weekend of December 4-5. DCSki presents a complete roundup of open -- and soon-to-open -- ski areas in this December 1, 2021 update. Above, Pennsylvania's Seven Springs Resort has been laying down snow in preparation for a December 4 opening.

By M. Scott Smith | December 1, 2021 1 News

Vail Resorts Announces Operational Enhancements

Leveraging data science, the company aims to reduce crowding and lift line wait times.

By M. Scott Smith | November 28, 2021 2 News

What's New for 2021: Beech Mountain

The base village has transformed into a park-like plaza.

By M. Scott Smith | November 26, 2021 News

What's New for 2021: Massanutten Resort

Massanutten celebrates 50 years this winter, with snowmaking improvements, enhanced beginner terrain, and a switch to RFID passes.

By M. Scott Smith | November 24, 2021 News

What's New for 2021: Canaan Valley Resort

Improvements include an expanded tube park, introduction of RFID passes, and upgraded rental facility.

By M. Scott Smith | November 24, 2021 News

Snowmaking Begins as Mid-Atlantic Resorts Eye Opening Dates

Favorable snowmaking temperatures have enabled many Mid-Atlantic ski areas to begin snowmaking operations in preparation for their season openings. Sugar Mountain, Cataloochee, and Snowshoe are among the first ski areas to open for the 2021-2022 winter season. Above, early-morning snowmaking is shown at Pennsylvania's Seven Springs Resort on November 23, 2021.

By M. Scott Smith | November 24, 2021 Feature Story

Mid-Atlantic Ski Icon Dick Barron Dies

Dick Barron served as a ski patroller for 50 years at Seven Springs Resort.

By M. Scott Smith | November 14, 2021 2 News

Vail Resorts to Invest $320 Million in Lift Upgrades During 2022

The Epic Lift Upgrade will see the installation of 19 new chairlifts across 14 Vail Resorts properties, reducing wait times, increasing uphill capacity, and opening up additional terrain.

By M. Scott Smith | November 14, 2021 1 News

Rod Jones Appointed Director of Ski Patrol and Snow Sports at Canaan Valley Resort

Rod Jones returns to Canaan Valley Resort to head its ski patrol and ski school.

By M. Scott Smith | November 11, 2021 News

Vail Resorts Reaches 85 Percent Renewable Energy Milestone

Vail Resorts moves closer to its goal of becoming carbon-neutral, as companies across the ski industry join efforts to improve sustainability and raise awareness of climate change.

By M. Scott Smith | November 7, 2021 Feature Story

Seven Springs Upgrades Avalanche Lift

The Avalanche Lift has been replaced with a state-of-the-art Doppelmayr fixed grip quad.

By M. Scott Smith | November 6, 2021 News

Vail Resorts Updates COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Vail Resorts adjusts its reservation, masking, and vaccination policies.

By M. Scott Smith | September 25, 2021 News

Indy Pass Expands

Offering two days of skiing each at partner resorts, the Indy Pass continues to grow, expanding to 76 resorts across North America and Japan.

By M. Scott Smith | August 17, 2021 2 News

Vail Resorts Announces New CEO

Kirsten Lynch will be stepping into the role of CEO at Vail Resorts in November.

By M. Scott Smith | August 13, 2021 1 News

User Highlight: Rob Davis

Known as "Laurel Hill Crazie" on the DCSki Forums, Rob Davis is a retired steelworker from Pittsburgh. Rob has a special connection to Pennsylvania's Laurel Mountain Ski Resort, where he has skied hundreds if not thousands of times. Learn more about Rob and the history of Laurel Mountain in this interview.

By M. Scott Smith | March 6, 2021 3 Interview Series

Scott's Turn: Feb. 21, 2021

White Grass; affordable New England ski areas; outdoor dining in gondolas; uptick in avalanche deaths; and COVID-19 impact on Alps.

By M. Scott Smith | February 21, 2021 News

User Highlight: Jim Kenney

An active member of the DCSki community for over 20 years, Jim Kenney is our latest User of the Month.

By M. Scott Smith | January 23, 2021 5 News

Mid-Atlantic Resorts Kick Off Ski Season

The 2020-2021 ski season has begun. DCSki provides a quick look at ski areas across PA, MD, VA, and WV.

By M. Scott Smith | December 24, 2020 1 News

Timberline Mountain Reopens under New Ownership

On Friday, December 18, 2020, West Virginia's Timberline Mountain Resort opened for the season looking quite different than it did the last time it was open.

By M. Scott Smith | December 22, 2020 News

User Highlight: Denis Bogan

Denis has shared a lifetime's worth of ski experiences as an active contributor to the DCSki Forum. In addition to skiing, Denis has had an illustrious career including stints in the military, teaching chemistry, and working as a scientist at NASA. Learn more about our latest User of the Month in this interview.

By M. Scott Smith | December 16, 2020 4 News

Seven Springs to Open December 12

The Pennsylvania resorts kicks off its 2020-2021 winter season.

By M. Scott Smith | December 8, 2020 News

Six-Pack: Dec. 5, 2020

In The Six-Pack series, we dust off six engaging stories from the DCSki archives so you can experience them again — or for the first time.

By M. Scott Smith | December 5, 2020 News

Scott's Turn: Nov. 27, 2020

More pandemic updates; uphilling at Colorado resorts; the best all-mountain skis.

By M. Scott Smith | November 27, 2020 2 News

Interview Series: Jimmy Petterson

Jimmy Petterson has led an exciting career: he began as a teacher, but quickly pivoted to becoming a professional ski bum. He has now visited ski areas in 75 countries, documenting his adventures in books, magazine stories, and television shows. DCSki interviewed Jimmy to learn more about his travels.

By M. Scott Smith | November 8, 2020 3 Interview Series

User Highlight: Meimei "marzNC" Ma

Meimei Ma, known as "marzNC" in the DCSki Forums, has been selected as the DCSki User of the Month for November, 2020.

By M. Scott Smith | October 27, 2020 5 News

Six-Pack: Oct. 28, 2020

In The Six-Pack series, we dust off six engaging stories from the DCSki archives so you can experience them again — or for the first time.

By M. Scott Smith | October 25, 2020 News

Scott's Turn: Oct. 26, 2020

Jay Peak joins Indy; Backflipping, beer-drinking skier; resorts adapt to pandemic, and more updates from around the Web.

By M. Scott Smith | October 22, 2020 News

DCSki, Re-Tuned

We're pleased to announce the brand new DCSki. We've re-imagined, re-designed, and re-architected every aspect of the site . Take a quick tour through some of the enhancements.

By M. Scott Smith | October 8, 2020 2 News

Your Questions Answered: Mid-A Vail Resorts Properties

The deadline to purchase an Epic Pass for the 2020-2021 winter season is September 17, 2020, and many Mid-Atlantic skiers still have some questions about how skiing will work this winter at Vail Resorts properties, including Pennsylvania's Liberty Mountain, Roundtop Mountain, Whitetail, Big Boulder, and Jack Frost. Jamie Storrs, Senior Manager of Communications for Vail Resorts, Eastern Region recently fielded questions from DCSki readers.

By M. Scott Smith | September 15, 2020 1 News

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