Matthew Graham is a skier as well as a hang glider and paraglider pilot, SCUBA diver, cavern diver, equestrian, polo player, sailor, hiker, biker, rock climber, paddler, and skater. He's also yoga teacher and certified personal trainer and has dabbled in just about every other sport, even stunt car driving and bull riding! He has written for the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, USA Weekend Magazine, Hooked on the Outdoors, Richmond Magazine, Chesapeake Life Magazine, Metro Sports, American Fitness, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Recreation News and numerous other outdoor and travel publications.
Matthew has written 35 stories for DCSki since 2002.
After receiving a new hip, DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham was worried about how it would affect his ability to ski. He answered this question in a January, 2023 trip to West Virginia's Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Matthew describes his experience in this Firsthand Report.
After many years of talking about skiing in Canada, DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham finally made it up to Alberta to check out the snow in the Canadian Rockies. He provides this Firsthand Report describing his visit to the "Big 3" -- Banff Sunshine, Mount Norquay, and Lake Louise.
With a fresh batch of snow each day, DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham found the snow conditions at Powderhorn Mountain Resort to be more than acceptable, if a bit tiring on his legs. He provides this Firsthand Report from a recent visit to the Colorado ski area.
By Matthew Graham | February 15, 2014
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.
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."
After a ten year absence, Matthew Graham returned to Pennsylvania's Seven Springs Resort and discovered a lot has changed. To put Seven Springs through its paces, Matthew and his wife Karen Carra tried out a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) ride, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, snowshoeing, a massage, some fine dining, and - oh yeah, even a few turns on the ski slopes. Matthew provides this Firsthand Report.
DCSki's best tip is to ski on weekdays: crowds are often nonexistent, and it's usually less expensive, too. But what if your schedule only allows you to ski on weekends? No worries. DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham provides his "top ten" tips for avoiding weekend crowds at Mid-Atlantic ski areas.
Matthew Graham spent the past two weekends on the slopes, first at Wisp and then at Whitetail, and managed to avoid crowds each time. He spills the beans on how to avoid weekend crowds and describes the stellar conditions in this entertaining Firsthand Report.
In Matthew Graham's estimate, Stratton Mountain is "so good you'll cry." In March of 2006, Matthew and his wife met up with friends at Vermont's Stratton mountain. During the trip, Matthew ate waffles. Lots of waffles. He describes the waffles and the skiing in this Firsthand Report.
Single-digit temperatures and gusting winds did not deter Matthew Graham from enjoying a trip to his favorite Pennsylvania resort in late February. Matthew provides a detailed trip report from Elk Mountain.
DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham has been banned from the Eurobungee at Snowshoe. And only because he's older than 20 years old. He is, however, still allowed to ski the slopes at Snowshoe. Matthew visited Snowshoe this past weekend and describes his adventures on the slopes, in the air, and rotating every which way.
Matthew Graham and his wife rushed to Maryland's Deep Creek Lake region this past weekend, on the heels of a recent snowstorm. They discovered that there's a lot more to the Deep Creek region than skiing at Wisp alone. In this Firsthand Report, Matthew describes their adventures in dog and horse on-snow locomotion, as well as some winter hiking and, of course, skiing.
DCSki Columnist Matthew Graham spent the weekend sampling ski resorts in the Poconos, but decided to head home early due to the threat of snow. But the snow didn't arrive as early as forecast, so Matthew missed some opportunities to ski. Even so, he did get to try out Blue Mountain and Montage, and provides this Firsthand Report.
Recently, Matthew Graham headed west for a weekend of skiing at Colorado's Winter Park Resort. Winter Park isn't the most famous Colorado resort, but Colorado locals know it's the place to go for some of the best skiing in Colorado. Matthew provides a detailed trip report.