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 885 stories for DCSki since 1997.
Kenny Hess began his career at Massanutten Resort as a lift operator in 1980. Today, he oversees many activities at the resort. In this in-depth interview, Kenny reflects on Massanutten's history, describes some of the key changes that have occurred in the industry, and previews exciting enhancements coming to Massanutten as the Virginia ski area celebrates its 50th year.
By M. Scott Smith | January 14, 2022 Interview Series
The second half of December wasn't ideal for Mid-Atlantic ski areas: cold temperatures from early in the season yielded to unseasonably (and, to skiers, unreasonably) mild days. As the calendar advanced from December to January, that's all changed. DCSki provides a roundup of the latest conditions at local ski resorts.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.