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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 854 stories for DCSki since 1997.

Your Questions Answered: The Upcoming Season at Mid-Atlantic Vail Resorts Properties

    September 15, 2020 - 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.

Indy and Mountain Collective Passes Offer Alternative to Epic/Ikon

    September 12, 2020 - The Epic and Ikon mega season passes may get a lot of attention, but they’re not the only passes in town. Two other passes worthy of consideration include the Mountain Collective and Indy Passes.

Vail Resorts Charts Out Upcoming Winter Season

    August 28, 2020 - Things are going to work a little bit differently at Vail Resorts properties this winter, as the company recalibrates its operations to adjust to the continuing reality of the COVID pandemic.

DCSki User of the Month: Morgan Birge, aka “The Colonel”

    August 18, 2020 - DCSki is kicking off the User of the Month program, which will recognize some of the best members of the DCSki community. Our inaugural inductee is Morgan Birge, better known as the Colonel. Morgan has been an active participant in the DCSki Forums for over 15 years, posting over 3,000 messages. We recently interviewed Morgan to learn more about his background.

DCSki Interview Series: Phil and Tricia Pugliese of Pugski.com

    May 25, 2020 - It’s a magical moment when passion collides with vocation, and Phil and Tricia Pugliese have made that a reality through their operation of Pugski.com. Pugski has always had a strong focus on ski gear, and is also known for its Forums, where a strong community of skiers and snowboarders from across the world discuss a wide variety of topics. DCSki recently interviewed Tricia and Phil to learn more about Pugski and what led them to create the popular web site.

The Renaissance of Timberline Mountain

    May 6, 2020 - It was starting to look like the lifts at a once-beloved West Virginia ski area had run for the last time. Years of struggles had led Timberline Four Seasons Resort to file for bankruptcy. Then, new owners stepped up to the plate, with a bold plan to reinvigorate the ski area. In this extensive Feature Story, DCSki covers the past, present, and future of Timberline Mountain.

Goggles For Docs Solicits Goggle Donations for Medical Centers

    April 26, 2020 - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a grass roots effort has already donated over 35,000 goggles to medical centers, but more help is needed from members of the ski and snowboard community.

New Lost Ski Area Profile: Ski Denton

    April 1, 2020 - Ski Denton was a Pennsylvania ski area that received ample amounts of snow each winter — usually over 100 inches annually. Located in northcentral PA, it was a bit hard to get to, but it offered a wide variety of terrain for those willing to make the trip. Ski Denton closed in 2014, although there continue to be efforts to re-open the ski area.

New Lost Ski Area Profile: Alpine Mountain

    March 29, 2020 - Alpine Mountain Ski Area was located in the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to closing ski operations around 2016, the resort was one of the oldest ski areas in Pennsylvania, and also one of the least visited, which made it a fine choice for new skiers and families looking for a lot of snow time and not a lot of crowds. DCSki captures some details about this ski area in this new Lost Ski Area profile.

Epic vs. Ikon Pass: The Battle Begins

    March 3, 2020 - The ski industry has changed significantly in recent years: ski conglomerates Vail Resorts and the Alterra Mountain Company have gobbled up resorts across the country, and now offer competing “mega passes” that provide skiing and riding across dozens of properties for one historically low price. The proposition has been simple: commit to buying a mega pass in the spring, and you’ll receive countless ski days across North America the following winter. Epic and Ikon have now released pricing and details for their 2020-2021 winter season passes. In this story, DCSki takes a look at these passes from the perspective of a Mid-Atlantic skier.

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