ISHA Events & Awards

Skiing History Days

March 21–25, 2018 | Squaw Valley, California
26th annual ISHA Awards Banquet | March 23

The International Skiing History Association (ISHA) will host Skiing History Days at Squaw Valley, California, March 21–25, 2018. The event will be held in conjunction with the NASTAR 50th anniversary celebration and national championships.

Join your ISHA friends, award-winning ski historians from around the world — including a delegation from the Altai Mountains of China — and hundreds of the country’s best recreational racers for a week of parties, skiing and racing at Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics!

To purchase tickets to the ISHA Awards banquet on March 23, click here.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support this event, click here to make a tax-free charitable contribution to ISHA.

Schedule of Events

Monday, March 19 to Wednesday, March 21

NASTAR competitors and their guests will start arriving in Squaw Valley for the 2018 National Championships. For information on NASTAR events during the week, go to:

Wednesday, March 21

3 to 6 pm: ISHA registration desk open at PlumpJack Inn. Check in and pick up your schedule and ISHA credentials. After Wednesday, registration packets will be available for pick-up at the PlumpJack front desk.

(Note: To receive ISHA credentials — including the potential to buy discounted lift tickets and NASTAR event credentials — you must purchase a ticket to the ISHA Awards banquet on March 23.)

Thursday, March 22

10 am: NASTAR Friends and Family Team Races. ISHA plans to enter one or more teams. No qualification is required, but participants must be registered NASTAR racers. To join an ISHA team, contact Seth Masia ( by March 10. Registration fee: $20 per person.

For more information on the races, go to:

To register for NASTAR, go to:

3:30 to 6 pm: Free rock concert at the KT Base. Open to the public.

6:30 pm: ISHA reception at the home of Eddy and Osvaldo Ancinas. By invitation only — if you are an active ISHA member or ISHA Awards banquet ticket-holder, please RSVP by March 10 to Kathleen James; call 802.366.1158 or email Free.

Friday, March 23

8 am to 10 am: ISHA Ski Historians Colloquium, Olympic Village conference room. By invitation only. To inquire:

9 am: ISHA mountain tours with inspection of 1960 Olympic course; expert skiers only, please. Location TBD.  Free.

11:30 am: ISHA meet-up for lunch at Sandy's Pub at the Resort at Squaw Creek; ski there or catch the shuttle. Buy your own meal.

1 pm: Demonstration of ancient Altai skiing by members of the Chinese delegation —and Sierra longboard racing by the Plumas Ski Club — on the slope above the Resort at Squaw Creek. Free.

5 pm: ISHA cash bar reception at the Olympic Village Dining Hall. Open to the public.

6:30 to 9:30 pm: 26th annual ISHA Award banquet and NASTAR 50th anniversary presentation at the Olympic Village Dining Hall, where the athletes ate during the 1960 Winter Games. To purchase tickets, click here.

Ticket sales close on March 10. Purchasing a banquet ticket is required in order to qualify for ISHA credentials, NASTAR credentials and discounted lift tickets.

Saturday, March 24

8:30 am to 4 pm: ISHA board meeting

5 to 9 pm: NASTAR / U.S. Ski Team award ceremony and reception, Olympic House. Award ceremony open to public; NASTAR credentials required for reception.

Sunday, March 25

10:30 am to 10 pm: Liberty Mutual NASTAR Race of Champions.


ISHA Headquarters: Plumpjack Inn

  • King bedrooms $240 midweek / $350 weekend
  • Double queen rooms $250 midweek / $375 weekend
  • Rates are per night, plus 10% tax and $18 resort fee. Includes hot breakfast buffet.

Call 800-323-7666 and ask for the ISHA block rate. Group rates not available via online booking.

Squaw Valley Village
10% discount on available rooms; three-night minimum March 21-25. Call 888-767-1907 or book online (discount applied automatically at this link).

Because more than 1,000 NASTAR participants are arriving for the Finals, rooms are in tight supply. Book early!


We are working with NASTAR and Squaw Valley in the hopes that ISHA members will be able to purchase discounted lift tickets and NASTAR guest credentials (required for admission to some NASTAR events). Follow our Website for updated information as Skiing History Days approaches. To qualify, you must have a ticket to the ISHA Awards on March 23. Awards banquet sales close on March 10.

Questions? Call the ISHA office at 802.366.1158 or email

ISHA Awards

The ISHA Awards, first established in 1993, honor outstanding creative works of ski history. The awards are presented to book authors, journalists, filmmakers, academicians, website developers, and other media publishers. The ISHA Awards are presented every year in a different ski town; in recent years, the banquet has been held in Stowe (2016), Aspen (2015) and Steamboat (2014).

The awards are presented for work published or formally completed before the end of the preceding calendar year, and nominations are due in early December. The 2017 ISHA Awards will be presented in March 2018 at the Olympic Village Dining Hall in Squaw Valley, California. Headquarters hotel is the Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn. Look for details in the September-October issue of Skiing History magazine, and on this website. For information, contact Kathleen James at 802.366.1158 or For more information on the banquet, click here

Left: ISHA president Seth Masia presents broadcaster Greg Lewis with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen in 2015; three-time Hahnenkamm winner Anderl Molterer and ski apparel icon Klaus Obermeyer at the 2015 awards banquet.

ISHA Awards are presented in the following categories, though not every category is honored every year:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented for contributions over a
substantial period of time to ski history, ski journalism, photography, film, radio or television.

Ullr Award: Presented for a single outstanding contribution or several contributions to skiing’s historical record in published book form.

Skade Award: Presented for an outstanding work on regional ski history or for an outstanding work published in book form that is focused in part on ski history.

Film or Photography Award: Presented for outstanding contribution to the historical record of skiing in photographic or film/digital form.

Curatorial Award: Presented for outstanding work in curating a nationally recognized ski museum through its exhibits and publications.

Cyber Award: Presented for creating a Website that contributes substantially to the preservation, distribution, and expansion of skiing’s historical record.

Service Award: Presented for outstanding work over a substantial period of time with an organization engaged in the creation and preservation of skiing’s historical record.

Special Award: Presented for outstanding contribution to the historical record outside the above categories.

Click here for a list of All ISHA Annual Award Winners from 1993-2016

The Jury

  • Rick Moulton, ski film historian, ISHA Board of Directors
  • John Fry, author of The Story of Modern Skiing, ISHA Chairman
  • Einar Sunde, ski bibliophile, ISHA Secretary

Awards Program Seeks Sponsor

The International Skiing History Association seeks financial support for its program of annual awards to authors, filmmakers, and preservers of the sport’s history. The Awards program is ideal for a foundation, company, or individual wishing to identify their deep and lasting love of skiing. Support can take the form of an endowment yielding sufficient income to support the program permanently, or a multi-year commitment of funding. ISHA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making gifts tax-deductible. Inquiries should be directed to John McMurtry, vice president, at (970) 393-4335.