2012 ISHA Awards

ISHA Award

ISHA’s Awards Banquet, held April 12 in Vail, honored the best works on ski history published during 2012.

Billy Kidd

ISHA Lifetime Achievement Award: Broadcasting

Billy Kidd retired from ski racing due to injuries in 1972, after nine years on the U.S. Ski Team and two on the pro circuit. His significant role in presenting the sport on television started with the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, where Kidd provided color commentary for the alpine racing events. He remembers those Games as a career highlight—especially when Barbara Cochran, a fellow Vermonter, won a gold medal in slalom.

Kidd has since covered two additional Winter Olympics, most recently the 1998 Games in Nagano, as well as numerous World Cup alpine events and freestyle competitions, working at various times for all three networks: NBC, CBS and ABC. He skied down several World Cup downhill courses—including Aspen, Wengen and Val d’Isere—while carrying a hand-held camera to show a racer’s-eye view of the terrain, and also headed down an Olympic slalom course on hockey skates to demonstrate for viewers the icy conditions of a well-prepared world-class slalom venue.

Kidd hosted a 30-minute syndicated television show, American Ski Scene, that aired for a decade. With segments taped at ski resorts across the country, he covered the lifestyle, business and sport of skiing, from colorful personalities to travel and ski instruction. He also traveled to Iran in 1978 with Suzy Chaffee, at the invitation of the Shah, to create a promotional film by Dick Barrymore about ski resorts in that country. He hosted a long-running radio show for NBC and appeared in numerous ski-instruction segments for CNN. 

Kidd’s racing results include his well-known silver medal in slalom at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck—the first American man to win an Olympic medal in alpine skiing, an honor he shared with Jimmie Heuga—and a gold and two bronze medals from the FIS World Championships.

Kidd’s wide-ranging media experience includes developing Billy Kidd’s Ski Racing Book, which was also published as a video, as well as numerous magazine articles for SKI and Skiing. Though he has not worked in broadcast journalism for a number of years, he can be found many winter days on the slopes of Steamboat, Colorado, where he serves as director of skiing and leads a free afternoon clinic for guests. He has lived in Steamboat for 43 years.

Skade Award

The Sun Valley Story

By Van Gordon Sauter

Sun Valley’s storied ski history has required a number of books to describe its fascinations. Van Gordon Sauter’s book is fifth in line—and among the finest. The book begins with chapters on the pre-skiing history of the Snake River area, including a marvelous display of old Western prints. The following chapters document and illustrate the excitement that Sun Valley brought to the sport of skiing: It was the first American ski resort to combine a luxurious high-mountain hotel with 3,000-vertical-foot lifts and open slopes ideal for teaching. Instruction was courtesy of the first full Austrian ski school in America.

There were other advantages, knowledgeably pointed out by the author. Sun Valley was the first American resort connected to both coasts by rail, and also the first to establish a powerful public relations campaign. A glittering circle of celebrities—including Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Claudette Colbert and Ernest Hemingway—convened on the Sun Valley slopes.

The Sun Valley Story presents many previously unpublished Sun Valley scenes, with a cascade of photographs and illustrations. It also brings the Sun Valley story up to date. One of the last chapters focuses on an annual intellectual get-together that equals the stature of the famed Aspen Institute: Allen and Company’s most recent Sun Valley Conference was attended by 600 global elite. Event host Herbert Allen summed up the Sun Valley experience by saying, “The whole place is magic.”  The book proves that beyond doubt.

Author Van Gordon Sauter is a former president of CBS News and Fox News who began his journalism career as a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and the Chicago Daily News. The book includes a foreward by Academy Award winning actor, director and producer Clint Eastwood, who first visited Sun Valley in the 1940s with his parents and later purchased a home there. It was published by Mandala Media, publishers of the award-winning Sun Valley Magazine and numerous coffee-table and regional guidebooks. —Morten Lund

The Sun Valley Story by Van Gordon Sauter; Mandala Media LLC; 204 pages in coffee-table format, profusely illustrated with vintage and modern photographs.

Skade Award

Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks

By Jeremy Davis

The first U.S ski lift, a rope tow, was built in 1933 in Woodstock, Vermont. Twelve years later, hundreds of ski areas had been built in the Northeast. But within the next decade, quite a few of them closed. This historical fact has allowed Jeremy Davis to write three books about the hills that didn’t make it, previously covering “lost” ski areas of the White Mountains of New Hampshire (2008) and Southern Vermont (2010).

An introductory chapter of his latest book, Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks, describes athriving region whose future was boosted the day the first ski train arrived at North Creek Station on March 4, 1934. A vintage photo shows the platform full of skiers, waiting for cars to haul them to nearby Ticonderoga and Old Forge. The next winter, the area’s first rope tow opened at North Creek, and soon there were three operations within walking distance of the station. The race to build was on.

The multiplicity of ski areas in the Southern Adirondacks created the first ski-area bubble—the region overbuilt. Thirty-nine ski areas in the region either quickly or eventually closed, and can now be seen only in the book’s black and white illustrations.

When not prospecting for vanished ski areas, Davis is a dedicated lifetime skier and private weather forecaster, working out of Glens Falls, New York. He counts as “lost” only ski areas that had at least one lift. To locate ruins, he has collected old brochures and researched ads in library magazine collections. He has also had great help from contributors who sign onto his NELSAP Website (“New England Lost Ski Areas Project”) to provide leads. In all, Davis has located the remains of 600 early Northeast ski areas, now extinct. In terms of history, his research indicates that ski areas in the Northeast—both lost and surviving—likely surpassed the impact of ski areas in the rest of the nation in driving the early sport of American skiing to success. —Morten Lund

Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks by Jeremy Davis; History Press; softcover, 160 pages with extensive black and white illustrations.

Ullr Award

Fifty Years of Serious Fun

By K2 Sports and Funny Feelings LLC

To mark its 50th anniversary, the K2 company hired Funny Feelings LLC—the talented editorial and design firm that publishes The Ski Journal and two other magazines—to produce a commemorative book. The result is 50 Years of Serious Fun, a rollicking title that traces the company’s evolution from “garage brand to global.”

Led by publisher Jeff Galbraith, the Funny Feelings crew conducted close to 100 interviews and sifted through the company’s extensive archives— including press clippings, photos, brochures, tech manuals and much more—to present this corporate success story.

Organized by decade and packed with photos, the book starts with Bill Kirschner, who in 1962 applied the technology from his family’s veterinary kennel-manufacturing business to create his first ski, featuring a fiberglass-wrapped torsion box. A subsequent section, titled “The Relentless Pursuit of the Strange,” covers the irreverent marketing campaign led by Terry Heckler that established the “cult of K2” in the early 1970s and built the brand’s identity.

The campaign’s most iconic image—the Chew K2 barn, on a highway near Stevens Pass, Washington—is featured on the book’s cover, and the table of contents shows a photo of the K2 “farm,” a spoof that depicted the company’s headquarters as a “motley assortment of trailers and tin-roofed warehouses.”

The book balances commentary from company insiders with the worldclass athletes—from racers to freeskiers—who have established K2 as an American icon, including Spider Sabich, Steve and Phil Mahre, Wayne Wong, Glen Plake and Shane McConkey, and those who continue to define the brand, like Sean Pettit and Seth Morrison. Other sections cover the company’s successful expansion: Based in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle, K2 Sports is now an international portfolio of 14 brands and more than 40 consumer-product companies, from skis and snowboards to inline skates and apparel.

50 Years of Serious Fun by K2 Sports and Funny Feelings LLC (Jeff Galbraith, publisher); 194 pages, softcover, hardcover and hardcover with case.

Ullr Award

Colorado Powder Keg

By Michael W. Childers

In the frigid early morning hours of October 19, 1998, William Rodgers raced along the snowcovered ridgeline of the Vail ski resort, setting fires. In a matter of minutes, flames had engulfed six buildings across the mountain, including the aging ski patrol headquarters and opulent Two Elk Lodge. The most notorious act of ecoterrorism in American history, causing $12 million in damages to Colorado’s largest ski resort, the Vail arson attack epitomized the divisive political battles over the development of ever-larger corporate-owned ski resorts on America’s public lands in the latter half of the 20th century.

Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environment examines Colorado’s ski industry and the emergence of the new postindustrial West, where mountains have become more valuable as ski resorts than rangelands, causing the transformation of once-rural mountain towns into sprawling resort communities and placing ski resorts at the center of the debate over the region’s future.

Childers’ book covers key milestones in this evolution, such as the development of the Winter Park ski resort by the city of Denver in the late 1930s and the construction of I-70 and the opening of the Eisenhower Tunnel in 1973. It devotes a detailed chapter to the 1972 defeat by Colorado voters of the state’s bid to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, which galvanized a coalition of antigrowth advocates, environmentalists, ranchers and fiscal conservatives under the leadership of Richard Lamm. The final two chapters discuss the controversy surrounding the construction of Beaver Creek, the industry’s consolidation, and the struggle over Vail’s Category III expansion. The book concludes with a look towards the industry’s future and potential looming crises, such climate change and the continued struggle over growth.

Childers, who was raised in the Colorado mountain town of Fraser, is a professor at Northern University of Arizona. A 19th and 20th century historian, he specializes in environmental and cultural history. To research this book—his first—he drew on books, newspaper and magazine articles, ski-resort statistics, U.S. Forest Service documents, real estate and tourism records, wildlife data and additional public records.

Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environmental Movement by Michael W. Childers; University Press of Kansas; 234 pages, hardcover.

Film Award

Passion for Snow

Produced by Stephen Waterhouse, Lisa Densmore and Rick Moulton

The influence of Dartmouth College on American skiing is deeper, earlier and more widespread than that of any comparable institution. Passion for Snow, an authoritative DVD, is crammed with Dartmouth’s remarkable ski history. Dartmouth skiers organized the first American slalom, giant slalom and downhill. Dartmouth also worked successfully to establish regional and then nationwide alpine racing at a time when established national competitions were solely decided by point scores in ski jumping and cross-country.

In 1909, an undergrad established the successful Dartmouth Outing Club, whose competitors soon became a formidable force in ski history—more than one hundred Dartmouth men and women have played a part in the Winter Olympics. And 37 Dartmouth students and teachers have been elected to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, from racers and coaches to ski resort founders and winter sport shop pioneers. The film highlights many of these interesting characters. The film also examines Dartmouth’s role in the 10th Mountain Division—with archival footage showing the soldiers training at Camp Hale and battling in Italy—and that group’s leadership in postwar ski resort start-ups.

Passion for Snow has deep and beautiful moments. One is the 1988 sequence showing the late Diana Golden, Dartmouth’s first Olympic gold medal ski champion, executing a flawless descent on a giant slalom course at Calgary, on a single leg, in the adaptive ski competition.

The film is based in part on Stephen Waterhouse’s previously published book Passion for Skiing. Waterhouse served as executive producer for the film, with Lisa Densmore as producer and ISHA director Rick Moulton as associate producer. Dartmouth graduate Buck Henry, an Academy Award-nominated actor and screenwriter, narrated the film. —Morten Lund

Passion for Snow by Stephen Waterhouse, Lisa Densmore and Rick Moulton; 62-minute DVD plus extra footage included.

Film Award

Vail: The Rise of America’s Iconic Ski Resort

By Roger C. Brown

When Vail celebrated its 50th anniversary on December 15, one of the high points was the premiere of a new Roger Brown film, recapping the history of the resort. Brown, who shot promotional films for Vail in the 1960s and ’70s, had access to his own high-quality footage, and also to film shot for the original Vail Associates fundraising campaign between 1959 and 1962. He also had solid interviews with key Vail personnel, filmed recently and decades ago. The result—titled Vail: The Rise of America’s Iconic Ski Resort—is a great promotion for Vail, but it’s also a valuable oral history of the great ski boom of America’s midcentury. The script highlights the biography of Pete Seibert, but it also makes clear the critical role of Earl Eaton in finding, founding and building the resort.

Eaton is the unsung hero of Vail’s story, and it’s wonderful to see him age gracefully through the hour-long production, with something meaningful to say in each decade of his long life. The same can be said of Bob Parker, Morrie Shepard and Sarge Brown, whose lives intersected the invention of Vail. The shots of Pete and Earl skiing deep powder (on 1950s-era skis and boots) are worth the price of admission. So are the high-quality scenes of Camp Hale, with a couple of tantalizing glimpses of Cooper Hill. Interviews with many of the early backers—Jack Tweedy, George and Ellie Caulkins, Christie Blanche Hauserman Hill, among others—make clear the precarious, not to say miraculous, financing of Vail Associates. The script also details the setbacks (and the gondola disaster) that led to the corporation’s failure, and examines the 1998 arson fire. Mostly, though, the movie is great fun, with shots of Serge Couttet, Roger Staub, the sexually-charged club scene, the hairball gelandesprung contests of the late 1960s and the FIS Championships of 1989.

Roger Cotton Brown is a filmmaker based in Gypsum, Colorado; he was the principal cinematographer at Vail from 1962, when the resort opened, until 1989. He has continued to film in and around the Vail Valley and Colorado since then. —Seth Masia

Vail: The Rise of America’s Iconic Ski Resort, by Roger Cotton Brown; Summit Films, Inc.; 60-minute DVD.

2012 Honorable Mentions

Skade Award

The History of Cranmore Mountain by Tom Eastman

Never a Bad Year For Snow! by Henry M. Yaple

Women of Vail by Elaine Kelton and Carolyn Pope

Ullr Award

Historical Dictionary of Skiing by E. John B. Allen

The Straight Course by Dick Dorworth

Shut Up and Ski by Edie Thys Morgan



The recorded history of skiing is found in academic papers, books, filmed documentaries, and skiing history web sites that have been created by a worldwide community of dedicated researchers, historians, writers, and videographers who have focused their time and expertise on a wide range of historical topics.


Since 1994, ISHA has annually recognized the very best of skiing history that results from these efforts.


Through 2009, ISHA has given 107 awards to the individuals who, in aggregate, are responsible for documenting and communicating the history of the sport. The individuals and their output are, within the world of skiing history, akin to Oscar, Emmy, or Pulitzer winners who are honored in the film, television, and print worlds.


ISHA’s Annual Awards Gala – - – which is held during the annual Skiing Heritage Week – - – is the event where these prestigious awards are presented.


ISHA Awards have been given in the following categories:


Lifetime Achievement Award: given for career contributions over a substantial period of time to ski history, ski journalism, ski photography or ski film including digital formats.


Ullr Award: given for a single outstanding contribution or several contributions to the historical record in book form.


Skade Award: given for one outstanding book on regional ski history or for an outstanding work focused only in part on ski history.


Film Award: given for one outstanding contribution to the historical record in filmmaking including digital formats such as Video, CD or DVD.


Photography Award: given for an outstanding contribution to the historical record in photography, in film or digital form.


Curatorial Award: given for an outstanding work in mounting excellent exhibitions on the history of skiing for a nationally recognized museum.


Special Award: given for outstanding contribution to the historical record outside the above categories. Special Awards have been given in traditional ski song and in ski book publishing.


Cyber Award: given for designing and maintaining a website that contributes substantially to the preservation, spread, and expansion of the ski history record.


Beginning in 1994, ISHA has given awards to 120 recipients.


1992 First Annual Gathering Whistler BC

No awards given


1993 Second Annual Gathering Sun Valley. Idaho

Sir Arnold Lunn Lifetime Achievement Award for History

John Henry Auran Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism


1994 Third Annual Gathering Park City, Utah

William Banks Berry Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism

James Laughlin Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism

Peter Miller Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism

John B. Allen Ullr Award for From Skisport to Skiing

David Goodman Ullr Award for Classic Backcountry Skiing

Rick Richards Ullr Award for Ski Pioneers


1995 Fourth Annual Gathering Aspen, Colorado

Bill Dunaway Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism

Dr. Jacob Vaage Lifetime Achievement Award for History

James Sloan Allen Ullr Award for Romance of Commerce and Culture

Dolores LaChapelle Ullr Award for Deep Powder Snow

Friedl Pfeifer Ullr Award for Nice Goin’, My Life on Skis

Marty Sterling Ullr Award for Days of Stein and Roses


1996 Fifth Annual Gathering Stowe, Vermont

John Fry Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism

Roland Palmedo Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism

Allen Adler Ullr Award for New England and Thereabouts—A Ski Tracing

Miggs and Dick Durrance Ullr Award for The Man on the Medal

Beth and George Gage Ullr Award for Fire on the Mountain

Otto Lang Ullr Award for A Bird of Passage

Glenn Parkinson Ullr Award for First Tracks


1997 Sixth Annual Gathering Aspen, Colorado

John C. Jay Lifetime Achievement Award for Film Making

Gretchen Besser Ullr Award for The National Ski Patrol, Samaritans of the Snow

Mary E. Hayes Ullr Award for The Story of Aspen

Luanne Pfeiffer Ullr Award for Gretchan’s Gold

Dick Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award for Film Making


1998 Seventh Annual Gathering Squaw Valley, California

Roger Brown Lifetime Achievement Award for Film Making

Barry Corbet Lifetime Achievement Award for Film Making

Bill Tanler Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

Louis Dawson Ullr Award for Wild Snow

Robert Frohlich Ullr Ward for Mountain Dreamers

Edna Berg & Anna Cicale Skade Award for Cold Smoke

Joy Lucas Skade Award for It Started in the Mountains


1999 Eighth Annual Gathering Mont Tremblant, Quebec

David Rowan Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

Doug Pfeiffer Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

Frankie O’Rear Ullr Award for Chateau Bon Vivant, The Aspen Story, The Mont Tremblant Story

W endolyn Holland Ullr Award for Sun Valley, An Extraordinary History

Danielle Soucy Skade Award for La Vallée de la Diable (The Devil’s River Valley)

Blais Arbique and Marc Blais Skade Award for Mont Tremblant: Following the Dream


2000 Ninth Annual Gathering Banff, Alberta

William Oscar Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

Morten Lund Lifetime Achievement Award In Journalism

Gene Rose Ullr Award for Magic Yosemite Winters

Alan Engen Ullr Award for For the Love of Skiing

Stan Cohen Ullr Award for Downhill Skiing; The Games of ’36

Rodney Touche Skade Award for Brown Cows, Sacred Cows


2001 Tenth Annual Gathering Sun Valley, Idaho

Dick Dorworth Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

Peter Seibert Ullr Award for Vail, Triumph of a Dream

Dick Hauserman Ullr Award for The Inventors of Vail

Dan Wendkin and Ellie Huggins Special Award for Publishing

Bill Wilson Skade Award for Challenging the Mountain, The Life and Times of Wendell Robie


2002 Eleventh Annual Gathering Vail, Colorado

Charley Meyers Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

Mary Hayes Ullr Award for The Aspen Story

The Red Birds Ski Club Ullr Award for The Trail Breakers

Bernard Mergen Skade Award for Snow In America

Catharine McKenty and George Neil Skade Award for Skiing Legends and the Laurentian Ski Club


2003 Twelfth Annual Gathering Deer Valley, Utah

Bill Grout Lifetime Achievement Award in Publishing

Mike Korologos Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism

Alf Engen and Ullr Award for First Tracks: 100 Years of Utah Greg Thompson Ski History

Alex Kelner Ullr Award for Skiing in Utah

Michel Beaudry Ullr Award for Against All Odds: Whistler

David Gonzales Ullr Award for Jackson Hole: On a Grand Scale

Tom Bie Ullr Award for Steamboat Springs: Ski Town USA

Ingrid Wicken Skade Award for Pray for Snow


2004 Thirteenth Gathering Mammoth Mt., California

Warren Miller Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

Carson White Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism

Martin Forstnzer Ullr Award for Mammoth, the Sierra Legend

Gary Schwartz Ullr Award for Skiing Literature and The Art of Skiing.

Sonja Stallions Ullr Award for A Rough Way to Ride Between Sky and Earth

Peter Shelton Ullr Award for Climb to Conquer

Seth Masia Cyber Award for


2005 Fourteenth Gathering Stowe, Vermont

Dick Needham Lifetime Achievement Award

Henry Yaple Ullr Award for Ski Bibliography

Peter Oliver Ullr Award for Stowe: A New England Classic

Charles Sanders Ullr Award for The Boys of Winter

Irv Naylor Skade Award for Ski Roundtop—40 Years of Excellence

Rick Moulton and Ian Scully Film Award for Legacy: Austrian Ambassadors



2006 Fifteenth Skiing Heritage Week Vail, Colorado

Nick Howe Lifetime Achievement in Ski Journalism

Karen Lorentz Lifetime Achievement Award in Ski Journalism

Bill Briggs Special Award in Traditional Ski Song

Bob Parker Ullr Award for “What Did You Do in the War. Dad?”

Roger Brown Ullr Award for Requiem for the West

Jack McEnany Ullr Award for Ski Fast, Be Good, Have Fun

David Rowan ISHA Service Award

Lisa Olken Film Award for Ski! A Century of Colorado Skiing


2007 Sixteenth Skiing Heritage Week Vail. Colorado

Joe Jay Jalbert Lifetime Achievement Award in Film

John Fry Ullr Award The Story of Modern Skiing

Cal Conniff Skade Award Skiing In Massachusetts

Jeff Leich Curatorial Award New England Ski Museum

Morten Lund ISHA Service Award


2008 Seventeenth Skiing Heritage Week, Aspen, Colorado

E. John B. Allen Ullr Award for The Culture and Sport of Skiing From Antiquity to World War II

Byron Rempel Ullr Award for No Limits: the Amazing Life of Rhoda and Rhona Wurtele, Canada’s Olympian Skiing Pioneers

Rick Moulton ISHA Film Award for Ski Sentinels: the Story of the National Ski Patrol

Ingrid Wicken Skade Award for Skiing in Southern California

FIS/Gunter Witt ISHA Service Award for Skiing in the Fine Arts

Bill Kerig ISHA Film Award for Steep

Greg Stump ISHA Film Award, Lifetime Achievement

John Christie Skade Award for The Story of Sugarloaf


2009 Eighteenth Annual Skiing Heritage Week, Mammoth, California

E. John B Allen Lifetime Achievement Award for Ski History

Dick Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award for Film

Paul Ryan Lifetime Achievement Award for Film and Photography

Mary Kerr Skade Award for A Mountain Love Affair; The Story of Mad River Glen.

Nils Larsen ISHA Film Award for Skiing in the Shadow of Genghis Kahn

Robin Morning Skade Award for Tracks of Passion: Eastern Sierra Skiing,

Dave McCoy, and Mammoth Mountain.

Jeremy Davis Cyber Award for The New England Lost Ski Areas Project

Roland Huntford Ullr Award for Two Planks and a Passion


2010 Nineteenth Annual Skiing Heritage Week, Park City, Utah

Steinar Hybertsen, ISHA Film Award for Norwegian Ski Legends

Henry Purcell, Skade Award for Portillo, Spirit of the Andes

David Antonucci, Ullr Award for Snowball’s Chance, the Story of the 1960 Winter Games

Chic Scott, Skade Award for Deep Powder and Steep Rock: The Life of Mountain Guide Hans Gmoser

Karin Rase, Ullr Award for Skiing in Art and Design

Lowell Skoog, ISHA Cyber Award for


2011 Twentieth Annual Skiing Heritage Week, Sun Valley, Idaho

Tim Ryan, Lifetime Achievement Award for Broadcast Journalism

Dick Dorworth, Ullr Award for The Perfect Turn — And Other Tales of Skiing and Skiers

Stephen L. Waterhouse, Ullr Award for Passion for Skiing

Kitzbühel Ski Club, Ullr Award for Hahnenkamm: The Chronicle of a Myth

E. John B. Allen and Egon Theiner, Ullr Award for 100 Years of International Skiing

European Broadcasting Union, Film Award for 100 Years FIS

Dave Irons, Skade Award for Sunday River

James Benelli, Skade Award for Ski Tales: The History of China Peak and Sierra Summit


ISHA established this award program to posthumously honor 1-2 individuals per year.

Honoree are intended to be significant, long-time ski industry persons who had a deep commitment to and made contributions to the sport over many years of industry service. Further, a Pioneer awardee is intended to be someone whose great spirit and presence caused them to have industry wide friendships which embody the “comaraderie” and spirit that Mason Beekley felt should be an essential element of ISHA. The honoree should be a person whose “life story” is an inspiration to skiers and historians, and whose personality is a significant element of the very colorful backdrop of the sport.

ISHA has made two Skiing Pioneer awards:

George Bauer (2008) – George Bauer, the late publisher of Ski Magazine (Remembering, September issue), personified what was exciting and fun about skiing. George organized the annual Streeter Cup, which brought together past Olympic, World Cup, and U.S. Ski Team racers. He was also responsible for the creation of Ski Industry Week, the Ski Business Hall of Fame, and the Sun Valley/Ski Magazine 50th Anniversary Celebration. And he kept the Legends of American Skiing alive and thriving.

Stu Campbell (2009) – Stu Campbell ranks as one of America’s most influential ski teachers. He was a profound thinker about technique and ski equipment testing. He was a terrific teacher and innovator, a patient mentor, a man of wisdom and humility, generous a kind hearted , and because of his passion for the sport, had a legion of like minded friends, colleagues and admirers in the sport. His spirit is captured in a quote attributed to him, “Every turn you make is good for the soul.”

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