ISHA Events & Awards


Sun Valley Awards Banquet

cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic


The 28th Annual ISHA Awards Banquet, which was to be held December 10, 2020, at the Sun Valley Lodge, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, the International Skiing History Association (ISHA) will honor its 2019 ISHA Award winners with an online celebration this Fall.  “Acknowledging the deep concerns over travel and the Covid-19 pandemic, ISHA will not host live Ski History Week events in Sun Valley, Idaho in December,” ISHA President Seth Masia announced on July 22.

Masia added, “We will focus on planning our 2021 events at Snowmass, Colo., April 7-11.   Sun Valley Resort has been a great partner through these uncertain times.  We are looking forward to hosting our events there in 2022 instead.”

Skiing History Week (SHW) had been re-scheduled for Sun Valley, Idaho, Dec. 9-13, 2020.  Ski history enthusiasts who had planned to travel to Sun Valley may now apply for lodging deposit refunds by contacting Sun Valley Resort Reservations at 208-786-8259. 

In addition to lectures, historic film screenings plus ski and social gatherings, the highlight event of ISHA’s Skiing History Week each year is the ISHA Awards reception and banquet.  Award winners from around the globe are honored for their published ski histories, films and videos, broadcasts, websites and other media and lifetime achievements.  The awards have been presented since 1993.

The 2019 ISHA Awards will honor online 14 such works plus a lifetime achievement award. The award recipients will be honored via video salutes acknowledging their varied achievements in preserving ski history.  The virtual awards ceremony will be posted this Fall on the ISHA website,, the world’s most extensive ski history archival online source. ISHA is also the publisher of the bi-monthly Skiing History Magazine, the foremost international journal covering the colorful roots of modern skiing.  

For more information on this year’s awardees, visit ISHA Award Winners 2020. ISHA’s partner in staging Skiing History Week, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame, has also opted to host their 2020 events virtually.  Both organizations are now developing the full 2021 schedule of events to take place in Snowmass next April.  HOF will host a full virtual induction ceremony in December honoring its Class of 2020 inductees. Details will be posted as they are finalized this Fall at and

Skiing History Week is a gathering of the international skiing community that shares both a love of snowsports and getting together on the slopes to celebrate its historic roots. 

Scroll down to learn more about the ISHA Awards.

ISHA chairman John Fry, who founded NASTAR in 1968, presents an award to Bill Madsen, who has led the national recreational racing program for more than 25 years. ISHA held its annual awards banquet in Squaw Valley during the 2018 NASTAR finals and 50th anniversary celebration.

Longtime ski journalist Peter Shelton won an Ullr Award — his second — for Tracks in the Snow.

A delegation traveled to Squaw Valley from China to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for Shan Zhaojian (center), China’s leading ski historian.

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 Squaw Valley (2018), Stowe (2017), Aspen (2016) and Steamboat (2015).

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 were presented in March 2018 at the Olympic Village Dining Hall in Squaw Valley, California.

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.

Baldur Award: Presented for an outstanding work of general interest that sheds significant light on an aspect of skiing 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 1993-2019

The Jury

The jury for the 2019 ISHA Awards, to be presented in December 2020, consisted of

  • 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

Following John Fry's death, Bob Soden has joined the committee in his place. Bob is a lifelong skier, historian and bibliophile, a longtime member of the ISHA Board of Directors. Coincidentally, he grew up in John Fry's neighborhood in Montreal. 

To learn more about the ISHA Awards, or to inquire about submitting a work for consideration, please contact the ISHA office at 802.366.1158 or email

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.