ISHA Events & Awards

Skiing History Week Postponed

Rescheduled for Sun Valley

December 9-13, 2020

Mark the dates!

To our valued Skiing History Week Attendees:

It is with great regret that the ISHA board of directors announces that it is postponing its events during Skiing History Week in Sun Valley, March 25-28, along with our co-host, The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.  With the growing threats of the coronavirus, it is clear that this is the responsible step to take.

At this time, however, we are moving ahead with planning for this event in Sun Valley, December 10-13, 2020 and will get further scheduling details to you as soon as finalized. We are hopeful, but cannot guarantee, that travel advisories will be relaxed by that time. We will also be holding the 2021 Skiing History Week in Aspen/Snowmass in early April.  Again, as soon as that schedule is finalized, we will notify all ISHA members.

In the event that you opt out of attending events in Sun Valley in December, ISHA will refund your Awards Banquet ticket or you may opt to hold onto that purchase for use in December in Sun Valley.  If you opt for a refund, please let us know by email to Kathe Dillmann, or call 802-362-1667. Refund is $175 per ticket purchased.  Please watch your email in box for refund notification in the near future.  (EventBrite’s fee of $12.29 is nonrefundable.)  In light of so many event cancellations, this may take a little time to clear through their system. 

Additionally, Sun Valley lodging has generously waived limitations on cancellations and refunds if you chose not to attend the December gathering.  You must contact them directly with your request.  That number is 800-786-8259.  For those staying at the Limelight, please contact Limelight Reservations at 855-441-2250 and they will arrange for credit on a future stay there.    

Most airlines are not refunding tickets but allowing liberal policies on re-booking.  As of today, we have been advised to hold off making any changes to airline tickets until next week.

We all have been looking forward to gathering in Sun Valley and sharing our favorite winter pastime on their splendid ski slopes and in our social gatherings, and celebrating skiing’s history along with those authors, filmmakers, website creators and academics who are the winners of this year’s ISHA Awards. We intend to continue that tradition in both Sun Valley and Aspen/Snowmass in the year ahead.  We sincerely hope you will join us at both.

Thank you for your continued support of ISHA and its mission - to preserve and advance the knowledge of ski history and to increase public awareness of the sport’s heritage.  Our March/April issue of Skiing History will be in your mail shortly, along with a fascinating special supplement written by ISHA board member Charles Sanders, a very special add-on to your ISHA membership.  May the rest of your ski season be a good one and we lo ok forward to seeing you when the 2020-21 season gets underway.

Seth Masia                                 Kathe Dillmann 


ISHA President                           ISHA Events Manager

Skiing History Week 2020 is held in partnership with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.



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

  • 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

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.