ISHA Events & Awards

Please join us for the

28th Annual ISHA Awards Banquet

Rescheduled for Sun Valley

December 9-13, 2020

Mark the dates!

Please join us at the 28th Annual ISHA Awards Banquet, to be held December 10, 2020, at the Sun Valley Lodge.

The event, originally scheduled for March 28 but rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is part of Skiing History Week, December 9 to 13, held in partnership with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

ISHA’s schedule of events looks like this (times may change):

Wednesday, December 9

  • Welcome reception (5pm) Sun Valley Inn
  • John Fry Memorial Lecture (6pm-7:30) Sun Valley Inn

Thursday, December 10

  • Retro ski day on the hill (9am) Warm Springs
  • Roundhouse luncheon (noon)
  • ISHA cocktail party (5pm) Sun Valley Inn
  • ISHA Awards Banquet (6:30 to 9pm) Sun Valley Inn

Friday, December 11

  • Historians’ Colloquium (7am) By Invitation. Sun Valley Inn

Saturday, December 12

  • Hall of Fame Induction Banquet begins 4:30pm. Sun Valley Inn

Discounted lodging is available at the Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley Inn and at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. If you booked lodging for the March event, you may already have pushed your reservations back to December, or cancelled. If you cancelled your March reservations and wish to rebook for December, please call Sun Valley Lodging at 800-786-8259 or Limelight Reservations at 855-441-2250.

If you purchased a ticket for the March ISHA Awards Banquet and did not cancel, your ticket is valid for the December 10 banquet. If you do not hold a ticket, please book online or phone the ISHA office. Ticket price is $175, most of which may be tax deductible. Discounted lift tickets are available to all banquet registrants.

Tickets to Hall of Fame events are sold separately. For full information, please visit

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 April, 2021).  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 May-June issue of Skiing History will be in your mail shortly, and we look forward to seeing you to launch the 2020-2021 ski season.



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

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.