Longtime journalist of skiing

Passing Date: 
Sunday, April 22, 2018

An editor at SKI and Skiing magazines for 25 years until 1985, author of the first American encyclopedia, John Henry Auran, 90, died April 22, 2018 at the Mountainside Residential Care center, Margaretville, in New York’s Catskill Mountain region where he’d lived for the past 30 years.

          Auran and Sir Arnold Lunn (posthumously) were the first recipients in 1993 of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Skiing History Association. He was elected to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1999.

          As managing editor of SKI Magazine from 1959 to 1962, Auran wrote about early Head skis and the use of synthetic materials in ski-making. A keen student of technique, he authored an article about Schrittbogen (stepping early onto the outside ski in the turn), and later wrote about PSIA’s American Teaching System.

          As Senior Editor at Skiing Auran wrote on a wide range of topics -- from environmental concerns over Mineral King, California, to the Black Summit of African American skiers. He  also wrote extensively on the ski business for Skiing's sister magazine, Skiing Trade News. Auran pioneered the publication of the first daily news report at Ski Industries America's annual trade show. He reported all of the Winter Olympics and FIS World Championships from 1960 to 1980. He was the magazine’s authority on boots.

Read the full obituary in the May-June 2018 issue of Skiing History.

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