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Nominees for Snowsports-Related Awards

Postby John » Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:42 pm

I'm a member of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association (, which is a group of people who write about skiing, snowboarding, and other snow-based activities (dog mushing, snow shoeing) that don't involve machinery.

Every year the organization recognizes people who have made contributions to snow sports, whether as business leaders, competitors, or in other capacities. Generally, skiers rather than snowboarders get the attention, so I'm looking for names of some people who might be worthy nominees.

One category is "Outstanding Competitor." Most of these have been downhill skiers, though not always. Past winners:

Lindsey Vonn (Ski); Julia Mancuso (ski); Shaun White (snowboard); Bode Miller (ski); Hanner Teter (snowboard); Daron Rahlves (ski), and the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.

There's also a "Lifetime Achievement Award" for anyone who has made significant achievements "in competition, innovation, equipment design" or another "related accomplishment."

Past winners:
Cecile Ryden Johnson (painter); Max and Edna Dercum (A-basin); David Rowan (publishes an industry magazine); John Fry (founder of NASTAR); Otto Lang (filmmaker); Ginny Cochran (Cochran's Skill Hill); Andrea Mead-Lawrence (Olympic skier); Pepi Stiegler (Jackson Hole ski school; Klaus Obermeyer (clothing)

Finally there's another award that is of ambiguous description, but which is something between a cross between an annual award and a lifetime award for "outstanding contributions to the advancement of North American snowsports."

Past winners include:
Carl Ettlinger (Vermont Ski Safety Research); Jerry Nunn (ski patroller); Pet Seibert (founder of Vail); Jeannie Thoren (she gives seminars on why women benefit from women-specific skis), a few ski show and trade association executives, and a guy who is considered the "father of snow grooming." Back in 1997, Tom Sims and Jake Burton Carpenter were given the award.

So I ask you, snowboard enthusiasts (and some of you "cross-dressers" as well), let's hear it. Who, in your opinion, has contributed something to the enjoyment of snowboarding and/or skiing?
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Postby patmoore » Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:22 pm

Great topic John and one that will take a lot of thought.

My first thought under the subject "outstanding contributions to the advancement of North American snowsports" would be Bill Madsen, Executive Director of NASTAR for the past several years. He is a tireless promoter of recreational ski and snowboard racing and spearheads the annual NASTAR Nationals which have hosted as many as 1400 racers. He's a former National Powder 8 champion and one heck of a nice guy.

Another possibility is PepsiCo's Frank Tansey who has overseen the Eastern Regional Mt. Dew Vertical Challenge for a long time. Frank is on the board of the Make a Wish Foundation and the Mt. Dew races have contributed a significant amount of money to that worthy organization. If you've never competed in a Mt. Dew Vertical Challenge race, be sure to check their schedule. They give away a lot of great raffle prizes and they have a separate category for snowboarders!
Mt. Dew Vertical Challenge(scroll down to see Western and Eastern links.
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