ISHA Awards, 2021: Honoring the best histories published in 2020


MANCHESTER CENTER, VT (Feb. 8, 2021) – The International Skiing History Association (ISHA), the nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and advance the knowledge of ski history, today announced the 14 recipients of its annual awards honoring the best works of history published during 2020.

First established in 1993, the ISHA Awards include the year’s best creative works of ski history, including books, films, websites and other media projects.

From the frozen spine of the Colorado Rockies to the icy steeps of Riva Ridge in Italy; to ski tourism in Idaho's remote Wood River Valley; Arapahoe Basin in the Rockies; the Arlberg region; and the history of handicapped skiing; to movies about the American men’s downhill team; and a book the size of a coffee table that covers skiing around the world, these winners exemplify the best in ski communications.

“We like to think of these as the Pulitzers of snowsports history, projects that honor the people and places that have made skiing so memorable for millions of current and past enthusiasts,” says Seth Masia, ISHA president.

“Few sports have impacted so many people as passionately as skiing.”

The awards will be presented during an online event to be held in April 2021. To see the 2020 Awards Presentation Program, and for details about ISHA Awards, go to Meanwhile, watch for reviews of the winning books and films in the Media Reviews section of the magazine accessible through

 The 2020-21 winners are:

ISHA Ullr Award

Maurice Isserman: The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey of the 10th Mountain Division, America's Elite Alpine Warriors  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

Janez Kavar (ed). Američani na Mangartu 1945: smučarska tekma 10. gorske divizije na Mangartu 3. Junija 1945   Slovenia.
Zdruzenje vojaskih gornikov Slovenije, 2020 [Title in English: Americans on Mount Mangart 1945: Ski race of the 10th Mountain Division at Mount Mangart, Slovenia June 3, 1945]

Maurice Woehrlé Les Peuples du Ski: 10,000 Ans d’Histoire Books on Demand, 2020  [Title in English: Skiing Peoples: 10,000 Years of History]

ISHA Skade Award

John W. Lundin Skiing Sun Valley: A History from Union Pacific to the Holdings  The History Press, 2020

Nancy Campbell Stone Buck Hill: Let's Give it a Whirl! A History 1954-2015  Printed by Smith Printing Co. LLC, 2019    

Cathleen Norman with Alan Henceroth Arapahoe Basin: A Colorado Legend Since 1946  The Donning Company Publishers, 2020

Martin Rhomberg and Christof Thöny (Hg.) Sichtbar: Eugen Heimhuber - Fotografien am Arlberg und Hochtannberg  Lorenzi Verlag, 2019 [Title in English: Eugen Heimhuber’s Vision - Photographs of the Arlberg and Hochtannberg]

Robin Morning For the Love of It: The Mammoth Legacy of Roma and Dave McCoy  Blue Ox Press, 2020

Donald A. Johnston Hotel Kosciusko: The History and Legacy of Australia's First Planned Alpine Resort  Produced by The Perisher Historical Society, printed by Hogan Print, 2020

Ingrid P. Wicken Lost Ski Areas of Tahoe and Donner  The History Press, 2020

ISHA Baldur Awards

Jimmy Petterson  Skiing Around the World II: Collecting Ski Resorts  Skibum Publishing Company, 2019

ISHA Film Awards

Fresh Tracks Produced by: TFA Group + Leimkuehler Media       Producers: Mo Finn and Lena Moss Glaser   Executive Producers: Jeremy Snyder, Katie Leimkuehler and Mallory Weggemann  Director: Hans Rosenwinkel [*Note all the "producers" (as listed in the film credits)]                                                                                                                       

Bode Miller USSST photo

[The] American Downhiller: The Legend of the Men's Team Produced by Claire Brown and Scott Lyons  Editors: Susie Theis and Claire Brown Narration: Steve Porino  POC, Ski Racing Media and Jalbert Productions

About ISHA

The International Skiing History Association (ISHA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and advance the knowledge of ski history and to increase public awareness of the sport’s heritage. It is recognized worldwide as an important resource for comprehensive, accurate information on the history of ski resorts, personalities, equipment, technique and events. ISHA’s 1,400 members  – including resort and industry leaders, World Cup and Olympic racers, leading authors and historians, and passionate skiers from two dozen nations – share a love of the sport and its rich past. The association publishes the magazine Skiing History six times a year. For more information, including details on membership, view



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