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75 Year Celebration of
Snowsport History
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Bill Berry with Longboards

Bill Berry
Snow-Shoe Flat
with long-boards
1952

Bill Berry in 1973

Bill Berry
1973

Bill Berry St. Olav medal from Norway 1977

Bill Berry
receives St. Olav Medal from Norway 1977

Bill Berry FWSA Award

Bill Berry has reported winter sport news since the winter of 1916. He reported on more ski tourneys, both Alpine and Nordic, than any other reporter in the nation. Bill’s career in the Sierras saw him on the slopes of Truckee and Lake Tahoe in 1926, covering events of the old National Ski Association.

Bill reported skiing for such papers as the Reno Journal, The Sacramento Bee, The Sacramento Union, The New York Daily News, and all the major wire services. He reported the skiing events for the 1960 Olympics and the FIS Championships in 1950 through 1964. In his last year of reporting, he covered over 100 Far West high school and intercollegiate races on the spot, a record that may never be equaled by any ski writer.

Bill was the Historian for Auburn Ski Club’s Western America SkiSport Museum at Boreal Ridge, and was Historian Emeritus for the National Ski Hall of Fame in Ispeming, Michigan. In 1969, he was the recipient of the Blegen Award, the highest award given by USSA. He was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in the Bicentennial year, 1976. He passed away in January 1999, active to the end.

The Bill Berry Award is for Print Coverage of Skiing. This award is given for outstanding service to skiing and is presented to writers for either a featured article or hard news.

   
PRINT- Hard News PRINT - Featured Article
2016
Jordan Romero & Linda LeBlanc, authors "No Summit Out of Sight" Linda McGavin, Editor "Northwest Snowsports Directory"
2015
Chris Santella, Author "50 Places to Ski & Snowboard before you Die" Jane Wyckoff, co-Editor "Far West Skiers' Guide"
2014
Christopher van Tilburg, MD, Author "The Adrenaline Junkie's Bucket List" Ben Jacklet, Website "Shed Hood"
2013
Sylas Wright, Sports Editor "Sierra Sun" no award
2012
Bob Wilbanks, editor National Ski Club Newsletter Jon Tullis, book "Timberline Lodge: A Love Story"
2011
Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle Wendolyn Holland, book "Sun Valley: An Extraordinary History"
2010
Sylas Wright, Sports Editor "Sierra Sun" Mckay Jenkins book "The Last Ridge— The Epic Story of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division and the Assault on Hitler's Europe"
2009
Walter Roessing Jennifer Woodlief, book A Wall of White
2008
Walter Roessing Chris Davenport, book Ski the 14ers
2007
Bob Wilbanks, editor National Ski Club Newsletter Charles J. Sanders, book The Boys of Winter
2006
April Darrow, freelance journalist and former managing editor of NSAA Journal Jimmy Petterson, book Skiing Around the World
2005
Walter Roessing Richard Kun, The Snow Summit Story, 1952-2002
2004
Brian Clark, Photographer Leigh Gieringer, Skier’s Guide
2003
Walter Roessing Christopher Solomon, Ski/Skiing Magazines
2002
Katherine Cole, Freelance Writer Chaco Mohler, Freelance Writer &
2001
No award No award
2000
Walter Roessing, Contra Costa Times Leigh Gieringer, Skier’s Guide
1999
Rodney Angove, Sierra Ski Times Gregory Dennis, Freelance Writer
1998
Sam Bauman, Sierra Ski Times Ken Castle, Ski Magazine
1997
Al Auger Luanne Pfeifer, Gretchen’s Gold
1996
Bob Cox, Daily Breeze

Diane Slezak Scholfield, San Diego Union Tribune

1995
Burt Sims, LA Herald Examiner No award
1994
Bob Cox, Daily Breeze Glen Putman, Freelance Writer
1993
Diane Slezak Scholfield, San Diego Union Tribune

No award

1992
Walter Roessing, Contra Costa Times Robert Frohlich, Tahoe World

John Rosenfeld, Research
(special award)

1991
Garry Niver, San Mateo Times Glen Putman, Freelance Writer
1990
Susan Vreeland, Freelance Writer Burt Sims, Skiing  
1989
Wendell Benedetti, Los Angeles Daily News  
1988
Mary Wendt, Herald Examiner  
1987
Garry Niver, San Mateo Times  
1986
Clint Swift, Sacramento Bee  
1985
Walter Roessing, Contra Costa Times  
1984
Burt Sims, LA Herald Examiner  
1983
Luanne Pfeifer, Freelance Writer  
1982
Bob Lochner, Los Angeles Times  
1981
Larry Christensen, US Ski News  
1981

Harry (Henry) Kaiser, Skiing Magazine

 
1980
Glen Kramon, San Francisco Examiner  
1979
Hal Roberts, Skiers Almanac  
1978
Burt Sims, LA Herald Examiner  
1977
Ethel Van DeGrift, Christian Science Monitor  
1976
Hal Roberts, Skiers Almanac  
1975
Burt Sims, LA Herald Examiner  
1974
Warren Miller, Warren Miller Productions  
1973
Joan Sweeney, Los Angeles Times  
1972
Chap Wentworth, Sacramento Bee  
1971
Russ Tiffany, Far West Ski News  
1970
Bob Lochner, San Francisco Chronicle  
1969
John Hamilton, KPAT, San Francisco  
1968
Lee Klein, Western Skier  
1967
Luanne Pfeifer, Santa Monica Evening Outlook  
1966
Burt Sims, LA Herald Examiner  

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Bill Berry Head Shot

William Banks Berry
Apr. 7, 1903 - Jan. 1999

Charles J. Sanders

Charles J. Sanders 2006
receives the Bill Berry Award from Randy Lew

Jimmy Petterson

Jimmy Petterson 2006
receives the Bill Berry Award from Mike Sanford

Walter Roessing, Richard Kun

Walter Roessing 2005, Richard Kun 2005
receives the Bill Berry Award from Mike Sanford

Leigh

Leigh Gieringer 2004
receives the Bill Berry Award for Featured Article from Joe Loader

Bill Berry Award

Walter Roessing 2000
receives the Bill Berry Award for Hard News from Steve Coxen

 

 

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