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Bill Berry Hard News

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 Hard News Award is bestowed for outstanding service to skiing by writers for the printed media in a hard article. This award allows for self-nomination and may be received more than once but not in consecutive years.

Click on an underscored name to download the pdf citation.

Year 
PRINT- Hard News
2017
Chadd Cripe, writer "Idaho Statesman" Outdoor & Urban Recreation
2016
Linda McGavin, editor “Northwest Snowsports Guide”
2015
Jane Wyckoff, Assistant Editor & Writer, "Far West Skier's Guide"
2014
Ben Jacklet, Co-Founder and Writer “Shred-Hood
2013
Sylas Wright, Sports Editor "Sierra Sun"
2012
Bob Wilbanks, editor National Ski Club Newsletter
2011
Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle
2010
Sylas Wright, Sports Editor "Sierra Sun"
2009
Walter Roessing
2008
Walter Roessing
2007
Bob Wilbanks, editor National Ski Club Newsletter
2006
April Darrow, freelance journalist and former managing editor of NSAA Journal
2005
Walter Roessing
2004
Brian Clark, Photographer
2003
Walter Roessing
2002
Katherine Cole, Freelance Writer
2001
No award
2000
Walter Roessing, Contra Costa Times
1999
Rodney Angove, Sierra Ski Times
1998
Sam Bauman, Sierra Ski Times
1997
Al Auger
1996
Bob Cox, Daily Breeze
1995
Burt Sims, LA Herald Examiner
1994
Bob Cox, Daily Breeze
1993
Diane Slezak Scholfield, San Diego Union Tribune
1992
Walter Roessing, Contra Costa Times
1991
Garry Niver, San Mateo Times
1990
Susan Vreeland, Freelance Writer
Burt Sims, Skiing Magazine
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


Bill Berry
April 7, 1903 – January 1999



Burt Sims (6 time winner)



Walter Roessing (7 time winner)



Bob Cox (1996 / 1994)



Bob Wilbanks (2011 / 2007)



Katherine Cole (2002)

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