outstanding professionals

Awards

 
 

AWARD

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

This is the highest award bestowed by the American Avalanche Association. It is given annually or less frequently, to a person who has distinguished themselves by special achievement in the field of snow avalanches.

The purpose of this award is to bring honor to the awardees, to provide inspiration to the membership, and to emphasize the programs to which the Association is dedicated. The number of awards will be restricted so as not to include more than 20 living individuals at any one time. A3 membership not required. 

 
 

Recipients

2016 - Ian McCammon and Dave Hamre

2014 - Ron Perla

2012 - Jill Fredston

2010 - Mark B. Moore

2009 - Dan Judd and Daniel "Howie" Howlett

2008 - Don Bachman and Knox Williams

2006 - Art Judson

2004 - Rod Newcomb

2002 - Doug Fesler

 

 

2000 - Sam Colbeck and Bob Brown

1998 - Sue Ferguson (Deceased)

1996 - Peter Schaerer

1995 - John Montagne (Deceased)

1992 - Dick Reuter

1991 - Dale Gallagher (Deceased)

1990 - Norm Wilson (Deceased)

1989 - Ed LaChapelle (Deceased)

1987 - Monty Atwater (Posthumously), John Herbert (Posthumously) and Pete Martinelli

 

BERNIE KINGERY AWARD

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Recognizes sustained career contributions by dedicated avalanche field professionals. Candidates are primarily engaged in avalanche forecasting, mitigation, research or education and safety.

This award is in honor of John Bernier Kingery's long career of ski patrol and snow safety work. Kingery became the Mountain Manager of Alpine Meadows Ski Area and was killed there in 1982 in the most deadly avalanche in North American ski area history. This award is for A3 Professional Members.

 
 

Recipients

2016 - Doug Richmond, Kelly Elder and Ethan Greene

2013 - Craig "Sterbie" Sterbenz

2012 - Gary Murphy

2011 - Leif Eric Boregson and Tom Murphy

2010 - Russell "Rusty" Johnson and David W. Lovejoy

2008 - Karl Birkeland

2006 - Randy Elliott

 

2004 - Bruce Tremper

2002 - Tom Kimbrough

2000 - Don Bachman

1998 - Liam Fitzgerald

1997 - Jim Hackett (Posthumously) and Binx Sandahl (Deceased)

1996 - Larry Heywood

1994 - Rod Newcomb

1992 - Bernie Kingery (Posthumously)

 

AWARD

HONORARY FELLOWSHIP

The honorees are recognized by their peers in the AAA for significant contribution to avalanche-related programs in countries other than the United States and, in general, for communicating their work to those in the U.S. so that those contributions may be shared for common benefit. A3 membership not required. 

 
 

Recipients

2016 - Alec van Herwijnen

2014 - Bruce Jamieson

2008 - Christine Pielmeier

2006 - Juerg Schweizer

2004 - Paul Foehn

2002 - Horst Schaffhauser and
Kayou Fukuyama

1998 - Kartsein Lied

1996 - Paval A. Chernouss

1994 - Tsutomu "Tom" Nakamura and
David McClung

1992 - Hansueli Gubler

1990 - Andre Roch (Deceased), Peter Schaerer, Ron Perla, Hans Frutiger, Walter Good and Geoff Freer

 

AWARD

SPECIAL SERVICE

Recognizes specific and outstanding achievement in the service of North American snow avalanche activity. Generally the Governing Board will initiate the nomination and approval process. A3 membership not required.

 
 

Recipients

2010 - Billy Barr

2008 - Chris Landry

2007 - Jerry Nunn (Deceased)

2006 - Pete Peters and Don Sharaf

2004 - John Simms and Ethan Greene

2002 - (no award given)

2000 - Steve Conger

1998 - Alan Dennis

1997 - Bruce Jamieson

1996 - Liam Fitzgerald

1994 - Betsy Armstrong and Robin Faisant

1993 - Bruce Tremper and Knox Williams

1992 - Stan Bones

1990 - Sue Ferguson (Deceased), John Montagne (Deceased), Bruce Tremper, Larry Heywood, Greg Mace (Posthumously) and Chris Stethem

 

With respect we honor the following

Memorials

 

March 22, 2016
Rick “Oz” Oswald
Snowcat ski guide
Mt Bailey, OR
Avalanche Accident

March 8, 2016
Kip Rand
Avalanche Forecaster
Mt. Joseph, OR
Cornice Failure

January 19, 2016
Darren Johnson,
Ski Patroller
Yellowstone Club, MT
Avalanche Accident

April 1, 2015
Peter “Pi” Inglis
Backcountry Ski Guide
Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, AK
Avalanche Accident/Cornice Failure

May 29 (likely), 2014
Matthew Hegeman
Climbing Guide
Mount Rainier, WA
Icefall Avalanche Accident

May 29 (likely), 2014
Eitan Green
Climbing Guide
Mount Rainier, WA
Icefall Avalanche Accident

March 15, 2014
Aaron Karitis
Heliski Guide
Haines, AK
Avalanche Accident

March 4, 2014
Colin Sutton
Wolf Creek Ski Patroller/Heliski Guide
East San Juan Mountains, CO
Avalanche Accident

April 20, 2013
Rick Gaukel
Snowboard Guide
Loveland Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

April 11, 2013
Craig Patterson
UDOT Forecaster
Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
Avalanche Accident

March 3, 2013
Christian Cabanilla
Heliski Guide
Haines, AK
Cornice Collapse

December 30, 2012
Patricia “Patsy” Hileman
Ski Patroller
Snowmass Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

December 24, 2012
Bill Foster
Ski Patroller
Alpine Meadows Ski Area, CA
Avalanche Accident

January 31, 2002
Brian Roust
Ski Patroller
Canyons Ski Resort, UT
Avalanche Accident

November 22, 2010
Scott Kay
Ski Patroller
Wolf Creek Ski Area
Avalanche Accident

January 9, 2010
Mark “Big Wally” Wolling
Ski Patroller
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY
Avalanche Accident

March 3, 2009
Andrew “Drew” James Entin
Ski Patroller
Squaw Valley, CA
Avalanche Accident

March 8, 2008
Mike O’Leary
Avalanche Forecaster
Cordova, AK
Avalanche Accident

January 22, 2004
Jeffery Nissman
Avalanche Forecaster
Portage, AK.
Avalanche Accident

February 1, 2000
Kerry Brookman
Alaska Railroad Heavy Equipment Operator
Avalanche Accident

October 21, 1998
Everett J. Birch
Avalauncher crew member
Pandora Unit of Idarado Mining, CO
In bore launcher round predetonated accident

December 25, 1996
Erika E. Pankow
Ski Patroller
Big Sky, MT
Explosives Accident

February 10, 1996
Jim Otteson
Helicopter Ski Guide
Paradise Peak, ID
Avalanche Accident

 

June 14, 1995
Bruce Hance
NPS Highway Technician
Tioga Pass, Yosemite National Park, CA
Avalanche Accident

December 17, 1994
Steve Burchett
Ski Patroller
Mission Ridge, WA
Avalanche Accident

November 23, 1994
Roger Evans
USFS Snow Ranger
Alpine Meadows, CA
Gunnery Accident

July 17, 1992
Gordon Burlingame
Avalanche Control Supervisor
WSDOT North Central Region
Servicing a weather tower, tower collapse

March 5, 1992
Eddie Imel
CDOT Highway Technician
Red Mountain Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

February 12, 1992
Mark Yates
Avalanche Forecaster
La Sal Mountains, UT
Avalanche Accident

February 19, 1989
Jefferson Wong
Ski Patroller
Mount Hood Meadows, WA
Avalanche Accident

August 3, 1986
Ian Kraabel
Climbing Guide
Mt. Baker, WA
Avalanche Accident

February 17, 1986
Tommy Raymer
Ski Patroller
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY
Avalanche Accident

February 4, 1986
Kim Momb
Helicopter Ski Guide
Selkirk Mountains, Canada
Avalanche Accident

December 2, 1985
Paul Driscoll
Ski Patroller
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1984
Tom Snyder
Ski Patroller
Highlands ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1984
Craig Soddy
Ski Patroller
Highlands Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1984
Chris Kessler
Ski Patroller
Highlands Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

December 18, 1983
Mickey Johnston
Ski Patroller
Copper Mountain Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

December 24, 1982
David Stutzman
Ski Patroller
Big Sky, MT
Avalanche Accident

December 22, 1982
Steven Forsythe
Highway Technician
Helms Creek, CA
Gunnery Accident

December 22, 1982
Charles Marvin
Highway Technician
Helms Creek, CA
Gunnery Accident

December 22, 1982
Douglas Wiens
Avalauncher Gunner
Helms Creek, CA
Gunnery Accident

December 22, 1982
Gary Pheister
Avalauncher Gunner
Helms Creek, CA
Gunnery Accident

March 31, 1982
Jeffery “Jake” Smith
Trail Crew Member
Alpine Meadows, CA
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1982
Bernie Kingery
Ski Patroller/Mountain Manager
Alpine Meadows, CA
Avalanche Accident

January 25, 1982
Albert Dow
Search & Rescue Team Member
Mt. Washington, NH
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1981
Roberto Gasperl
Ski Patroller
Snowmass Ski Area, CO
Avalanche Accident

March 4, 1979
William F. “Willi” Unsoeld
Climbing Guide
Rainier National Park, WA
Avalanche Accident

February 10, 1978
George Morris
County Road Operator
Twin Lakes, CA
Avalanche Accident

February 10, 1978
Terry Kishbaugh
CDOT Highway Technician
Red Mountain Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

February 9, 1978
Tyler Hammond
Highway Technician
Helms Creek, CA
Avalanche Accident

November 23, 1974
Peter Horridge
Ski Patroller
Arapahoe Basin, CO
Avalanche Accident

February 7, 1974
Duane Gifford
Highway Technician
Thane Highway, AK
Avalanche accident

December 13, 1973
Marvin R. Critton
Ski Patroller
Mammoth Mountain, CA
Explosives Accident

March 16, 1971
Tom Simpson
Snowcat Ski Guide
Aspen Mountain, CO
Avalanche Accident

March 2, 1970
Robert F. Miller
CDOT Highway Technician
Red Mountain Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

November 26, 1967
Earl Gentry
Ski Patroller
Arapahoe Basin, CO
Avalanche Accident

February 18, 1967
John Johnson
Ski Patroller
Skyline Ski Area, ID
Avalanche Accident

February 18, 1967
Carolyn Laffoon
Ski Patroller
Skyline Ski Area, ID
Avalanche Accident

March 16, 1966
Ole Olefson
USFS Snow Ranger
Crystal Mountain, WA
Gunnery Accident

March 29, 1964
Lawrence H. Allen
USFS Snow Ranger
Snow Basin, UT
Avalanche Accident

March 12, 1964
Richard Pittman
Ski Patroller
Snow King, WY
Avalanche Accident

March 9, 1958
Tony Deane
Ski Patroller
Snow Basin, UT
Avalanche Accident

April 8, 1957
Wayne Whitlock
CDOT Highway Technician
Berthoud Pass CO
Avalanche Accident

May 26, 1953
William Whitsord
Highway Technician
Glacier National Park, MT
Avalanche Accident

May 26, 1953
George Beaton
Highway Technician
Glacier National Park, MT
Avalanche Accident

February 4, 1952
Ray Wittig
WSDOT North Central Region Lead Technician
Tumwater Canyon, WA
Avalanche Accident

March 31, 1944
Adam Fraiser
CDOT Highway Technician
Loveland Pass, CO
Avalanche Accident

 

The American Avalanche Association would like to thank the following individuals for their help and assistance with this memorial list:Doug Abromeit, Dale Atkins, Don Bachman, Mindy Barnett, Leif Eric Borgeson, John Brennan, Peter Carvelli, Bob Comey, Steve Conger, Roland Emetaz, James “Magnum” Frisque, Bill Glude, Ethan Greene, Rick Grubin, Susan Hale, Paul Horton, Rob Hunker, Karen Izbicki, Janet Kellam, Spencer Logan, Wade McKoy, Mark Mueller, Gary Murphy, Ray Mumford, Ian McCammon, Rod Newcomb, Joney Otteson, Patrick O’Sullivan, Blasé Reardon, Doug Richmond, Jerry Roberts, Eric Rohr, Don Sharaf, Lowell Skoog, Randy “Bunion” Spence, Scott Toepfer, Tom Turiano, Carla Wheeler, Ken White, Knox Williams, Bill Williamson, Lynne Wolfe, Bob Woodall and Evan Woods.