Einar Aas Award

Ron Kubicki Award

For Excellence in Snowsports School Management

The Eastern Region honors Einar Aas and Ron Kubicki as well as other exceptional snowsports directors across our region who inspired the new Snowsports Leader of the Year Award. (Please see below for more information about this award and the new Double Diamond award and a link to this year’s nomination form.) Both Einar and Ron were dynamic and remarkable snowsports school directors; their dedication to their students, their schools, this organization (both regionally and nationally) and the snowsports industry is legendary.

Einar Aas was certified by the Canadian Ski Instructors Association and became a Canadian examiner in 1962. He later taught skiing at Mount Snow and at Blue Hills and was the Director of the ski school at Madonna Mountain (now Smugglers’ Notch) in Vermont. Einar became an Alpine Level III member of PSIA-E, having joined in 1964. Also in 1964, he began teaching skiing and running the racing program at Butternut Basin (now Ski Butternut) in Great Barrington, MA. In 1968 he opened Butternut Ski Shop and became the Director of Butternut Ski School, a position he held until he passed away on July 13, 2008, after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Einar was involved on the early Board of Directors of the National association and was a founding father on the original Board of the Eastern Division. Beginning in 1973, he would serve on the Eastern Division Board for twenty-nine years. He served terms as both Eastern President and National President, dedicating time to not only the Board of Directors, but also many committees and task forces. Einar was granted PSIA-AASI National and Eastern Lifetime Membership in 2002, recognizing his lifetime of dedicated service to the association.

Ron Kubicki spent many years as a beloved snowsports school director at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York. He was recognized as a director who demonstrated support and advocacy for his staff and earned tremendous respect, admiration and loyalty from his staff members. Ron also served for 15 years on the Eastern Division Board of Directors including 6 years as the Secretary of the Board, 3 years as Vice President, 3 years as President and 3 more years as the Immediate Past President. He played a key role in building a solid relationship with the presidents and executive directors at some the other large regions/divisions of PSIA-AASI and was part of a group that created a Joint Resolution to establish a Government Task Force to help redefine the working relationship between the regions/divisions within the larger organization. On the hill, Ron moved up the certification ladder quickly after joining in 1989 and earning his Alpine Level I certification, he earned his Alpine Level II in 1990 and his Alpine Level III in 1993. He branched out to earn his Telemark Level I in 2009 and his Children’s Specialist 1 and 2 in 2012 and 2013. Ron was granted Eastern Lifetime membership in 2018 as a recognition of his excellent service for the Eastern Region of PSIA-AASI and his efforts to unify and work with regions across the country.

YearPresented to:School
2009 Einar AwardFreddie AndersonSchenectady Ski School, NY
2010 Einar AwardDave MerriamStowe, VT
2012 Einar AwardBertie HollandPats Peak, NH
2013 Einar AwardKaren DolanCranmore, NH
2014 Einar AwardTerry BarbourMad River Glen, VT
2015 Einar AwardGwen AllardDouble H Ranch
2015 Einar AwardDoug KaufmannMount Snow, VT
2015 Kubicki AwardSusan SmollBear Creek, PA
2016 Einar AwardPeter WeberWaterville Valley, NH
2016 Kubicki AwardDebbie GoslinKissing Bridge, NY
2017 Einar AwardFranz KricklWindham Mountain, NY
2017 Kubicki AwardTony KellerCamelback, PA
2018 Einar AwardWendy FrankHoliMont, NY
2018 Kubicki AwardJay BarrangerSki Butternut, MA
2019 Einar AwardPaul CrenshawMassanutten, VA
2021 Kubicki AwardSteve HowieBristol Mountain, NY
2021 Einar AwardRoss BoisvertMcIntyre Ski Area, NH
2022 Kubicki AwardCarol WoodyChallenged Athletes of West Virginia, WV
2022 Einar AwardDan BergeronKillington, VT

New this year, the Snowsports Management Awards are being revamped.  First, we are introducing a new “Double Diamond” Award to recognize an emerging leader in Snowsports.  Second, the Einar Aas and Ron Kubicki Staff Appreciation Awards are being combined into the “Snowsports Leader of the Year Award.” Read on to learn more about these two great opportunities to recognize our rising stars and those directors/managers who should be recognized for their life-time achievements.

  1. The Double Diamond Award will be presented to an emerging leader in our industry who is nominated by their staff and/or peers for demonstrating innovation, growth, leadership, and exceptional contributions to their snowsports school.
  2. The Snowsports Leader of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding snowsports school director/manager for maintaining the highest standards in snowsports school management, their outstanding dedication to their instructors, commitment to their school, contributions to our organization (both regionally and nationally), and impact on the snowsports industry. This leader is nominated by their staff and/or peers. This award is inspired by Einar Aas, Ron Kubicki, Freddie Anderson, Dave Merriam and all of the amazing leaders above who have impacted and shaped the snowsports industry in the Eastern Region.

Click here to submit your nomination for our next Snowsports Leader of the Year and/or Double Diamond Award recipients. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 27, 2023.

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