Einar Award

Kubicki Award

For Excellence in Snowsports School Management

The Einar Award is presented to an Eastern snowsports school director as a tribute to Einar Aas, to honor his memory. Einar was an outstanding snowsports school director; his dedication to his students, his school, this organization (both regionally and nationally) and the snowsports industry is legendary. This award recognizes dynamic leadership of a snowsports school while achieving and maintaining the highest standards, as nominated and selected by his/her peers. Einar Aas was born in Trondheim, Norway on July 6, 1934. He moved to Montreal, Canada in 1960 and taught skiing at Gray Rocks while working as a mechanical engineer. Einar was certified by the Canadian Ski Instructors Association and became an 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. Throughout his long career Einar enjoyed teaching skiing, snowboarding and he enjoyed coaching racing. He loved and worked actively with children, and he made every effort to be sure every child who wanted to learn to ski/ ride got that opportunity. He was a mentor to all who wanted to learn. His passion for skiing and life was second to none. Einar was a true professional, a real character, a “linguistic liberator” and a friend to all who loved snowsports. This award will help keep his memory alive for years to come.
Year Presented to: School
2009 Einar Award Freddie Anderson Schenectady Ski School, NY
2010 Einar Award Dave Merriam Stowe, VT
2012 Einar Award Bertie Holland Pats Peak, NH
2013 Einar Award Karen Dolan Cranmore, NH
2014 Einar Award Terry Barbour Mad River Glen, VT
2015 Einar Award Gwen Allard Double H Ranch
2015 Einar Award Doug Kaufmann Mount Snow, VT
2015 Kubicki Award Susan Smoll Bear Creek, PA
2016 Einar Award Peter Weber Waterville Valley, NH
2016 Kubicki Award Debbie Goslin Kissing Bridge, NY
2017 Einar Award Franz Krickl Windham Mountain, NY
2017 Kubicki Award Tony Keller Camelback, PA
2018 Einar Award Wendy Frank HoliMont, NY
2018 Kubicki Award Jay Barranger Ski Butternut, MA
2019 Einar Award Paul Crenshaw Massanutten, VA
2021 Kubicki Award Steve Howie Bristol Mountain, NY
2021 Einar Award Ross Boisvert McIntyre Ski Area, NH
2022 Kubicki Award Carol Woody Challenged Athletes of West Virginia, WV
2022 Einar Award Dan Bergeron Killington, VT
The Kubicki Award began in 2015 (the first honoree was Susan Smoll of Bear Creek, PA) and recognizes a snowsports school director who has demonstrated support and advocacy for his or her staff and has earned tremendous respect, admiration and loyalty from his or her school staff members. If you have an awesome school director and you want to recognize him or her for efforts, advocacy, support and making your school a great place to teach, work and play, get together with your colleagues and send in a nomination form (or forms) and tell us why your school director deserves this year’s “Ronnie”! 2022 Nomination deadline has passed, please think about nominating your director next fall! Qualifications & Attributes Considered:
  • Nominees should have served for a minimum total of ten years in snowsports management (past or present) of a PSIA-Eastern snowsports school.
  • Nominees should have a clearly demonstrated history of dedication to his/her students, staff, the organization and the snowsports industry.
  • Nominee should be a living snowsports school director or manager (no posthumous nominations).
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