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13 November 2003

Ski Club Awards

Earlier this month the Ski Club held an Industry Awards Ceremony and presented awards to people who have really influenced the snowsports world at different stages in the past 100 years.

The evening included the presentation of the Pery Medal and also some special Centenary Medals to mark our 100th year.

Pery Medals - John Clarke (on behalf of Alain Baxter) and Franz KlammerFranz Klammer was honoured with the Pery Medal for his outstanding contribution to the success of competitive international skiing. Former winners of the Pery medal include Arnold Lunn, Martin Bell, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Alain Baxter, the Clubs 2002 Pery medalist, also received his award.

The Centenary Medals were awarded to individuals on the following criteria:

  • Done something extremely well which is difficult to do and has made a difference to skiing and boarding.
  • Made a significant contribution to skiing/boarding as at present
  • Influenced turning points in snowsports in the past 100 years.
  • Medal WinnersRecipients of the medals include:
    Mark Shapiro - Alpine photographer, Mike Browne - founder of Snow+Rock, Glen Plake - first real ski ’action’ hero, David Vine - commentator for ski Sunday, Sir David English - founder of the UK ski shows. A full list of recipients is below.

    Caroline Stuart Taylor, the Club’s Chief Executive says: "We are very excited about launching the Ski Club into its second century. It’s quite an achievement for a Club to be thriving after 100 years. We have seen dramatic growth and development in skiing and ski resorts. These medals give us the chance to thank those who have helped both the Club and snowsports get to where it is today, making it popular, and accessible to all. We are looking forward positively to even more growth as we head into the next Century.

    Stu Brass, Benson, Antonia, Warren Smith, Garth and Spencer Claridge"It was a dozen or so young pioneers of the sport that sat down to form the Ski Club in 1903. In 1904 there were 141 members. Today the Ski Club has its largest ever membership of 27,500 members and the website has 650,000 unique visitors! The Club is an active, innovative Club involved with many events both at home and abroad, and responsible for, home to the Snow Reports."

    Click here to look at the photos from the night: Click here to look at the photos from the night

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    Centenary medals
    a hundred years of adrenalin and adventure

    Awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to snowsports during the past 100 years, who may not have already been officially recognised.

    Holidays and Events

    Colin Murison Small founder of the chalet holiday with Murison Small holidays which later become Small World. Muribird chalet girls were renowned.
    David Vine commentator whose name is synonymous with Ski Sunday - well known to everyone who skied in the 80’s.
    Warren Smith drives the ’freeski’ movement and organises Verbier Ride extreme championships.
    Arnie Wilson has skied more ski resorts than anyone in the ski industry. Now editor of Ski and Board and one of the most respected independent ski journalists.
    Stu Brass together with Spencer Claridge started the ground-breaking AIM series to promote boarding and skiing to schools in the UK.


    Graham Bell only British team downhill racer to take part in 5 Olympics. Performance director for Snowsport GB.
    Nigel Brockton British speed skiing champion who broke British speed ski record in 1997.
    Nancy Green Olympic gold medalist in giant slalom at Chamrouse 1968 and Canada’s women of the century in 2001. This medal is really for her work in developing first Whistler/Blackcombe and then Sun Peak Resorts.
    Sarah Lewis Secretary-general of FIS and ex British team slalom racer from 1982-1988 competing in 1988 Olympic games and Alpine team captain.
    John Ritblat as chairman of British Land, has made a major contribution to British skiing through sponsorship of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation now Snowsport GB.

    UK Developments

    Ian Sykes ’Spike’ to his friends in the ski industry - he campaigned over 10 years to develop Aanoch More, Ben Nevis ski range, Scotland’s newest ski resort.
    David Frost

    will not be well known to many in the ski industry now but it was he who pioneered the use of artificial snow for UK indoor ski slopes being the driving force behind Tamworth.

    Hans Kuwall founder of BASI, British Association of Ski Instructors, internationally renowned and respected.
    Sir David English founded ski shows in the UK with Daily Mail Ski Show - first show in 1973.
    His son Neil will be collecting his medal.
    Mike Browne founder of Snow+Rock and has supported disabled skiing including developing sit boards for the disabled, and is himself an incredible example of drive and determination.
    Torbay Alpine Ski Club The first dry slope initiated by Sir Fred Pontin in Torquay in 1963. Award collected by Ron Batley.


    Mark Shapiro Internationally respected ski photographer, globally recognised as the father of modern ski photographers
    Warren Miller has been making films for more than 50 years. His UK film tour was actually preceded in the 80’s by his competitor Dick Barrymore but Warren Miller still inspires us annually with a new snowsports extravaganza.
    Glen Plake with his famous mohican astounded everyone with his incredible stunts for ski photography.

    1903-2003 The Ski Club of Great Britain - 100 years of adrenalin and adventure