February 16, 2023 |

The director of the Grand Encampment Museum took home the silver medal with his recent book about the Copper Mountain ski area.

GEM director Tim Nicklas has a passion for history and snow sports. His enthusiasm for combining the two has inspired him to author two books about legendary Colorado ski resorts. His first run at the subject was published in 2014. Titled “Winter Park Resort: 75 Years of Imagining More,” was recognized by the International Skiing History Association, or ISHA, with its top honor: The Skatey Award.

In early 2022, Nicklas was hired by Colorado’s Copper Mountain Resort to pen a history of the area. After nine months of research and writing, “Copper Mountain Resort: 50 Years of Fortitude,” was published and submitted to the ISHA. Nicklas said his sophomore effort garnered him a 2nd place finish.

The “International” in International Skiing History Association means the award is open to participants from across the globe. Nicklas said his book faced stiff competition.

The 31st ISHA Awards Banquet will be held at the Big Sky Resort, in Montana. Nicklas said, on top of a physical award, he is invited to the banquet. The GEM director said he hasn’t decided if he’ll attend.

On March 21st, the multi-day event begins with a vintage ski fashion show. The next evening features a book signing followed by the awards ceremony. The gathering wraps up with a private history conference and ISHA board meetings.

Pictured above: Photo courtesy Copper Mountain.

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