The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) presented two ski industry leaders with the Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Bonar, of Snowbird, and Blaise Carrig, of Vail Resorts.

The NSAA Lifetime Achievement Award is the association’s highest honor, presented to leaders and innovators in the ski industry who have exhibited passion and a pioneering spirit to advance industry interests, and have worked in support of NSAA initiatives and programs.

“These dedicated leaders are recognized not only for their individual success within their resort companies, but their far reaching impacts and contributions to the success of NSAA and the entire ski industry,” said Kelly Pawlak, NSAA president.

Bonar began his ski industry career at Snowbird in 1971 and was named General Manager of the resort in 1997. In his 47 years at the resort, Bonar demonstrated leadership in the areas of public lands stewardship, stakeholder relations and sustainability. He helped build Snowbird and make it one of America’s great ski destinations. During his long and successful career, Snowbird expanded into Mineral Basin, offered a lift-served connection to neighboring Alta, built North America’s first skier tunnel, and built The Summit, an 18,000 square foot dining facility at the top of Hidden Peak.

“Bob is the epitome of a stand-up guy and is a tremendous role model for future leaders in the ski industry when it comes to working constructively with stakeholders, government, and community partners,” said Geraldine Link, NSAA director of public policy.

Blaise Carrig began his ski industry career as a ski patroller at Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, eventually working his way up to President and Managing Director. His career saw him take senior leadership roles at The Canyons, Utah, and Heavenly Mountain Resort, California. In 2008, he was named COO and President – Mountain Division at Vail Resorts, Inc., and served as a special advisor until his retirement in December 2018. Through his career, Carrig emphasized the importance of stewardship and service, promoting partnerships with the National Forest Foundation; encouraging corporate funding of forest restoration work; and creating the Vail Resorts Health & Safety Team.

“Blaise is a natural leader and people have always gravitated to his leadership,” said Patricia Campbell, Mountain Division President at Vail Resorts. “Everyone knows you can rely on him to be candid, having clear expectations and letting you know where you stand. Blaise always brings a lightness and sense of humor with his leadership. He loves to connect with his team and employees and have fun.”

The awards were presented at the NSAA National Convention and Tradeshow in San Diego, CA. Bonar received his award at a ceremony on April 30, 2019; Carrig received his award on May 1, 2019.