By David Schissler
(March 2013) I’m pleased to announce that at its recent annual meeting at Windham Mountain, NY, the Eastern Ski Writers Association, a branch of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA), voted me onto its Board of Directors. I’ve always shared Groucho Marxs’ philosophy on being a joiner…”I’d never join an organization that would have me for a member!”, but NASJA and ESWA are definite exceptions.
As a Board Member, I’ll be participating in the budgeting, planning and governance of the now 50 year old professional ski journalists’ group. I’ll also be involved in selecting ski resort sites for future association meetings. This will certainly help shine a larger light on The White Book and help me provide you with more insider info from many resorts.
This is my second time as an ESWA member, but first time on the board. In the ‘80’s, I wrote a weekly ski column for several newspapers in New Hampshire called The Inside Edge. In addition to writing I’ve been an NCAA alpine ski racer, a member of the United States Ski Coaches Association, Head Ski Coach at Franklin Pierce University, a certified ski and binding tech, occasional instructor and guide, been to two Winter Olympics (1976 and 1980) and over 100 World Cup alpine events, skied in every month of the year, and have only seven resorts left to ski on North America’s Top 50 ski resort list.
I’m flattered and pleased the ESWA has seen fit to elect me to its board. Given my family roots in skiing with my Dad George being a member of ESWA for over 40 years and my step-Dad Hans Schiessl being VP of Raichle, Tyrolia, Head and Fischer for many years; I’m eager to contribute to the association using the history and experience I bring to the task.