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SAM Magazine—Lakewood, Colo., Jan. 25, 2019—The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) presented the Ski Industry Impact Award to Peter “Mongo” Schory during the Western Winter Conference and Tradeshow at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort, Utah this week. Schory is being honored for his significant contributions to snow safety over a long and successful career.Mongo 2017

Schory has held various leadership roles with Snowbird, Wasatch Powderbird Guides, the NSAA Explosives Committee, and the Avalanche Artillery Users of North America Committee (AAUNAC). He is currently the director of winter operations at Snowbird and the chairman of the NSAA Explosives Committee.

A native of Colorado, Schory has worked hard to increase avalanche mitigation and snow safety over his 47-year career. Retiring this spring, he will be missed by colleagues at Snowbird and NSAA.

“Mongo’s impact on safety in snow science, helicopter skiing, and the operations at Snowbird are immeasurable, but most of us who have the good fortune to work alongside Mongo would agree that the impact of his friendship is even greater,” said Dave Fields, president and general manager at Snowbird.

“Snowbird and the entire ski industry have benefitted from Peter’s expertise and dedication to snow safety,” said Kelly Pawlak, president of NSAA. “The ski experience in the West wouldn’t be what it is today without his and other snow safety pioneers’ longtime dedication and service.”

The Industry Impact Award was last presented in 2016, to two people: Judy Dorsey of the Brendle Group, for her work in ski area and industry sustainability; and Robert Johnson, MD, for his decades of work collecting and analyzing data on ski-related injuries. The award is bestowed upon select leaders in the ski industry at appropriate times.