John Fry

Year Inducted: 1995

Born: January 22, 1930 Montral, CAN

Since 1964 skiers have best known John Fry as the editor of Ski Life, Ski Magazine, Ski Business, Cross-Country Skier and Ski Area Management. In 1987 he began a new national magazine, Snow Country, with a circulation of 465,000 that has been a major influence on the sport. For 35 years his strong editorial positions have had a significant influence on recreational and competitive skiing, environmental issues and the politics of skiing.

He conceived and implemented two yardsticks used in the sport worldwide to measure ski racing performance: NASTAR and the Nations Cup. NASTAR, his brainchild in 1968, is now staged weekly at 150 ski areas nationwide with over 100,000 participants. The concept spread to Canada, Switzerland, Austria and Australia.

In order to involve Ski Magazine when the World Cup was conceived in 1966, Fry suggested a Nations Cup trophy honoring the national team with the most World Cup points. It would be used to gauge a team’s annual progress, and after 40 years, still remains part of the World Cup awards.

Born in Canada in 1930, Fry graduated from McGill University in 1952. He began skiing in 1936, and is a member of the Red Birds, one of the oldest ski clubs in North America. He moved to the United States in 1957 and became a U.S. citizen.


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