Byron L. Nishkian (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1976
Born: January 28, 1916 San Francisco, CA
Died: June 6, 1987 San Francisco, CA
Byron Nishkian did not get seriously involved in skiing until he started building a winter home for his family near Yosemite, but that did not prove to be a barrier to his rising quickly as a contributor and volunteer in the associations that govern ski sport in the United States.
He started assisting the Yosemite ski programs and became the Yosemite Winter Club president in 1956. From 1959 to 1962 he was president of the Far West Ski Association and oversaw the launching of its European charter tour program. He served on the Board of the USSA , including being elected President in 1965, and contributed to fostering membership growth and the NASTAR program while also encouraging support for a women's cross country ski program. He served on the organizing committee of the Squaw Valley Olympic Games as well.
He made a major contribution working behind the scenes to ensure the great success of the FIS Congress in San Francisco in 1975. His engineering design company was involved with improving ski areas in the west and in Alaska.
For his many volunteer efforts the USSA presented him with the Blegen Award in 1975.