STOWE, VT - August 2008 - The Vermont Ski Museum proudly announces the inauguration of the Paul Robbins Ski Journalism Award. This award is given in memory of Paul Robbins, of Perkinsville, Vermont, who dedicated his life to promoting the sport of skiing through writing. The Museum will present Stu Campbell with the Award in September.
Well known for wearing a Scottish tam, Paul Robbins started writing about ski racing in the 1960s. His work appeared in many magazines, including Skiing, SKI and Ski Racing. Robbins worked at eight Winter Olympics, every one since 1980 in Lake Placid. He had served as a press officer for the U.S. Ski Team, as well as a commentator on Nordic sports for CBS and NBC. He was a friend to athletes, coaches, administrators, writers, and readers. He died unexpectedly at age 68 in 2008.
The award will recognize ski journalists who, with the same commitment as Paul Robbins, perform his/her skill in written, broadcast, or photo journalism with ethics, humor, good taste and always with the promotion of Vermont skiing and the larger skiing community in mind. The recipient shall not be awarded solely on the basis of one story, but rather a lifetime of service to the ski community. The award will be given when the demand exists. Typically, the award will be given out at the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Vermont Ski Museum Board of Directors approved the foundation of this award at its July 30, 2008, meeting, and could think of no more deserving honoree than Stu Campbell.
Campbell is a born-and-raised Vermonter who has dedicated his life to skiing. He grew up in Bennington, attended Middlebury College, taught and coached at Harwood Union High School and at the Valley Junior Racing Club, and finally settled in Stowe as the Technical Director of the Sepp Ruschp Ski School. He has served as the Technical Editor and Instruction Editor of SKI Magazine, examiner for the Eastern Professional Ski Instructors Association, co-chairman of the PSIA Technical Committee then executive vice president, US Demo team member, and Technical Director at Keystone and Heavenly Valley.
In 2004, J. Duncan Campbell's archive was donated to the Museum; it contains original publications containing Stu's writing. The first item is a wonderful story written by J. Duncan Campbell, Campbell's father, about the 1958 International Races at Stowe at which Stu met and skied with Toni Sailer. This early love of skiing carried through a varied writing career, including the books Ski with the Big Boys and The Way to Ski. Campbell is widely known and recognized for his personal elegance on skis. Through his many articles, he has been highly successful at being able to convey the critical qualities that made his style so distinctive and pleasurable to watch. Because of his articles and ski tips, countless skiers have unknowingly imitated his style. Campbell has worked with the biggest names in ski racing - Bode Miller, Donna Weinbrecht, and the Mahre brothers to name a few - but has also passed along his love of the sport to the every day skier who took a lesson with him or read his column.
The Vermont Ski Museum will host a special presentation of the Paul Robbins Ski Journalism Award to Stu Campbell on Thursday, September 11, 2008. Details will be available soon.
About Vermont Ski Museum
The Vermont Ski Museum is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate Vermont skiing history. The museum is located at the corner of Vermont Routes 100 and 108 in the center of Stowe village and is open 12-5 daily, except for Tuesdays. Donations and tax deductible individual and business memberships allow the museum to fulfill its mission. For information on events or to become a member, visit http://www.vermontskimuseum.org/ target=_blank>www.vermontskimuseum.org.