No person taught more people to ski in the West than Nic Fiore.
From 1947 when he arrived in California from Montreal, until 2004 when health issues forced him to retire, he taught over 137,500 people to ski at Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park. Thousands of baby boomers were introduced to skiing at dry land ski schools held by Nic on fields across California, each fall.
He wrote “So You Want to Ski”, was selected by the French government to represent the United States at its prestigious French National Ski Instructor’s academy in Chamonix, in 1967, and subsequently coordinated similar exchanges in the U.S. to improve American ski instruction techniques.
For many years, Nic was Executive Director of the Professional Ski Instructors of America/Western Division. He is the only person to have received both the Northern California and Nevada Ski Media Association and the Southern California Association of Ski Writers awards for outstanding contributions to the sport of skiing, and is the only ski instructor ever to be inducted into the California Tourism Hall of Fame.
Badger Pass is California’s smallest ski area, but today remains widely recognized for its excellence as a place to learn to ski and snowboardboard because of Nic Fiore’s legacy as its longtime director of skiing.
While some contributions to skisport happen in an instant, Nic’s occurred over 60 years. He never earned more than a ski instructor’s wage, yet saw his reward in passing the joy of skiing to three generations of skiers.