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Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on April 27, 2009 at 10:50 am with No Comments »
April 27, 2009 10:50 am

From the PNSAA:

The membership of the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association is pleased to announce that Duncan Howat has been honored with a prestigious Mel Borgersen Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is bestowed upon an individual who – over the course of an extended ski industry career – has made significant contributions to Pacific Northwest ski and snowboard facilities.

Duncan Howat’s decades-long ski area operator career began in 1967, when he went to work for the White Pass Company. In the summer of 1968, at 24 years of age, Howat assumed the area manager position at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Howat was elevated to Mt. Baker’s general manager position in the summer of 1969. During his 41 years at Mt. Baker, Howat has supervised all aspects of ski area construction, presided over financial matters, and masterfully directed the ski area’s day-to-day operations. During this time, Howat also has shared his expertise and time with the PNSAA. Howat serves on the PNSAA Board of Directors and is a contributing member of the PNSAA – Washington Zone. He has served two stints as the chairman of the PNSAA – Washington Zone.

"Duncan’s passion for the mountains and the ski industry is legendary in the Northwest," commented John Eminger, president of 49° North Mountain Resort and chairman of the PNSAA Board of Directors. "As the general manager of Mt. Baker Ski Area, his accomplishments are epic. He grew the business from two to eight ski lifts and deftly managed a 400 percent increase in visitation during the past 40 years," added Eminger.

"The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association and is infrequently awarded," noted Scott Kaden, president of the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association. "It is an honor Duncan so richly deserves for the vision, professionalism, and devotion he has shared with the Mt. Baker Ski Area, and for his significant contributions to the North American ski industry," added Kaden.

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