Hall of Famer
Journalist and author, Fry was editor-in-chief in New York City of SKI magazine from 1964 to 1980, founding editor of Cross-Country Ski Magazine (1982) and of the New York Times-owned Snow Country Magazine (1988 to 1999).
Fry raced in Quebec through his college years, is a member of the Red Birds Ski Club, graduating from McGill University in 1951. Fry invented the FIS (International Ski Federation) Nations Cup, awarded annually to the country compiling the most World Cup points.
He also created NASTAR (National Standard Ski Race), a system to rate the ability of recreational skiers, which came to be adopted in other countries, including Canada. He is the author of the award-winning The Story of Modern Skiing, the revolution in technique, equipment, resorts and competition that transformed the sport after World War II. He has written extensively about Canadian ski history.
He was the only person elected to the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1995. He received the FIS Journalism award in 1999, and Lifetime Achievement Award of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association in 2005. He was elected to the Laurentian Ski Hall of Fame in 2016. He is
the long-time and current chair of the non-profit International Skiing History Association.
Fry lived in Katonah, New York and was an avid skier until late in his life.
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John Fry (1930-2020): Interview and biography
A tribute to journalist, editor and historian John Fry.