Passing of Gary Black

FIS was saddened to learn about the passing of Gary Black, long-time publisher and CEO of Ski Racing International, who died peacefully in his home at age 75 on 25


February 2017 in Sun Valley (USA).

Gary Black had a lifelong love for newspaper publishing, adventure and skiing. He combined those passions in 1984 when he purchased Ski Racing Magazine, the journal of international ski racing that was started in 1968. In his tenure as publisher he grew Ski Racing to become the global voice of alpine ski racing, evolving from a newspaper to a modern digital source of ski racing news today.

Over the years Black set a tone as a watchdog for the future of the sport through his Black Diamonds column. He served for nearly 20 years on FIS’ PR and Mass Media Committee and, more recently, as a representative on the FIS Alpine World Cup Committee.

He has received numerous awards for his achievements in journalism: the Blegen Award, the FIS Journalist Award, the International Association of Ski Journalists (AIJS) lifetime achievement award and the International Skiing History Association (ISHA) lifetime achievement award.

FIS would like to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gary Black whose commitment, inspiration and contributions to the sport of skiing will be long remembered.