Nic Fiore Award


The Nic Fiore Award is given annually by the Yosemite Winter Club to a person who has clearly demonstrated enthusiasm, commitment, and a love of winter sports and has made significant contributions to the enjoyment of winter sports and recreation in Yosemite National Park.

We are honored to present the Nic Fiore Award Recipient for 2022.

Brian Shoor

Brian Shoor’s enthusiasm is contagious!

“If I could engineer a pandemic you would, have to go play in the snow to cure it!”



Brian has been working in Yosemite for over 30 years. During that time, he has worked in Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows, and at the Medical Clinic in the Valley. He’s Managed May Lake High Sierra Camp and told stories for the Yosemite Conservancy. He’s been a guide, waiter, ambulance driver, ski instructor, security officer, SAR member, and much more.

Brian has always been a winter enthusiast. His father took his family cross country skiing each winter. They would wake up early and go to Fo’castle Farms, a local apple orchard. There they would wax up their skis in a dim barn that was filled with the smells and stories of skiing. Some years they would ski into the Adirondacks and winter camp in their Frostline gear. These experiences would shape his life.

In 1991, Brian met a downhill ski instructor name Jenn and he told her downhill skiing was “crazy and lazy”, but she was cute so he picked up the sport. In 1994, he was hired on as a ski patroller by patrol Director Chris Falkenstein. Those were great days. Badger was getting thousands of guests each weekend.

Over 25 years later Brian still works on the Ski Patrol at Badger Pass, now as the Director, and that cute instructor works with him. “I see myself as part of a rich tradition that started so many decades ago. I love this little ski hill and work hard to keep it safe and fun.”

The Yosemite Winter Club would like to thank Brian for promoting winter sports in Yosemite. Congratulations to Brian Shoor, the 2022 recipient of the Nic Fiore Award!

When: Sunday, February 6, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: The Tenaya Lodge
YWC Member Price: $50 per person
Non-Member Price: $55 per person