Heather Burke is an award winning ski writer, most recently a NASJA Mitch Kaplan Award winner – as “a ski journalist whose work and spirit best captures the enthusiasm and dedication for coverage of skiing and ski travel. NASJA awards writers who have contributed to the advancement of skiing and snowboarding, excellence in media relations, while upholding commitment and dignity to snow sports journalism.”
Heather, who learned to ski at the age of three, worked at her parents’ Smugglers Notch ski lodge, and as a ski instructor before embarking on her writing career. She has been a ski journalist for over two decades, skiing and reviewing 270 + ski areas and gathering awards along the way including three NASJA Harold Hirsch Excellence in Journalism Awards. Freeskier Magazine named Heather a “Top 100 ski industry people to follow.” Rossignol Apparel selected Heather as brand influencer, and Heather has also served as a SKEA Ambassador.
Presently, Heather is editor of theluxuryvacationguide.com and familyskitrips.com , and contributes to snowpak.com and Boston.com. Her travel articles have appeared in outlets including Forbes Travel Guide, Snow Country and newspapers – the Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald where she wrote its ski column for 11 years, the Montreal Gazette, Providence Journal, Powder, and more. Previous winners of the NASJA award include Hayley O’Brien of Snow Report Show, Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and extreme skiing pioneer Dan Egan. NASJA, North America Snowsport Journalism Association, founded in 1963 as the United States Ski Writers Association, is North America’s largest association of professional snowsports writers, authors, photographers, videographers, broadcasters and industry professionals.
This NASJA award has special meaning to members of North American Snowsports Journalists Association, honoring a journalist who best embodies an unwavering commitment to bringing the joy of skiing to all and whose work and spirit best captures the enthusiasm and dedication NASJA’s revered Mitch Kaplan brought to the coverage of skiing. Heather was nominated by extreme skier and friend, Dan Egan.