At the 53rd Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium on April 29th 2019

in Buffalo, NY; awards were presented to the “Snow Crews” of the airports in the

Snow Belt for their dedicated efforts in maintaining their airports in safe and

operational status during the 2018 – 2019 winter season. This is the 43rd consecutive

year that such awards have been presented. All categories of airports – Commercial,

General Aviation and Military compete for these awards.


Applications are submitted by the airport operators on behalf of the local work force

in recognition of their efforts in keeping the airports operationally safe at all times.

Recommendations for selection may come from the users of airports, airlines, pilots,

general aviation, the military and the entire aviation community. In addition, the

members of the Awards Selection Committee provide feedback from their own

organizations as to the performance of competing airports.


The 2018 – 2019 awards were presented to the following airports:

Large Commercial (Over 200,000 operations per year )


Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport – Saint Paul, Minnesota

Honorable Mention:

Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Midway International Airport – Chicago, Illinois


Medium Commercial (100,000 to 200,000 operations per year )


Edmonton International Airport – Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Honorable Mention:

Buffalo Niagara International Airport - Buffalo, New York

Pittsburgh International Airport – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Small Commercial (Less than 100,000 operations per year )


Syracuse Hancock International Airport Syracuse, New York

Honorable Mention:

Gerald R Ford International Airport – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Jackson Hole Airport – Jackson, Wyoming

Manchester Boston Regional Airport – Manchester, New Hampshire


Large General Aviation ( Over 50,000 operations per year )


Chicago Executive Airport – Wheeling, Illinois

Honorable Mention:

Centennial Airport – Englewood, Colorado

King County International Airport/Boeing Field – Seattle, Washington


Small General Aviation ( Less than 50,000 operations per year )


Gary/Chicago International Airport – Gary, Indiana

Honorable Mention:

Indy South Greenwood Airport Greenwood, Indiana


Military Airport


87th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES)

Joint Base McGuire DixLakehurst, New Jersey (AMC)

Honorable Mention:

354th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES)

Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska (PACAF)


Past Balchen/Post Winners