Awards will be presented to the “Snow Crews” of the airports for their dedicated efforts in maintaining their airports in safe and operational status during the 2019 – 2020 winter season. This is the 44th consecutive year that such awards are 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 2019 - 2020 awards were presented to the following airports:

Large Commercial (Over 200,000 operations per year)

Denver International Airport – Denver, Colorado

Honorable Mention:

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport – Anchorage, Alaska

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport – Detroit, Michigan


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


Buffalo Niagara International Airport – Buffalo, New York 

Honorable Mention:

Bradley International Airport – Windsor Locks, Connecticut


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


Aspen Pitkin County Airport – Aspen, Colorado

Honorable Mention:

Greater Rochester International Airport – Rochester, New York

Duluth International Airport – Duluth, Minnesota

Worcester Regional Airport – Worcester, Massachusetts


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


Centennial Airport – Englewood, Colorado

Honorable Mention:

Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport – Broomfield, Colorado

Teterboro Airport – Teterboro, New Jersey

Willow Run Airport – Ypsilanti, Michigan


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


Niagara Falls International Airport – Niagara Falls, New York

Honorable Mention:

Gary/Chicago International Airport – Gary, Indiana


Military Airport:


35th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES)

Misawa Air Base, Japan (PACAF)

Honorable Mention:

319th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES)

Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota (ACC)


Past Balchen/Post Winners Archive