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Aspen Snowmass Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering

24 Miles. 10K Vertical Rise. Pure FUN for the hard-core. The annual Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering race, at Aspen Snowmass, is this Saturday… and shiny Kiitella medals await the podium finishers. Note 1st place medals pay tribute to vintage ski pole baskets.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Events, Latest Projects


On February 23-24 Boston will host the 2018 Annual Benefit Dinner for the American Alpine Club (AAC). The AAC’s most prestigious yearly event honors those making outstanding achievements in conservation, climbing and mountaineering. This year’s honorees: John Roskelley, Alex Honnold, Ellen Lapham and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and accomplished climber Sally Jewell. (Can we have her back please?)

More info

This entry was posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Events, Latest Projects

American Alpine Club – Robert Hicks Bates Award

Congratulations to Margo Hayes—the 2018 Bates award recipient. For the award, Kiitella created a hefty and bold 5″ diameter jet-cut steel medallion, hand-polished with high-shined highlights, a riveted AAC logo, and finished with bright accessory cord. “The Robert Hicks Bates Award’s purpose is to recognize a young climber who—in the judgment of the selection committee—has demonstrated exceptional skill and character in the climbing or mountaineering arts and has outstanding promise for future accomplishment.” – AAC

This entry was posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Events, Latest Projects

Telluride Inside… and Out 2.18.18

Telluride AIDS Benefit: Metal Artist Issenberg Honors #25
by Susan Viebrock

The Telluride AIDS Benefit continues to wave its “Fight.Fund.Educate” banner on high – and with good reason…

To honor TAB’s silver anniversary, artist Lisa Issenberg’s uber cool cuff is now on sale for $75 at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art. The Gallery has represented Lisa’s work, primarily her jewelry, since 1992.

~ See full article in TIO with Telluride AIDS Benefit ticket information ~

This entry was posted on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Events, Latest Projects, Press


At the 2018 Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show in Denver, CO, Camber Outdoors celebrated the cherished outdoor industry icon Ann Krcik with a Lifetime Achievement award. Kiitella hand-crafted the honorary plaque with a lamination of satin-polished bronze plate and thick bamboo. Krcik delivered a beautiful acceptance speech via video and received a standing ovation of a few hundred. Conrad Anker accepted Krcik’s award for her. See the award…

This entry was posted on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Events, Latest Projects

Aspen Times 1.9.18

“Snowmass Grand Prix is an important stop on the road to 2018 Winter Olympics”
by Austin Colbert

The medals handed out at this week’s Toyota U.S. Grand Prix were designed by Ridgway artist Lisa Issenberg, who designed the medals for last year’s FIS World Cup Finals in Aspen and other events. For the Grand Prix, Issenberg said she used a mix of handcrafted and industrial techniques and no two medals are the same. In celebration of Snowmass’s 50th anniversary season, Issenberg incorporated the “Snowmass 50” logo as the bib.

See full article in the Aspen Times

This entry was posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Press

The Watch 12.7.17

World Cup Medals Created by Ridgway Artist
Lisa Issenberg’s custom awards spread around the globe
by Tanya Ishikawa

Lisa Issenberg works in her Ridgway studio. “There’s so much joy around the whole process of creating awards that honor people’s accomplishments,” she says. (Photo by Elizabeth Riley)

This week, a few works of Colorado art are headed to Switzerland, Germany and Norway, among other countries called home by the winners of the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup. Designed and handcrafted in a Ridgway studio, the medals from last weekend’s ski race in Beaver Creek are just the first few by metal artist Lisa Issenberg that will be awarded this winter.

In past years, top American winter athletes also have taken home an original medal by Kiitellä, Issenberg’s studio’s name, which means “to thank, applaud, praise” in Finnish. Ten of her awards have been won by Mikaela Shiffrin, six by Megan McJames, five by Tim Jitloff, four by Ted Ligety, and two by Lindsey Vonn, to name a few.

~ See Full Article ~

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 and is filed under Blog, Press