BREAKING: Snow operations team named best in the nation—again


‘Snowbody’ does it better than Centennial Airport


ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—May 8, 2020—Centennial Airport’s snow removal team has been named the best in the nation, again. Presented by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives, the annual Balchen/Post award recognizes outstanding achievement in airport snow and ice control.

This year’s award, presented to Centennial Airport in the large general aviation airport category, is the team’s 12th win, not including four honorable mentions, making it one of the most decorated general aviation airports in the nation.

“This snow season was one of the most challenging for us in recent memory,” said Robert Olislagers, Centennial Airport Chief Executive Officer. “That series of back-to-back snowstorms left no time for crews to recover.”

Weather data for October 2019 through April 2020 show Centennial Airport received 100.1 inches of snow, which took the airport 174 clock hours to remove. During the month of February, alone, Centennial received 33.5 inches of snow, requiring crews to plow 10 out of 11 days in a row.

Olislagers credits a great deal of the team’s success to cross-training.

“Truly, the fact each of our crew members is backed up by another crew member and trained on multiple equipment pieces, makes us very flexible and able to scale snow operations as needed and when needed,” Olislagers added. “I am extremely proud of this crew for all they do for this airport, not only in the winter but year-round. We are honored to, once again, be recognized by our peers, and even more excited to make a little more room in our trophy case.”


Centennial Airport (APA) is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the United States, with more than 344,000 operations each year. Located just minutes from downtown Denver, Centennial Airport is home to four award-winning FBOs and surrounding corporate office parks and businesses that generate more than $2 billion in economic impact. Centennial Airport is a 12-time winner of the Balchen/Post Award, a national honor recognizing excellence in airport snow and ice removal. For more information, visit

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