Black Ski Clubs - Black Ski Summit - Black Ski/Snowboard Trips
Yes, BLACKS DO SKI & SNOWBOARD!!! Now that we got that fact out the way, it's time to celebrate and acknowledge that the sport that has traditionally been exclusive to the affluent majority, has now been welcomed and enjoyed by all races.
The rise in Black incomes and crumbling stereotypes has a direct correlation to the increase of African Americans on the ski slopes. Today, Black skiers and snowboarders get greeted with stares and double-takes as many didn't get the memo that the ski resorts are no longer exclusive. So it's time for everyone get used to seeing Blacks snow bunnies in the lodges drinking apple martinis, and Black riders getting big air on the black diamond runs.
Blacks started hitting the slopes in small groups starting in the 1970's. Today, national events will bring hundreds to thousands to the slopes. The National Brotherhood of Skiers has a lot to do with this. Their national Summit event is their biggest fund raiser and attracts thousands to slopes for a week every year. The NBS regional events attracts several hundred to their respective events.
Andre Horton is best known for coming in first place in an FIS downhill competition in 2001 in Sella Nevea, Italy. The first African American to win a FIS race in Europe. Andre was also the first Black skier to be on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team in 2001.
Despite losing a leg to a stray bullet, Ralph Green has excelled by being the first African American skier to make it to the U.S. Disabled Alpine Team. He competed in the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Turin, Italy. He was also a member of the 2003/2004 United States Disabled Ski Team, ranked in the top 10 overall disabled ski racers in the country, ranked in the top 5 standing disabled ski racers in the country, won the NORAM Super G race (Winter Park, Co) while beating out the #1 ranked disabled ski racer, Michele Milton, qualified for the 2003/2004 United States Disabled World Cup Team.
Every year, thousands of Black skiers and Black snowboarders descend upon a welcoming ski resort. The 2014 Black Ski Summit will be at Aspen/Snowmass in Colorado, from February 21 - February 28.
There is nothing more impressive than seeing the mountain filled with Black skiers and snowboarders getting off the chair lifts, filling the après bars, emptying the shops, and partying the nights away. Once you meet some of these adventure seekers, you learn that these are doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, engineers, dentists, and every other profession you can think of. The local residents and other visitors are often speechless, and often hilarious when they try to figure out the best way ask innocent questions.