Downhill Integrationists: The National Brotherhood of Skiers

Ryan O’Hanlon in the Pacific Standard Magazine:

The National Brotherhood of Skiers was founded in 1972 to diversify what has been called “the whitest and least integrated popular sport in America.” On an average day, only two percent of the skiers on American slopes are black. But for one week a year, the NBS’s Black Ski Summit draws thousands of African-American skiers to a single ski town—making it, in some years, the largest ski gathering in America. The narrow goal of the National Brotherhood of Skiers is to place a black skier on the U.S. Olympic Team.

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