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George Franklin from Chicago’s Sno-Gophers Ski Club, one of the 13 founding clubs in the National Brotherhood of Skiers. Photograph by Chip Kalbeck

The National Brotherhood Of Skiers Comes To Keystone

The ski club returns to the state where it all began: Colorado.

If you’re making turns at Keystone this month, you may cross paths with members of one of the largest ski clubs in the United States. The National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS), an organization of more than 3,000 black powderhounds, is holding its annual Black Summit at the resort from February 25 to March 4. The first meeting of NBS took place in Aspen in 1973, when Art Clay and Ben Finley created a national network to recruit more blacks to skiing; today, one of NBS’ goals is to see an American athlete of color reach the podium at the Winter Olympics. Several of the group’s members have come close, including freeskier Zyre Austin, a Colorado native, and Denverite Jahi Rohrer, an alpine skier who attended Burke Mountain Academy (the alma mater of Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin) on an NBS scholarship. Which gives us even more reason to watch in 2018.

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