In February 1973, there were few African Americans on the ski slopes and black ski clubs were a rarity, according to Art Clay and Ben Finley. At the time, both men were ski enthusiasts and leaders of their local ski clubs. Clay and Finley envisioned an organization that would bring together the 13 black ski clubs across America. That vision launched the first “Black Summit” on Ajax Mountain in Aspen, attended by over 350 skiers. The historic event was so successful that Clay and Finley called a meeting in Salt Lake City during the subsequent Thanksgiving weekend to form the National Brotherhood of Skiers. According to Finley the purpose of the organization was “to identify and discuss problems and subjects which were unique to the black skiing population, ski and socialize.” Chartered in 1974 and incorporated as a non-profit the following year, the National Brotherhood Of Skiers has grown and broadened its reach over the years.
In the early 1970s, Colorado was not exactly a bastion of gay rights. While Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson may have recently run (and lost) for Sheriff of Pitkin County on the Freak Power ticket, the gay rights movement was in its infancy in big cities and nonexistent in rural Colorado. But whatever the politics of the era, skiing is skiing and fun is fun. Gay tourists from ski clubs across the country were meeting informally in Aspen every January. In 1976, the skiers were welcomed by a local contingent, including Jon Busch, David Hoch, Tom Duesterberg, Russell Anderson, who organized a few small events. Thus was born Aspen’s Gay Ski Week, the first, and for many years only, gay ski week in the world. [Continue reading…]
Without a doubt, the largest waste of your vacation expenses while traveling into the Rocky Mountains is that of ground transportation. Most travelers book a hotel and flight and then automatically reserve a rental car, which will sit in a very expensive parking spot (charged per day) once a mountain destination is reached. That’s because […][Continue reading…]
There are six major ski areas in the Pocono Mountains, located in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, and due to their incredible beauty—combining lakes, rivers, and woodlands over 2,400 square miles—nearly 25 million people visit the area each year. Just an hour and a half from New York City and two hours from Philly, Shawnee […][Continue reading…]
You probably can tell how much we love Winter Park, we’ve written about it before. We just can’t help it. It’s just a great place to ski and we don’t want you to miss out. Winter Park Resort is known as a local’s favorite ski mountain, mainly because of its close distance to Boulder and […][Continue reading…]
The X-Games are in Aspen January 23rd – 26th, 2014 and if you think it’s too soon to start thinking that far in advance, think again! If you want to head to the X-Games this season, you better act now! In fact, Eileen from Frias Properties, offering the largest variety of vacation rentals in Aspen says […][Continue reading…]
Have you made your plans for Thanksgiving yet? Are you wanting to scratch the cooking, cleaning, and busy week with extended family? We don’t blame you. Decide to skip the tradition and start your own. There are huge discounts going on over the Thanksgiving Weekend. Join the winter lovers, ski enthusiasts, and family avoiders all […][Continue reading…]