Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Club Refutes the Myth Black People Don’t Ski

A Club Refutes the Myth Black People Don't Ski

Heather Ainsworth for The New York Times

Anaya Thomas, 6, trying to ski on her own toward an instructor at West Mountain. Anaya belongs to the Nubian Empire Ski Club, an organization based in Albany that tries to introduce African-Americans to the slopes. More Photos »

QUEENSBURY, N.Y. — It was nearly time for lessons to begin, but Marcel and Kwesi could not be found. The West Mountain ski school director hurried into the rental shop looking for the missing students. Other members of the Nubian Empire Ski Club filled the benches, snapping stiff buckles into place.


Omoye Cooper, the club's president, stood among the bent bodies, sorting tickets and fielding questions, including this latest: Where were Marcel and Kwesi?

Ms. Cooper pointed out the window toward the base lodge.

"You'll see them," she said, laughing. "They're probably the only brown boys in there."

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