The goal itself is not an easy one: to make the U.S. Ski Team.
For members of the National Brotherhood of Skiers, it looms even larger. There has never been a black skier on the U.S. Ski Team - not on its A, B or development team.But, says Tricia Weir, youth director for the NBS, that will change, "and not too long from now. There are some very good black skiers."
Some of them spent their final day in Park City today as the week-long NBS Summit '91 concluded. More than 4,300 African-American skiers attended this event.
They came from all over the country. Weir said there are 73 NBS clubs in the U.S., with total membership at more than 12,000.
Paramount with this group is developing interest in skiing among black Americans, with the ultimate target being a name on the U.S. Ski Team's roster.
Weir pointed out that the absence of blacks on the team has not been for lack of talent.
"There have been two problems. One, is finances. The second is location. There are not a lot of ski resorts near large black populations.
"In many cases, skiers have to travel 31/2 to 5 hours to get to a ski area. One of our better skiers has to travel 14 hours to get to a ski area."
In Park City this week were about 130 racers in Park City undergoing training and racing.
About 130 junior racers were in Park City this week to undergo training and eventually to compete in an organized race.
To reach this level, racers first completed on a club level, then in one of four regional meet, and ultimately received invitations to Utah.
Weir pointed out that there are well-developed training programs at the club levels . . . "offering young black skiers everything from training to equipment.
"We've started with programs at a club level and hope, someday, to put it on a national level."
The NBS program was founded in 1974. Every two years the group holds a national meeting. This is the second time the Summit has been held in Park City. The first time was in 1985.