The objective of the three-year action plan is to achieve a higher-performing organization with an inclusive culture, equitable systems, and a team that will benefit from a more diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and views. The plan is built around DEI pillars and corresponding subcommittees including leadership, governance, training, education, expanded access, representation, recognition, public-facing content, and partnerships.
“Elite performance cannot reach its highest levels when pursued in an elitist or inequitable way. In setting this Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan, our purpose is to honor and hold ourselves accountable to enriching our sport by nurturing a more welcoming culture, establishing fair systems at all levels, and opening the door wider to make skiing and snowboarding more accessible to athletes, professional staff, and communities with a more diverse array of backgrounds and identities.”
– U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw and Chairman of the Board Kipp Nelson
U.S. Ski & Snowboard expanded and accelerated DEI efforts following the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in June 2020, begging the question: What can our organization do as a member of the bigger snow sports industry? Up until that point, progress had been made in the area of gender equality, but it was clear the organization needed to make more headway in creating a real connection between snowsports and underrepresented communities.
The action plan is not the beginning of, or the end of the organization’s DEI efforts, but is a tool to focus efforts on key priorities and provide accountability over the next three years. The plan is designed to have a positive impact on diversity and inclusion across our organization, our athletes, our members, our clubs, our donors, and our fans around the world. It is a symbol and a representation of a commitment to advancing DEI throughout the organization and snowsports in a way that is both meaningful and lasting.
TOKYO, July 20 (Reuters) – The sport of ski mountaineering has been included in the programme for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy’s Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo following approval by the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday.
The sport, which combines ascents and descents of mountain trails on or while carrying skis, will have five events at the Olympics.
With a total number of 48 athletes (24 women and 24 men) at the Games, the events will be sprints, individuals and one mixed gender relay.
The IOC cited the sport’s popularity in hosts Italy and its rapid expansion in the United States and Canada among other countries.
The inclusion of ski mountaineering, which featured at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, brings the total number of winter sports to eight.
Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Peter Rutherford
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Titus Mountain is the Northernmost ski area in New York’s Adirondacks and is blessed with cold temperatures, reliable natural snow plus extensive snowmaking, and a sheltered, east-facing trail network. Under new ownership since 2011, the resort has experienced a renaissance of redevelopment and expanding popularity. It’s one of the Northeast’s top-rated family ski centers with three restaurants and private, slopeside, heated Skibanas available for daily rental, along with ski-in ski-out chalets for overnight rental.
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There are 48 partners and almost no blackouts. It is the largest and most straightforward reciprocal lift ticket coalition in North America.
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Ski Cooper has plenty going for it: a base elevation above 10,000 feet, guaranteeing both frequent and long-lasting snow; 470 acres of varied terrain; a low-key atmosphere for skiers burned out on megresorts; a mountain-management philosophy that eschews over-grooming and values snow in its natural state; and an impressive Cat-skiing operation. It’s a nice little top-of-the-world ski area: