National Brotherhood of Skiers celebrates 35 years in Breckenridge |

National Brotherhood of Skiers celebrates 35 years in Breckenridge


BRECKENRIDGE ” On Saturday, the National Brotherhood of Skiers will begin their 35th anniversary celebration in Breckenridge.

For the past 35 years the NBS, which one of the largest winter sports organizations in the country, has held their annual meeting and Challenge Cup (AMCC) at various mountain resorts around the country, and this year they chose Summit County. More than 1,000 African American athletes will be in town from Jan. 12-19.

“There are many precious and endearing moments to celebrate and we could not have selected a more beautiful and pristine location than Breckenridge to celebrate our 35th Anniversary,” said Rose Thomas Pickrum, NBS President.

Breckenridge Resort and the town itself will be the setting for all of the NBS annual convention events, and activities including opening ceremonies, races, receptions, hip-hop parties, youth gatherings, fundraisers and more.

The event will welcome many long time NBS skiers and snowboarders, as well as offer complimentary lessons and lift tickets to those who are just learning to ski or ride.

The primary purpose of the AMCC is to demonstrate African American representation in winter sports and raise money for the NBS Olympic Scholarship Fund, designed to provide financial support for exceptional athletes of color who excel in winter sports.

In an effort to support the NBS mission, Breckenridge Ski Resort is donating $2 for each NBS skier day to the NBS Olympic Scholarship Fund.

“It is a privilege to welcome the NBS into our community and we are excited to share with them the friendliness and experiences Breckenridge is famous for,” said Corry Mihm, the director of the Breckenridge Resort Chamber. “The Breckenridge Resort Chamber and the Town of Breckenridge are thrilled to greet the NBS with a welcome party and ceremony full of outdoor entertainment.”

The AMCC kicks off Saturday with a “Birthday Party” starting at 9 p.m. at the Beaver Run Ball Room.

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