Bolton Valley addresses disparities in skiing on MLK Day

Published: Jan. 16, 2023 at 11:29 PM EST
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BOLTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Ski areas are at their busiest during the weekend ahead of MLK day, but skiing and riding is a predominantly white sport.

Bolton Valley Ski Resort acknowledged Dr. King’s legacy and their position in the ski industry Monday afternoon saying in part, “although skiing brings people together outdoors, it’s important to remember the disparity of access to this sport, loved by so many.” While most other ski areas chose to stay silent Monday, Bolton feels acknowledgment is the first step to create change.

“We’re a predominantly white industry in a predominantly white state. We drop MLK casually,” said Michelle Ramirez of Bolton Valley. “So, I feel like it was a great place to start and continue the conversation” said Michelle Ramirez of Bolton Valley.

Bolton Valley works with a group called Unlikely Riders, which aims to get BIPOC individuals more involved on the mountain. They also have partnerships with UVM People of Color Outdoors and Burton Chill, which is not specifically focused on BIPOC individuals, but works to remove economic barriers.