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CSCUSA Visits Ski Noir 5280

DENVER, CO – Ever wonder what happens to all that rental gear when it’s time to be replaced? For one Colorado Ski Country USA ski area, all those rental skis, snowboards, boots, and other gear are paving the way for a diverse group of skiers and riders to enjoy the slopes. Last season, Eldora donated its entire ski and snowboard rental fleet to Ski Noir 5280, a club of diverse snowsports enthusiasts who love to share the winter sports experience through regular ski and snowboard trips. Ski Noir 5280 is a part of the National Brotherhood of Snowsports, a group dedicated to diversifying winter sports through competition and recreation.

Colorado Ski Country USA recently had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Ski Noir 5280 gear locker in Denver. The community center features a large room laid out for fitting lots of people with the right gear quickly, along with storage areas for skis, poles, snowboards, boots, and even ski pants and jackets in all different sizes and colors. President Quincy Shannon led the tour through several enviably organized rooms while sharing his vision of welcoming more people of color to skiing and snowboarding.

“I know this is worth it for my community,” said Shannon, as he explained how Ski Noir 5280 has a waiting list of more than 300 people for each weekend ski day they plan, including a number of out-of-state visitors who visit Colorado specifically to join one of the group’s events. He says the group’s gear rental model is “pay what you think it’s worth and what you can afford.”

Shannon and other group members meticulously plan every event, from where they go to booking group ski tickets, hiring a bus big enough for 50+ people and all their snow gear, and, crucially, making sure the après-ski party is hopping, with the right vibe and music—he is a DJ, after all.

Ski Noir 5280 has held events at a number of CSCUSA member resorts, including Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Eldora, Loveland, and Winter Park.

 

 

 

Photo of donated Eldora gear courtesy of CSCUSA staff