On top of the world

President of the National Brotherhood of Skiers Henri Rivers and his wife Karen share a laugh at the top of High Alpine on Snowmass on Thursday morning. The organization’s debut Black Summit occurred in 1973 — “at a time when African Americans on the ski slopes were a rarity and black ski clubs were an exception,” as the NBS website describes — at the base of Aspen Mountain and attended by more than 350 skiers. While the nonprofit still schedules sanctioned mountain events, because of COVID-19 restrictions, that was an impossibility this year. That didn’t stop many members from coming to Aspen-Snowmass, albeit in an informal capacity, as incidence rates are on the decline and more and more residents have received vaccinations.