S1 E5 Henri Rivers - There's Only One Question
Kris

Hi everyone. Thank you for joining me on the BIPoC Outside podcast. I'm Kris Cromwell. And I had the pleasure of sitting down with Henri Rivers, president of the National Brotherhood of Skiers. This is the largest and oldest Black ski organization in the world. With over 3,500 members and a 50th anniversary coming up in 2023.

So let's get into it. Henri thank you so much for joining us today. I really appreciate your time. How are you?

Henri

I'm doing well. How are you? today? Kris

Kris

I'm doing amazing. So we're going to jump right in and I want to start with some questions about you. So you were born in Queens, right?

Henri

Queens? New York? Yes,

Kris

So how did, what was your introduction to skiing?

Henri

Well, my parents moved to this upstate New York up into the Catskill regions. The first set of mountains you get to in New York. And back then in the seventies, we got a lot of snow, late sixties, early seventies, Thanksgiving came. You had three feet of snow outside. And what do you do? I mean, do you stay in doors for six months or do you go outside and, and start enjoying things?

I chose a latter found a pair of skis, tried them on. They fit me. But they were a little long because I was all five feet tall and the skis are longer than six feet. And just started messing around, outside in the snow.

Kris

Amazing. So where's your home hill now?

Henri

My home hill now is at Wyndham New York, which is not far from where I started. I started in a little ski area called Phoenicia ski center at the Simpson ski center. Graduated up to Belleayre mountain, which was a state run facility. That was great. Now,

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