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New initiative From Ski Utah Aims To Increase Diversity In Winter Sports

SKiUtah Hawa Dahir learns to snowboard as part of Discover Winter, a program aimed at increasing diversity in winter sports, at Brighton Resort on Monday, March 28, 2022. (Photo: Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Hawa and Ahmed Dahir spent most of their lives in Salt Lake City, their parents moved from Somalia to the U.S. in 1998, when they were both toddlers.

But despite living almost 25 years in the shadow of the "greatest snow on Earth," neither of them had ever been skiing.

There are a few factors at play — with immigrant parents new to the country, the Dahir siblings said time and money were always barriers.

And, Ahmed said, trying a new sport dominated by people who don't look like you is daunting.

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