The whole year I’d been living and working in the French and Swiss Alps I’d seen one other black person out ski mountaineering. He’d failed to spot a small hump of snow in the whiteout and fallen awkwardly while skiing, twisting his leg. I am a nurse, trained in emergency and mountain medicine. At altitude, and stomping through thick snow, I’m gasping for breath. I have run talks and provided resources for ski and mountaineering club members and guides.