Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is putting out the welcome sign for military veterans.
As part of the third annual Military to the Mountains program, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will welcome 22 injured military veterans to stay and ski for a week – March 11-17.
The Military to the Mountains program was created by the High Fives Foundation and is a collective effort between High Fives Foundation, Adaptive Training Foundation, the City of Reno, Achieve Tahoe and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
In an effort to continue to raise funds for Military to the Mountains and support the armed forces, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows offers a Silver Tahoe Super Pass, with a note of appreciation and a challenge coin, in exchange for a $99 donation to all active duty military personnel.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and the Military to the Mountains program are expected to exceed $300,000 this year in season pass sales, making it possible to expand the program for injured veterans in years to come.
“We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who serve our country and are honored to support them with the Military to the Mountains program,” said Andy Wirth, President of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “By continuing the season pass program for active duty military members we aim to continue and expand our partnerships with High Fives Foundation and Adaptive Training Foundation, and bring even more veterans to our slopes year after year.”
The Military to the Mountain program is organized by the High Fives Foundation whose mission is to provide resources and inspiration to outdoor sports athletes who suffer life-altering injuries.
Private contributions, corporate sponsors and funds raised through the sale of the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows active military pass (raised $174,000 in 2017) make the program financial possible.
All 22 athletes will then stay in the Village at Squaw Valley and ski at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows with Achieve Tahoe adaptive ski instructors.
All “on-hill” snow sports will be instructed by the professionals at Achieve Tahoe. The 22 veterans will be navigating the snow in multiple modalities based on injury.
Some participants will be using mono-skis or bi-skis provided by Achieve Tahoe, some will be dawning “stand up” skis, boots and poles provided by K2 Sports and some will be on snowboards provided by the Squaw Valley Demo Shop.
The resort will continue to provide a Silver Tahoe Super Pass to active duty military personnel, along with a note of appreciation and a challenge coin for a donation of $99, of which all proceeds support the Military to the Mountains program and Special Ops Survivors.
Additional donations are also accepted at the resort on behalf of the organization. The donation amount will ensure that the Military to the Mountains program will both remain sustainable, and continue to grow, year after year, with the potential of offering multiple 10-week sessions in years to come.
For more information about Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows or the Military to the Mountains program, visit www.squawalpine.com.