Veterans Day means free skiing for military personnel

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 11, 2009 6:48 am

Veteran’s Day is a time to reflect on all the men and women who put their lives on the line fighting for our country every day. These brave people deserve our respect and admiration, even if you may not agree with why they’re fighting sometimes. They’re courageous, they’re strong…and they at least deserve some free skiing today, don’t you think? Well, so do many ski resorts around the country.

Today, southern California’s Mountain High Resort is offering a free 8-hour lift ticket to all active and retired Military personnel. The Saddleback ski area in Maine is offering any veteran or service member of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars a free lift ticket. (You must have served/are serving from January 2008 to the end of the 2009-2010 ski season.) CEO of Saddleback, Warren Cook said, “[Today] is Veteran’s Day, when we pause to honor all those who have served in the U.S. Military, so it is fitting that the Berry family and the staff at Saddleback Maine announce our programs that recognize the service of today’s veterans and their families.”

In Colorado, Steamboat, Copper Mountain and Winter Park are extending their thanks to soldiers beyond just today. Introduced last year, their Patriot Pass for active and retired Military personnel starts at $219 for adults and $104 for their children, with an opportunity to add six days at Steamboat for $20 with the Patriot Pass Plus. Rob Perlman is vice president of sales and marketing for Winter Park Resort: “Last year Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Steamboat teamed up to offer deep discounts for military members and their families with a product that had not been seen before in Colorado. The success of last year’s program, and the enthusiasm seen by military members who took advantage of the program, made it an easy decision for us to bring the pass back this year. It’s a simple way for the ski resorts to honor the men, women and family members who protect and serve our country every day, and give them a fun and recreational outlet to reconnect with their friends and family.”

May all the troops deployed right now come home safely!


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