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22 injured U.S. military veterans experience skiing at Squaw Alpine

22 injured U.S. military veterans experience skiing at Squaw Alpine

In honor of Memorial Day, the High Fives Foundation just released four inspiring videos highlighting its 2017 Military to the Mountains Program, in partnership with the Adaptive Training Foundation and the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. This year the program included 15 veterans from the Dallas, Texas, area and seven from Reno, Nevada. Participants trained hard for nine weeks in their respective cities to prepare for their time on snow, strengthening their muscles and learning the skills necessary for success on the slopes. They then made the trip to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows where they were instructed by the Achieve Tahoe Adaptive Ski Program, many of them experiencing skiing for the very first time.

“The goal of the program is to offer wounded war-fighters an opportunity to tap back into their physicality by pushing through mental and physical barriers,” said David Vobora, Founder and CEO of the Adaptive Training Foundation. “Experiencing the mountains for the first time post-injury redefines their limits and ignites new passion to take ridge lines they no longer thought were possible.”

Check out all four videos, below, to get a glimpse of this special program. Then, learn more about the High Fives Foundation and Military to the Mountain, here.

We saw many posts and tributes that moved us on Memorial Day—this is one video series that skiers simply cannot miss.


Retired Army Specialist Lawrence Green returns for his second year of Military to the Mountain


Newcomer Tyler Rollins takes his passion for sports to the slopes


The Dallas, Texas, team prepares for their trip to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows


Veterans from Reno, Nevada train for their time on the slopes

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