‘Military to the Mountains’ brings wounded vets to Tahoe, raises $150,000 | SierraSun.com

‘Military to the Mountains’ brings wounded vets to Tahoe, raises $150,000

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — On Monday, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows commemorated Memorial Day with a $150,000 donation to the High Fives Foundation as part of the ski resort's "Military to the Mountains" program.

The program, a partnership among Squaw-Alpine, High Fives, Achieve Tahoe and Adaptive Training Foundation, hosts and trains injured veterans of the U.S. armed forces on the slopes of Squaw Valley.

During the 2015-16 season, Squaw-Alpine worked with High Fives to bring 10 veterans from the Adaptive Training Foundation to the mountain to ski and snowboard for the first time in their lives.

Funds generated from 2015-16 will enable the participation of 22 veterans in the 2016-17 program.

Further, together with High Fives, Squaw-Alpine will donate $22,000 of the total amount to 22Kill, a nonprofit organization that combats Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among service men and women.

As part of the "Military to the Mountains" program, Squaw-Alpine offered a complimentary 2015-16 Silver Tahoe Super Pass to all active-duty military personnel, along with a note of appreciation and a challenge coin in exchange for a donation of $25.

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"High Fives Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health of U.S. military veterans through the 'Military to the Mountains' program by providing resources and inspiration during their recovery," said Roy Tuscany, executive director of High Fives Foundation.

"Military to the Mountains" was created by High Fives following the success veteran Marine Corporal Jacob (Jake) Schick achieved while skiing at Squaw Valley during the 2014-15 winter season.

The 2015-16 program began with a nine-week training class at the Dallas-based Adaptive Training Foundation, founded and operated by retired NFL linebacker David Vobora.

High Fives and Adaptive Training Foundation then brought the veterans to Squaw Valley, where they stayed and took to the slopes with Achieve Tahoe adaptive ski instructors.

Visit HighFivesFoundation.org to make a donation and learn more about "Military to the Mountains." Visit AchieveTahoe.org and AdaptiveTrainingFoundation.org to learn more about the other nonprofit partners.

This article was submitted on behalf of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Visit SquawAlpine.com to learn more.