Challenge America, Aspen Skiing Company and Snowmass Tourism partnered together for a unique experience for military families.

Military families visited Aspen in order to participate in the first-ever Military Ski Week. The non-profit, Challenge America, along with Aspen Skiing Company, offered discounted lift tickets and lodging for the military community. Challenge America also added an extra bonus, securing discounts for dining, equipment rentals, and excursions. 

As part of Military Ski Week, Challenge America also hosted a variety of events tailored to the military community. Some of these events include a talk by Stacy Bare, a John Denver Tribute Christmas concert at the Wheeler Opera House and a national conference for women of the military.
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The "A Rocky Mountain Christmas: A Tribute to John Denver" concert was hosted in honor of the sacrifice and service of the brave men and women of the military. During the concert, the women who came together for the Military Sisterhood Conference performed Hallelujah Veterans Version, written by Sailor Jerri. The Military Sisterhood Conference, hosted by Challenge America in partnership with WINC: For All Women Veterans, brought women together from across the country to plan the Military Sisterhood Initiative, an effort to forge a national peer support network for women of the military. [caption id="attachment_29628" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Challenge America Photo Courtesy of Challenge America[/caption]
Families were able to take advantage of steep discounts for  The Treehouse Adventure Center, where children of all ages could play in a fun and safe environment, which allowed parents the opportunity to make the most of their time on the mountain. For those who chose not to ski, there were multiple off-mountain activities available during the day.  

Bare told Aspen Public Radio, "Aspen ski week brings people together and says, ‘This is what you fought for. This country.’ These ideals are rooted in a physical place, and not just here in Aspen. But, enjoy this!”

According to Maggie Tolan from Challenge America, the organization plans to make Military Ski Week an annual event. Making it possible for more military families to enjoy their time on the mountain, and enjoy the country they fought to protect.

It's great seeing the community coming together to support our military families!

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