Military to the Mountain program returns to Reno-Tahoe
22 injured US Military Veterans finish 9 weeks of training and preparation for a week of skiing and snowboarding at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Prior to the week of skiing and snowboarding, 22 Injured U.S. Veterans from various branches of the military will have gone through a nine-week training program (the standard length of military boot camp) at the Adaptive Training Foundation in Dallas, Texas or with the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services staff and Double Diamond Athletic Club in Reno to ensure they are physically prepared for a week on the Mountain. Each workout is geared specifically toward skiing and snowboarding.
“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.”
The Veterans will be instructed by Achieve Tahoe adaptive ski program. Military to the Mountain program is hosted by The High Fives Foundation in Truckee, Calif., the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services in Reno, Nev., Double Diamond Athletic Club in Reno, NV and the Adaptive Training Foundation in Dallas, Texas.
“We’re dedicated to improving the physical and emotional health of U.S. Veterans,” said Roy Tuscany, Executive Director of the High Fives Foundation. “It’s been an extremely rewarding opportunity to bring all of these organizations together to honor these men and women who have been injured serving our country.”
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 $134,641 in 2017) make the program financial possible.
“We are proud to support the Military to the Mountain program,” said Mike Shirley, Owner, Double Diamond Athletic Club. “For many years our club has been committed to hosting and providing fitness programs and rehabilitation support to the brave men and women who currently serve or have served in the U.S. military. We are committed to the health of our members and the health of our community.”
All “on-hill” snow sports will be instructed by the professionals at Achieve Tahoe. The 22 U.S. 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.
Thirteen of the Veterans traveling from the Dallas, Texas area have not skied or snowboarded, and some of them haven’t even seen snow.
“Adaptive skiing/snowboarding will be one of the greatest physical tests some of these athletes will have faced post injury” said Jonny Wright, REIGNITE Program Director at the Adaptive Training Center. “Our trainers are delivering specific workouts to meet the needs of each athlete’s limitations, preparing them for the rigors of the Mountain.”
To learn more about the program and photos, visit High Fives Foundation website.