Army soldiers stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs have the opportunity to spend some time on the snow at [R445R, Sunlight Mountain Resort] just outside of Glenwood Springs. The free family vacation is for soldiers who are soon to be deployed or just returning from war in Iraq or Afghanistan. The soldier and his or her family are treated to an all-inclusive vacation where all amenities are provided by local sponsors.

Jennie Spillane of Sunlight Mountain Resort says, “It is a pleasure to host our military families for a getaway in the mountains. We want to thank the soldiers for what they do so we do what we can to make their vacation to Glenwood Springs and Sunlight Mountain as enjoyable as possible.”

One of those sponsors is the Sunlight Mountain Inn at the base of the ski area. The lodging property provides rooms for the families while they stay in Glenwood Springs. The Sunlight Mountain Inn is a bed and breakfast and the new lodging sponsor for this winter.

Operation Vacation started in 2005 and has provided over 60 vacations for military families with over half of those vacations spent at the ski area in the winter months. Sunlight offers free lift tickets, lessons, lunch, rentals, and daycare to the soldiers and their families.

Operation Vacation works with several areas around the country including Grand County, Colo., Dallas and Austin, Texas, and Kohala, Hawaii.

A snowboarding company is also offering a deal to any current uniformed service members of the U.S. or any allied nation (NATO, JSDF, etc.), whether active duty, guard, or reserves. Echelon Snow will send military members a snowboard for $150. That includes the shipping. Honorably discharged veterans get a 40 percent discount on boards, too. The deal is only on direct orders from Echelon, as opposed to getting a board in a store.

Mammoth - Donk Antrobus on an Echelon board Photo by Jared Hatch.

Photo of Donk Antrobus on an Echelon board was taken in Mammoth Lake, Calif. by Jared Hatch.

Echelon Snow is also coming out with a new clothing line that features camouflage ski and snowboard jackets. It got a lot of attention at the recent SIA show in Denver.

Echelon Snow Clothing line

Echelon Snow is coming out with a clothing line. Shannon Lukens photo.

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