Sugarbush Resort to Host Military Families for a Day of Skiing and Winter Fun
Warren, VT (January 7, 2018) – Just in time for National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, over 100 local Veteran Service Members and their families will gather at Sugarbush Resort for a day of skiing and snowboarding on Sunday, January 7th. The free day of winter activities is made possible through Sugarbush’s ongoing partnership with Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program.
This event is part of Home Base’s Adventure Series, a series of free events throughout the year aimed at strengthening military family bonds before, during and after deployment. Veterans and their families may explore a new sport, connect with other military families, and learn more about the clinical services, education, and research offered by Home Base.
Sugarbush will provide equipment (including adaptive ski gear), instructors, lift tickets and lessons for all participants. Many of the military families in attendance have been coming to the event for the past several years. Amongst those in attendance on Sunday will be Gatsby, Home Base’s new Behavior Health Facility Dog, a Golden/Lab mix. Gatsby, along with several members of the Home Base Veteran Outreach Team, will be there to greet the military families at Gate House Lodge that morning.
“All of us at Sugarbush believe that life is better here in the Mad River Valley. We’re committed to creating a place where our guests can become better at the things they love doing here. We are proud of our continued partnership with Home Base, and look forward to once again providing veterans and their families with the opportunity to enjoy our winter pastime at the resort on Sunday,” added Candice White, VP of Communications and Guest Service at Sugarbush.
“Families return year after year for this event,” says Tim Dube, a Veteran Outreach Coordinator at Home Base. “It’s a day the entire family can enjoy, and it’s a way for these local military families to meet and network with other like-minded families.”
For more information on Home Base or Home Base’s Adventure Series, please visit the Home Base website or contact Charlotte Luckey. For day-of media coverage, members of the media should check in with John Bleh at Lincoln Peak Guest Services, located on the first floor of the Gate House Lodge, or call his cell at 802-249-5774.
About Home Base: Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war for Veterans, Service Members and their Families through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. As a National Center of Excellence, Home Base operates the largest private-sector clinic in the nation devoted to healing invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, co-occurring substance use disorder, military sexual trauma and family relationship challenges. Since its inception, Home Base has served more than 15,000 Veterans and Family Members with care and support, trained more than 55,000 clinicians, educators and community members nationally and remains at the forefront of discovering new treatments-- ensuring a brighter future for the 21st century Warrior and Military Family. For more information please visit www.homebase.org
About Sugarbush: In 2001, Summit Ventures, led by Win Smith, purchased Sugarbush from the American Skiing Corporation. Today, Smith serves as President of the resort, and his family remains the majority owner. The resort includes two mountain areas, multiple lodging properties, an eighteen-hole golf course, a health and recreation facility, and an array of dining venues. Year-round, the resort staffs approximately 155 employees, and in the height of the winter season employees number close to 1,000.
Sugarbush has earned a reputation as one of the best ski resorts around. Ski Magazine recently ranked Sugarbush #2 in the East, and USA Today named it a top 10 resort in the country—the only eastern resort to be recognized.