Achieve Tahoe to Host the “Ability Celebration” Snow Sports Camp for Injured Veterans February 24 – 27, 2016 in North Lake Tahoe

Category: Press Release

February 22, 2016 – Squaw Valley /Alpine Meadows, CA— Achieve Tahoe, a non-profit organization providing specialized ski and snowboard instruction to people with physical, emotional and intellectual challenges today announced that the group will hold its annual military winter sports camp, the Ability Celebration, starting on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in North Lake Tahoe.  The event will take place over four days at Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Northstar and will conclude with the 22nd Annual Ability Bash Fundraiser featuring Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows president and CEO Andy Wirth as Master of Ceremonies on Saturday February 27th at the Alpine Meadows Lodge. 

“Each year we get the privilege of sharing the beauty of North Lake Tahoe with these deserving individuals who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Haakon Lang-Ree, Executive Director of Achieve Tahoe, “However, this year, thanks to the El Nino we get to treat them to the pleasure of enjoying phenomenal skiing and riding conditions!”
 
Twenty injured veterans and their guests will attend the camp, which consists of specialized instruction in adaptive skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling free of charge.  Each participant will receive private lessons specifically designed to support their physical therapy, boost their emotional well-being, build their confidence and ultimately help with their re-integration into their communities. Many attendees will bring guests including spouses, parents, siblings and friends join them in the activities as well as provide support and encouragement. 

“Our company has been and will remain a stalwart supporter of Achieve Tahoe,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.  “Achieve Tahoe is a world class, non-profit organization based here at our mountains, and its board, leadership team and volunteers are truly appreciated by our company, our industry, and the entire community.”

Events open to the media include: 
Weds 2/24 – 2:30 – 3:30 Snowmobiling at Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours
Thurs 2/25 – 10 – 4 skiing/snowboarding at Alpine Meadows
Fri 2/26 – 10 – 4 skiing/ snowboarding at Squaw Valley
Sat 2/27 - 10 – 12:30 skiing/snowboarding at Northstar Resort 
22nd Annual Ability Bash featuring Andy Wirth as Master of Ceremonies 
Saturday 2/27 from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm at Alpine Meadows Lodge The evening includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction all in celebration and tribute to these military service men and women who have given so much for our freedom.  Featured speakers include Matthew A. Weed, Ph.D., Co-Director: The Biology Academic Success Center, The College of Biological Sciences: The University of California, Davis and Marybel Batjer, Secretary, California Government Operations Agency.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Tickets are available for purchase at: https://achievetahoe.webconnex.com/2016AbilityBash 

About Achieve Tahoe 
Achieve Tahoe is a unique North Lake Tahoe-based non-profit organization, teaching specialized ski and snowboard lessons seven days a week on the slopes of Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Northstar Resorts. Staffed by a corps of over 150 trained instructors, 90% of whom are volunteers, they serve people of any age with physical, sensory and intellectual challenges. Find out more at www.achievetahoe.org


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