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Veterans Learn to Ski & Snowboard at Spirit Mountain

Emily Ness
Updated: February 29, 2020 10:54 PM

The Wounded Warrior Project and Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute teamed up to provide a dozen combat veterans a full day of ski and snowboard lesson Saturday. Lessons took place at Spirit Mountain with veterans ages 25 to 75. It was the first time the Wounded Warrior Project and the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center had partnered.

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“I think the Wounded Warriors Project makes a lot of inroads towards reaching out and getting people that otherwise might not be aware of the opportunities like a Courage Kenny Northland and through a partnership like this, they get a chance to meet our staff, our volunteers and they understand kind of the impacts that being involved in a sport like skiing or snowboarding can have,” Eric Larson, Supervisor of Courage Kenny Northland Program said.

Matt Kurzhals, a veteran who participated said he hadn't been skiing since high school so it was a great opportunity for him to try it out again.

“Just the opportunity. You know, and being able to hang out with other people and you know, none of us are rock stars on the slopes except for the instructors so you know, we’re all trying to you know do a different sport,” Kurzhals said.

Kurzhals also said he hopes to go to Colorado with the DAV next month and this gave him a chance to polish his skills.

“Skiing was fine. It was good. Didn’t venture too far off the bunny hill, but it was good,” Kurzhals said.

The Wounded Warrior Project and Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute hope to host more events together in the future.

“There were people who weren’t able to make it much farther than the bunny hill or the beginner hill but we had others that skied the whole mountain so I’ve heard stories of some pretty darn excited people who were out here and they’re looking to get involved in our weekly program,” Larson said.

Both organizations expressed their gratitude to spirit mountain for making the event possible.

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