Military to the Mountains
November 23, 2020
Granby Ranch Announces the New Patriot Pass and the Granby Ranch Military to the Mountains Program
The Granby Ranch Patriot Pass provides free skiing privileges to active-duty members of the US Military.
Developed in partnership with the High Fives Foundation, the Granby Ranch Military to the Mountains program provides Veterans with a specialized nine-week training program culminating in a week on the snow at Granby Ranch.
In conjunction with Veterans Day, the Ridgeline Executive Group, managers of the Granby Ranch Ski Resort, announced an all-new season pass program, The Patriot Pass and the Granby Ranch Military to the Mountains program. The Granby Ranch Patriot Pass affords complimentary skiing and riding privileges for the 2020/21 winter season to all active duty US military personnel. Developed in conjunction with the High Fives Foundation, the Military to the Mountains program will bring a group of warriors who have sustained combat-related critical injuries and, after completing a nine-week intensive physical training program, they will ski and snowboard on the slopes of Granby Ranch. “While we make this announcement on Veterans Day, we all honor those who have served and currently serve our country’s military each and every day of the year.
The Patriot Pass is our way of honoring and thanking those who are currently serving so to protect our freedoms and our country’s interests while the Military to the Mountains program supports those who have served and need our support,” said Jace Wirth, Ridgeline Executive Group’s Co-Founder and General Manager of Granby Ranch. Upon presenting a valid military ID, servicemen and servicewomen will be provided a complimentary season pass and custom Granby Ranch Challenge Coin acknowledging and thanking them for their service.
The Granby Ranch Military to the Mountains program, which has been developed in partnership with the widely-respected High Fives Foundation and the Adaptive Training Foundation, offers wounded war-fighters an opportunity to take on a nine-week intensive physical training program with ATF and then travel to Granby Ranch, Colorado where their progression culminates in a week of skiing and riding in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. “Military to the Mountains demonstrates our deep sense of appreciation for the men and women who have served our country, specifically, those veterans who have suffered life-changing injuries in their service to our great country” noted Jace Wirth. “In 2012, it was reported by the Veterans Administration that on average 22 veterans a day take their own lives, a rate over twice the national average and a number widely thought to be understated. As a country, we can never do enough to help these warriors. The Granby Ranch Military to the Mountains program helps at least this group of warriors heal and represents our team’s, our mountain’s and our community’s effort to do more for these heroes, to
whom we owe so very much.”
“We’re so proud to bring the Military to the Mountains program to Colorado and glad to have the chance to work with the great team at Granby Ranch along with the team at the National Center for Disabled Sports. I’ve personally seen the Military to the Mountains have a profound impact on the physical and emotional health of the participating US veterans” commented Roy Tuscany, the Founder and CEO of the High Fives Foundation. Prior to the week of skiing and snowboarding at Granby Ranch, each veteran goes through a grueling nine-week training program, the standard length of military boot camp, at the Adaptive Training Foundation, located in Dallas, Texas, which gets them prepared physically and emotionally for a week on the mountain. “This unique program offers wounded war-fighters an opportunity to tap back into their physicality by pushing through mental and physical barriers while also developing friendships and a strong sense of tribe with the warriors with whom they’re training” said David Vobora, Founder and CEO of the Adaptive Training Foundation. “After completing training at the ATF facility, the group will fly to Colorado where while at Granby Ranch, we will see them continue to heal, redefine their limits and ignite new passions to take a different type of ridgeline in comparison to their days serving in combat.” The on-snow portion of the 2021 Granby Ranch Military to the Mountains program will take place March 28 – April 3, 2021 and will be supported entirely by donations and the support of community members.
The Military to the Mountains program was pioneered at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resorts in California and was featured in a
special ESPN segment produced by Kenny Mayne: