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Service members and vets to celebrate 'Military Ski Week'

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This week, service members and veterans will gather in Aspen and Snowmass for Challenge America’s first-ever Military Ski Week.

The Colorado-based nonprofit has focused events for the week around the concept of the “Aspen Idea.”

Events explore how the pillars of mind, body and spirit connect to military principles. Stacy Bare, a Bronze Star recipient and director of Sierra Club Outdoors, will speak about the relationships among nature, values and duty. That’s Thursday at 6 p.m. The Little Nell.

This weekend, there will be a summit to launch the Military Sisterhood Initiative. The program addresses rising rates of suicide among women who’ve served in the military.

And, of course, there’s skiing. Challenge America is partnering with Aspen Skiing Company to offer discounted passes to the military community.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.