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Mar 14, 2013 7:48 PM by Bill Folsom

Stress relief at Ski Cooper for kids of deployed Fort Carson soldiers

A Colorado Ski area's link back to World War II is the connection for an effort at Ski Cooper to serve the families of men and women serving in our current military. "The 10th Mountain Division originally was founded and all the training was actually done here," said Ski Cooper General Manger, Dan Torsell. More than 7 decades later volunteer members of the areas National Ski Patrol have started a new Fort Carson relationship. They created a get away day for the kids of deployed soldiers. "Thinking about the kids and some of the stresses they have through this whole deployment process and thought this may give us an opportunity to give them a break from some of the stresses," said National Ski Patrol Volunteer, Steve Gaylord.

"I try to keep it off my mind," said Justin Peterson. His dad deployed just a month ago. His mom Nichole who is along to chaperone says days like this are important. "I've got three teenagers and this is our first deployment, so it's difficult."

There are flying poles, a lot of crashes, and a lot of smiles. The kids have a good time and the Ski Patrol hosts seem to be enjoying the day even more. "To spend a day and teach a soldiers kid how to ski--that's good," said National Ski Patrol Volunteer, Steve Denning.

A couple of anonymous Colorado Springs businesses paid for much of the day. Ski Cooper donated the passes. The Ski Patrol Members who volunteer on weekends took a day off from their weekday jobs to host the kids.

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