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Largest Military Family Ski Event in The Nation Happening at Taos Ski Valley

18 December 2017 by

Largest Military Family Ski Event in The Nation Happening at Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico - The 5th Annual Not Forgotten Outreach Week’s FREE event will be held from January 16th – 21st, 2018. Taos Ski Valley (TSV) and Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. (NFO) invite Past & Present Military Members, their immediate family & Gold Star Families the opportunity to enjoy a week on the slopes, w/ free equipment rentals, $35.00 lift tickets, group lessons, Children’s Ski School and childcare STEEP discounts, allowing the whole family to reap the healing benefits.

The event incorporates group dining, providing beneficial socialization and bonding opportunities through encouraging participants to spend time together as a family and build relationships with new friends. In 2017, there were over 2,000 Military Family attendees, this year TSV & NFO expect to Host over 3,000 Military Families! Making the event the largest gathering of Military Families having fun together at a ski resort.

Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc., a Taos, New Mexico non-profit, brings Military Families from all over the US together at Taos Ski Valley for an experience filled with fun activities on & off the Ski Mountains. Military Families hit the slopes with loved ones and Military friends at a Ski Resort started by WWII Veteran Ernie Blake. The Blake family approved the start of the event when Jonah Salloway, former event director at TSV, came up with the idea in November 2013. Since the new owner, Louis Bacon, purchased TSV the annual event has only grown in the number of participants and most importantly in support from TSV employees, by taking ownership of the event for Military Families. To improve “Mindfulness” and relationships, NFO is proud to have partnered with the Department of Veteran Affairs Care Management & Social Work Services to offer intimacy & caregiving training by Nicole Jasmine Johnson, MSW, MA, LCSW. This intimacy & caregiver training will provide desperately needed guidance to Military Couples in how to adjust their personal relationship aspirations when dealing with a wounded warrior with either physical or cognitive injuries, enabling them to learn a “new norm” of intimacy in their relationships. Classes will be held each morning at 10am and afternoons at 3pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Connected Warriors Yoga will provide evidence-based Trauma-Conscious yoga therapy programs for Service members, Veterans and their Families every morning of the event at 9am. Defendu Academy of Taos will provide a self-defense class on Wednesday at 10am, taught by former Special Forces Soldier Ryan Daley. The VA Mobile Vet Center will be available Saturday 10am – 2pm, to answer both active duty and veteran’s questions on benefits entitlements. On Friday, Melanie A. Suazo, SGM (Ret), Director of the New Mexico Women Veterans Program of the NM Department of Veterans’ Services, will be on hand at the event to reach out to women veterans in NM. Thursday from 1000 till 1400 Army vs Navy vs Marines vs Air Force on the Mountain. Join us as we challenge each other during the Inter-Service Branch Races.

On Thursday & Saturday night NFO will host a FREE “Appreciation Dinner” for 200 Military Families each night. Lodging discounts to Military Families are graciously being offered by fourteen different hotels in the Taos area.

Millennials Helping Military Families: We are again blessed to have an AmeriCorps Southwest Region NCCC team of eleven, each of which has received over fifteen hours of training in military culture and military family lives, through the PsychArmor Institute. AmeriCorps NCCC will be on hand to help out during the event.

TSV Resort Deals & Discounts January 16th – 21st, 2017: Eligibility: Active Duty, National Guard, Reservist, Veteran, Family Members, and Gold Star Families and their Family Members with military ID or other identification verifying military association.

Lift Tickets:
$35 / day

$3 from each lift ticket will be donated to Not Forgotten Outreach Outlet Lesson Type Price Details Children Center Full Day $45 Childcare, Pre-school, Grade School, Middle School

Children Center Half Day $35 Childcare, Pre-school, Grade School, Middle School

  • Adult Snowsports First Experience $62 Lift ticket included
  • Adult Snowsports Novice $62 Lift ticket included
  • Adult Snowsports Group Lesson $30 Lift ticket NOT included * No Discounts for Private Lesson
  • Adaptive Lessons Fill out and submit participant packet
  • $2 from each lesson will be donated to Not Forgotten Outreach
  • Children’s Snowsports School reservations required And Broaden The Experience. There’s also plenty to do when participants aren’t on the slopes.
  • Free Hot Drinks and Snacks @ the Base (Tuesday – Sunday 0900 – 1500)
  • Inter-Service Branch Races: Thursday 1000 – 1400
  • Group Photo Thursday & Saturday at 1600
  • Volunteers deliver untiring encouragement and friendship
    A devoted force of volunteers and specialized ski instructors offer one-on-one instruction, untiring encouragement, and loyal friendship. This bonding and mentorship are critical to the therapeutic value of the event. Using a volunteer team, Not Forgotten Outreach creates a week of events to connect the children and surviving spouses of the Fallen, Active Duty & Veterans with others going through the same experience. The Military Families who attend our annual events walk away knowing they are not alone, and that we honor the Sacrifice the Military Members made while serving our country.
  • Want to Help CLICK HERE!

About Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley would like to thank the Men and Women and Families of the Armed Services. Located in northern New Mexico, Taos is one of North America’s premier ski and snowboard destinations, with more than 305 inches of average annual snowfall and more than 110 trails. Taos has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere; spectacular scenery; and amazing terrain--truly making it a world of its own. To learn more about Taos Ski Valley (USA Today’s #1 Ski Town 2016/17), please visit www.skitaos.com.

About Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.

Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to motivating Military Members and Veterans, their Families, and Gold Star Families of Fallen Heroes to participate in recreational and/or therapeutic activities in order to facilitate the healing process. Serving over 4,800 Military Families in 2017, NFO provides opportunities to improve relationships, build comradeship and at the same time enhance “Mindfulness” and personal well-being. For Further Questions and Sponsorship Opportunities please contact Don Peters,
don@notforgottenoutreach.org (575) 224-1503.

CFC Approved Charity #45291

NFO says Thank You to Taos Ski Valley and Taos Milagro Rotary for their Continued Support of Military Families

All Not Forgotten Outreach events are alcohol & drug free

September 27, 2017 Don Peters II


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