49 Degrees North Ski Day


Dante Rumore, VCR Vice President

I would not feel right starting this post with anything but a huge thank you to the team at 49 Degrees North! For the 4th year in a row, 49 Degrees North has welcomed our veterans to join them for a full day of skiing/boarding. 49 Degrees provided rentals and lessons for the veterans just getting in to the sport and mother nature continuously brought the snow for the more advanced riders who were ready to rip.

We had most of the veterans who participated in today’s event on the snow not long after first chair and less than an hour later had an 8 rider crew chasing each other through the trees while blasting through lightly tracked powder. I saw some big smiles on faces that don’t smile as often as they had before war and I heard laughter in voices that don’t laugh as often. For me this is what it is all about!

Today I was blessed to have many great chairlift conversations with staff, volunteers and veterans. One that stands out occurred towards the end of the day. A veteran was telling me about a shift he has been noticing as he has started to “feel healthy again” and how at this point in his process of getting back to life after war he feels one of his greatest joys is sharing the activities that he loves with others. We talked about the challenging but necessary process of building a meaningful post war life that includes plenty of G.T.F.O.! Up here in the Inland Northwest, we are surrounded by nature and can be outdoors bathing in it in minutes. Couple that with comradery of a fellow veteran or a group of fellow veterans and you have some powerful ingredients for cooking up post war health. Add in a couple cartwheel wrecks and yard sales in fresh fluffy pow for good measure.

Again, I can confidently say I speak for the whole VCR team when I say this is what it is all about and this is why we do what we do! Thank you to all the veterans and their guests for showing up and making this a great day for everyone involved.

If you are a veteran of any war and are interested in joining us for our last ski day of the 2016/2017 season please call (509) 730-9413 to get signed up.