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Retired Army Golden Knight, Double Amputee Dana Bowman Returns to Angel Fire

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Retired Army Golden Knight, Double Amputee Dana Bowman Returns to Angel Fire

Skydives into Military Winterfest February 11

ANGEL FIRE, N.M.  (January 3, 2017) – “Breathtaking,” “inspirational” and “goose bumpy” are words spectators used to describe how Dana Bowman jumped, quite literally into the hearts of Angel Fire’s residents and visitors during its Military Appreciation Weekend last February. But jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft and parachuting over thousands of spectators is SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for Bowman, a former member of the Army’s elite parachute team, the Golden Knights and double amputee.

Bowman returns to Angel Fire for the 3rd Annual Military Winterfest to dazzle audiences with his signature American Flag Fly In Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. Parachuting onto the base of Angel Fire Resort’s ski mountain with his two special prosthetic limbs, he will “land on a dime”—again. Bowman, who performs this feat more than 100 times each year, is determined to continue proving his long-held motto – “It’s not the disability; it’s the ability™.”

Bowman lost both legs in a parachuting accident in 1994 when he and his partner traveling at a combined speed of 300 mph collided in midair. Bowman’s legs were severed instantly. The impact killed his best friend and skydiving partner, Sgt. Jose Aguillon. “My life changed in one split second,” Bowman said. “But I’m here to say you can still make a difference. Our society today needs positive role models. I challenge all of you to learn and give back something.”

Brandishing a 2,000 sq. ft. American flag, Bowman said he was proud to be the first to jump onto Angel Fire’s slopes last year and in 2015.  “It’s cold, breezy and the altitude makes it challenging,” he said.  “But it was nothing compared to the sacrifice that our veterans do for us each and every day.”

The retired Golden Knight has been the subject of hundreds of national and international news stories, including: Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, Discovery Channel, History Channel and Dateline NBC. Bowman retired from the Army after 20 years of service, performing his final jump as a Golden Knight into the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. His many awards and honors include a bronze star for valor in 1989 during the conflict in Panama as well as Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year in 1995. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in commercial aviation at the University of North Dakota in 2000 and resolved to spend the rest of his life serving his fellow disabled veterans – on the ground and in the air.

“I don’t have any legs, but I can fly multi-million dollar helicopters,” said Bowman, who remains the only double amputee instructor pilot in the world. “I can do anything I want to do, and I want to encourage veterans, kids and anybody to imagine what they can do.”

Through his motivational speeches, inspirational jumps and spirit of giving back, Bowman shows that even in the face of adversity, people with disabilities are anything but useless. “There are a lot of veterans who have overcome tragedies whether in the line of duty or not, whether they’re blind, quadriplegic, paraplegic or have another disability,” he said. Military members and their families participating in Winterfest will have a chance to hear Bowman deliver one of his rousing motivational talks at a dinner later that night.

Bowman says he’s looking forward to coming back to Angel Fire. “I enjoyed the people of Angel Fire, enjoyed the hospitality and friendliness of this unique mountainside village,” he said. “Thank you, Angel Fire for making our dreams come true and giving back to the community of warriors.”

While Bowman is the main attraction at Military Winterfest, held Feb. 9 – 13, the festival features skiing, snowboarding and tubing at deeply discounted rates. As well, snowshoeing, s’mores parties, a KidsFest, an Inter-Service Fun Race, daily Twilight Colors Retirement Parade, a Military Family Expo and more.

Last year, the event welcomed more than 600 active duty, retirees and families from Texas, Colorado and beyond to its winter celebration. This year, organizers anticipate doubling participation.

REACHING OUT TO ALL VETS AND TO THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

“This year we’ve expanded our unique ‘Vet2Vet’ program that offers ski and snowboard lessons for vets, by vets,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rick Sprott, Military Winterfest 2017 chair and board member, National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center Angel Fire. “As well, we’ve bolstered our Adaptive Programs for vets with disabilities.”

REGISTER TO GO!

Exclusive military discounts and access to all Winterfest activities are offered to all registered participants. Registration includes: VIP access to all outdoor and indoor events; a Gift Bag; a collectable Military Challenge Coin, half-price lift tickets, equipment rentals and lessons. Additionally, many Angel Fire restaurants and shops are also giving military discounts to Winterfest attendees.

Advanced Online Registration: $25 individuals; $35 families (up to 5 dependents, including spouse); and free for 100% Disabled Veterans. Register at https://mwf2017.eventbrite.com

Onsite Registration during the festival in the Angel Fire Resort hotel lobby or Online Registration after Winterfest starts: $35 individuals; $50 families – families (up to 5 dependents, including spouse); and 100% Disabled Veterans free.

Saturday’s Dinner may be added on with Advanced Online purchase: $5/adult; and free for 100% Disabled Veterans and kids under 12. After January 28 Online or Onsite: $10/adult; $5/kids under 12; and 100% Disabled Veterans still free.

To book lodging, lessons and equipment call 855-318-1081 & ask for “VETS.” You may also reserve lift tickets, lessons, equipment AND lodging with this number.

To book a Vet2Vet lesson or schedule a Veteran Adaptive session call 575-377-4320.  (Veteran Adaptive sessions are by prior arrangement only. The Angel Fire Ski & Snowboard School requires at least 2 weeks to secure appropriate adaptive sports equipment & certified instructors.)

For festival details and updates see MilitaryWinterfest.com, Facebook.com/MilitaryWinterfest or follow Twitter @AFWinterfest or Pinterest.

Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, veterans, retirees, dependent families and Gold Star families are eligible to participate but must have a valid identification card or other proof of service.

Winterfest helps raise funds and awareness for the *National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center of Angel Fire. The Center is nationally known for using creative therapies in its weeklong Retreat Programs to help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress.

Military Winterfest 2017 partner: Angel Fire Resort, a 5-Star corporate sponsor and NEVER SUMMER INDUSTRIES, Official Snowboard Sponsor.

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The registration fees paid when attending Military Winterfest 2017 are tax-deductible and directly support the National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center. The Center provides treatment for military individuals and families that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress. Its creative therapies have been nationally recognized for their effectiveness in treating the “Invisible Wounds of War.” The natural setting of Angel Fire in the Sangre de Cristo mountains is the perfect location to bring couples to a place where healing in nature is optimal. The Veteran couples experience Native American hand washing ceremony and storytelling of the warrior culture and many more therapeutic techniques. These retreats are only possible with the help from donors & grant funding. For more, see National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center Angel Fire.

Military Winterfest Drives Registration

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Military Winterfest Drives Registration

Winter Celebration Savings for Veterans, Military & Families in Angel Fire 

ANGEL FIRE, N.M.  (December 5, 2016) – Angel Fire’s 3rd Annual Military Winterfest Feb. 9 – 13, a celebration for veterans, all military and family members, has ramped up their early online registration efforts. “Now is a great time to register to attend before everyone gets caught up in the holiday whirl,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rick Sprott, Military Winterfest 2017-18 chair and board member, National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center (NVW&HC).

The five-day festival features skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, a daily Twilight Colors Retirement Parade and a KidFest. New offerings include a Military Family Expo and a reunion for past National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center Retreat participants. Popular activities from previous years will also return: Ski and snowboard lessons for vets, by vets, an adaptive athlete program for vets with disabilities, and an Inter-service Fun Race. Winterfest’s highpoint occurs mid-festival when former U.S. Army Golden Knight & double amputee, Dana Bowman skydives from an airplane making a precision landing onto the base of Angel Fire Resort’s ski mountain while carrying a colossal American flag.

REGISTER TO GO!

Exclusive military discounts and access to all Winterfest activities are offered to all registered participants. Registration includes: VIP access to all outdoor and indoor events, a Gift Bag, a collectable Military Challenge Coin, 60 percent or more off lift tickets, and 50 percent off equipment rentals and lessons. Lodging rates with Angel Fire Resort are as low as $81 per night. Additionally, many Angel Fire restaurants and shops are also giving military discounts to Winterfest attendees.

Advanced Online Registration: $25 individuals, $35 families (up to 5 dependents, including spouse), and free for 100% Disabled Veterans. Register at https://mwf2017.eventbrite.com. MasterCard, American Express, VISA and Discover cards are accepted.

Onsite Registration during the festival in the Angel Fire Resort hotel lobby or Online Registration after Winterfest starts: $35 individuals, $50 families (up to 5 dependents, including spouse), and 100% Disabled Veterans free.

The Celebratory Dinner may be added on with Advanced Online purchase: $5/adult, and free for 100% Disabled Veterans and kids under 12. After January 28 Online or Onsite: $10/adult, $5/kids under 12, and 100% Disabled Veterans still free.

To book Angel Fire Resort lodging, lessons and equipment call 855-318-1081 choose option 1 and ask for the “VETS” offer. For other Village accommodations check MilitaryWinterfest.com for details.

For festival details and updates see MilitaryWinterfest.com, Facebook.com/MilitaryWinterfest, Pinterest or follow Twitter @AFWinterfest.

Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, veterans, retirees, dependent families and Gold Star families are eligible to participate but must have a valid identification card or other proof of service.

Winterfest, which attracted more than 500 veterans, active military and their families last year, helps raise funds and awareness for the NVW&HC of Angel Fire. The Center is nationally known for using creative therapies in its weeklong Retreat Programs to help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress.

Military Winterfest 2017 partner: Angel Fire Resort, a 5-Star corporate sponsor.

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The registration fees paid when attending Military Winterfest 2017 are tax-deductible and directly support the National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center. The Center provides treatment for military individuals and families that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress. Its creative therapies have been nationally recognized for their effectiveness in treating the “Invisible Wounds of War.” The natural setting of Angel Fire in the Sangre de Cristo mountains is the perfect location to bring couples to a place where healing in nature is optimal. The Veteran couples experience Native American hand washing ceremony and storytelling of the warrior culture and many more therapeutic techniques. These retreats are only possible with the help from donors & grant funding. For more, see National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center Angel Fire.

Military Winterfest Promos Schedule, Opens Registration

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Military Winterfest Promos Schedule, Opens Registration

Features American Flag Jump-in, KidFest & Inter-Service Races

 

ANGEL FIRE, N.M.  (Oct. 18, 2016) – Angel Fire’s 3nd Annual Military Winterfest Feb. 9 – 13, 2017 is a Rocky Mountain celebration for veterans, working military and their families.

A five-day schedule features skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, a daily Twilight Colors Retirement Parade and a KidFest. The festival highlight occurs when Dana Bowman, a retired U.S. Army Golden Knight and double amputee, dazzles audiences with his signature American Flag Jump In Saturday, February 11. Skydiving from an airplane, he’ll make a precision landing onto the base of Angel Fire Resort’s ski mountain while an enormous American flag soars above him. Bowman lost both legs in a parachuting accident and has two custom-made prosthetic limbs.

Military Winterfest has added several new offerings, including a Meet & Greet Social, a Donor Reception, a Military Family Expo and a reunion for past wellness center* Retreat participants. Returning in 2017: Ski and snowboard lessons for vets, by vets, and an adaptive athlete program for vets with disabilities. Recognizing the family nature of the festival, organizers will again feature a KidFest with several new activities, including: a Snow Dog Show, photo ops with a “Snow Bear,” Skijoring, a Snow Ball Corn Hole Toss, a Snowman Contest, an attempt to establish a Snow Angel Record, and a s’mores and cocoa party.  As well, there will be a Celebratory Dinner beginning with a live musical welcome, a multi-media presentation by Dana Bowman and one-on-one photo ops with him. For those with a competitive spirit, organizers have again slated an Inter-service Fun Race with a prize-giving ceremony.

REGISTER TO GO!

Exclusive military discounts and access to all Winterfest activities are offered to all registered participants. Registration includes: VIP access to all outdoor and indoor events; a Gift Bag; a collectable Military Challenge Coin, half-price lift tickets, equipment rentals and lessons. Additionally, many Angel Fire restaurants and shops are also giving military discounts to Winterfest attendees.

Advanced Online Registration: $25 individuals; $35 families (up to 5 dependents, including spouse); and free for 100% Disabled Veterans. Register at https://mwf2017.eventbrite.com

Onsite Registration during the festival in the Angel Fire Resort hotel lobby or Online Registration after Winterfest starts: $35 individuals; $50 families – families (up to 5 dependents, including spouse); and 100% Disabled Veterans free.

The Celebratory Dinner may be added on with Advanced Online purchase: $5/adult; and free for 100% Disabled Veterans and kids under 12. After January 28 Online or Onsite: $10/adult; $5/kids under 12; and 100% Disabled Veterans still free.

To book lodging, lessons and equipment go to angelfireresort.com or call Cen Res at 575-377-4320. Use Promotional Code: VETS.

To book a Vet2Vet lesson or schedule a Veteran Adaptive session call 575-377-4320.  (Veteran Adaptive sessions are by prior arrangement only. The Angel Fire Ski & Snowboard School requires at least 2 weeks to secure appropriate adaptive sports equipment & certified instructors.)

For festival details and updates see MilitaryWinterfest.com, Facebook.com/MilitaryWinterfest or follow Twitter @AFWinterfest or Pinterest.

Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, veterans, retirees, dependent families and Gold Star families are eligible to participate but must have a valid identification card or other proof of service.

Winterfest, which attracted more than 500 veterans, active military and their families last year, helps raise funds and awareness for the *National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center of Angel Fire. The Center is nationally known for using creative therapies in its weeklong Retreat Programs to help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress.

Military Winterfest 2017 partner: Angel Fire Resort, a 5-Star corporate sponsor.

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The registration fees paid when attending Military Winterfest 2017 are tax-deductible and directly support the National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center. The Center provides treatment for military individuals and families that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress. Its creative therapies have been nationally recognized for their effectiveness in treating the “Invisible Wounds of War.” The natural setting of Angel Fire in the Sangre de Cristo mountains is the perfect location to bring couples to a place where healing in nature is optimal. The Veteran couples experience Native American hand washing ceremony and storytelling of the warrior culture and many more therapeutic techniques. These retreats are only possible with the help from donors & grant funding. For more, see National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center Angel Fire.

 

 

Military Winterfest Announces Action-Packed Schedule

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Military Winterfest Announces Action-Packed Schedule
Features American Flag Jump-in, KidFest & Inter-Service Races

ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (Feb. 3, 2016) – Angel Fire’s 2nd Annual Military Winterfest is a Rocky Mountain celebration in the snow for veterans, working military and their families. A five-day schedule features skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, tubing, snowshoeing and a KidFest. But the highlight of the festival is when Dana Bowman, a retired U.S. Army Golden Knight and double amputee, dazzles audiences with his signature American Flag Jump In Saturday morning, Feb. 20. Skydiving from an airplane, he’ll make a precision landing onto the base of Angel Fire Resort’s ski mountain. Bowman, who has two special prosthetic limbs when he lost both legs in a parachuting accident, is determined to prove his long-held motto – “It’s not the disability; it’s the ability™.”

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Military Winterfest Seeks Volunteers Feb. 17-22

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Military Winterfest Seeks Volunteers Feb. 17-22
As Little as 1-Hour or More Can Make a Difference

ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (Jan. 22, 2016) – Organizers at the 2nd Annual Military Winterfest are seeking volunteers to show off some Angel Fire hospitality. “Our goal is to provide the best possible experience for our veteran, active duty guests and their families,” said Lysa Hopson, Military Winterfest volunteer coordinator. “Our vets and their families have given much to our country, and this festival for them is just one way Angel Fire can say ‘thanks’ for their service.”

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