Family Winter Ski Week


Wounded Heroes Family Adventures held its 12th annual winter program from April 7-14, 2019, in Breckenridge, CO. Wounded veterans (4 Army, 1 Marine, 1 National Guard and 1 Air Force) who had been severely wounded in the middle East participated with their families. Our program is unique in that it includes spouses and children, all of whom are impacted by the veteran’s war experiences. We had 14 adults and 14 children ranging in ages from 6-16.

This year’s program included 5 counseling sessions and 4 skiing/snowboarding instruction lessons provided by BOEC.

We had a wonderful counseling team (5 counselors) who helped couples and children open up to one another and start improved communication, which is the main goal of our counseling. In addition, the counselors provided resources for families to continue the process after the week concluded. We were excited this year to have a new non-profit organization (Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic) join us as a possible source for counseling services going forward.

An example of comments from our families this year were “words can’t express how blessed we are to have been invited to this experience.”

Event Summary
  • Seven-day program for 8-9 Heroes and their Families in Breckenridge, Colorado.
  • One-on-one adaptive Ski/Snowboard lessons, equipment and lift tickets for the Hero and Family.
  • Additional activities including fly fishing, sledding, ice skating and crafts.
  • Family Enrichment Program focused on improved communication, understanding and support.
  • Transportation, lodging, food, skiing, and activity expenses are included at no cost to the Hero Family.
IMG_0685Application Process
  1. Carefully review our selection criteria.
  2. If you meet this criteria, complete the application for the Wounded Heroes Family Winter Ski Week or any of our other events here.
  3. Cutoff date for applications for the annual April program is December 31 of the prior year (for example, the cutoff date for our April 2020 program was December 31, 2019).
  4. We review the applicants and select semi-finalists for an interview.
  5. We select and notify 8-9 families along with several alternates for the Ski Week.
  6. Those not selected for this event will also be considered for all other events as selected on their application.
Host Committee

Twenty volunteers comprise the Host Committee for the Family Winter Ski Week. This group of individuals is responsible for recruiting of applicants, fundraising, transportation, meals, coordinating ski and snowboard lessons with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), coordinating the Family Enrichment program, and all other administrative activities to support 8-9 families for a week.

Upcoming Dates

There are currently no scheduled events.

Preliminary Schedule of Activities

Sunday

Arrival and check-in at Grand Timber Lodge (GTL), Breckenridge.

Welcome Reception and Dinner for all families followed by One-Hour Orientation Session.

Monday

Families pick up ski or snowboard equipment and enjoy a half day of instruction provided by the experts at BOEC.

Group dinner provided for all families.

Tuesday

Family programs for couples, youths, and teens in the morning, followed by an afternoon of ski or snowboard instruction.

Group dinner for couples and separate youth and teen programs.

Wednesday

Family programs for couples, youths, and teens in the morning, followed by an afternoon of ski or snowboard instruction.

Families enjoy Dinner and evening activities on their own.

Thursday

Open day for families. Optional activities include fly fishing, shopping, tubing, ice skating or individual relaxation.

Families enjoy Dinner and evening activities on their own.

Friday

Family programs for couples, youths, and teens in the morning, followed by an afternoon of ski or snowboard instruction.

Farewell Dinner for all families, hosts and volunteers.

Saturday

Family programs for couples, youths, and teens in the morning, followed by an afternoon of ski or snowboard instruction, if so desired.

Families enjoy dinner and evening activities on their own.

Sunday

Checkout from the Grand Timber Lodge and departure.

Note: All activities are free unless otherwise noted. Transportation will be provided by GTL or BOEC for all scheduled activities.