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The 10th Mountain Division

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On this Veteran's Day, let's remember and honor all veterans. Let's also not forget the impact they have had not only on our freedom and our nation, but also remember that the sport we love owes them a great debt of gratitude. 

 

The 10th Mountain Division's veterans were a large part of the bedrock upon which the American ski industry was built. They helped start some major resorts like Vail. They got their families and friends on the slopes, and led to a huge expansion in skiers that led to skiing becoming the sport it is today.

 

So thank you to all veterans today, for all you have done. And in a much smaller way, thank you for enriching us with the sport we love. 

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So thank you to all veterans today, for all you have done. And in a much smaller way, thank you for enriching us with the sport we love. 

 

And our family members and friends especially.  I think of my all of my great uncles and grandparents and great grandparents who were in the wars. 

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Well said.

 

EpicSki can count among our members a WWII veteran.  @Jamesj recently wrote an article about Bob McNeill aka oldfool91.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/the-most-experienced-epicskier-bob-mcneill

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Five or so years ago I had just arrived at Peak 8 at Breck and as I got to the now defunct Bergenhof, was met with a large group of seniors heading to the lifts.  After lunch I rode up with an instructor who said he had been with that group in morning and they were all connected with the 10th Mountain in some way.  That included 5 or 6 who had been in the Division in WWII.  Oldest was 96 then and was still skiing.  Awesome!

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Impact summarized at the end of the article:

 

All told, more than 60 ski resorts were founded, developed or managed by those who fought in World War II with the Mountain Division’s insignia on their sleeves.

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You have probably already seen but if not, track this down;  "Fire on the Mountain". A very good movie documentary on the 10th filled with a lot of interviews and fascinating footage. 

 

Have had the privilege of skiing with a number of veterans of the 10th, including some from the modern 10th. Thank you all.

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