SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN WELCOMES MILITARY & FAMILIES TO ITS FIRST-EVER ARMED FORCES WINTER SALUTE MARCH 1-3

SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN WELCOMES MILITARY & FAMILIES TO ITS FIRST-EVER ARMED FORCES WINTER SALUTE MARCH 1-3

UNCLE KRACKER TO HEADLINE FESTIVAL OF LIVE EVENTS AND ON-MOUNTAIN ACTIVITIES BENEFITTING VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS

SNOWSHOE, West Virginia – (JANUARY 23, 2013) – Snowshoe Mountain Resort (www.snowshoemtn.com), the #1 ski area in the Mid-Atlantic, today announced that double-platinum country artist, Uncle Kracker, will headline its first-ever Armed Forces Winter Salute weekend with a live outdoor concert in the Snowshoe Village on Saturday, March 2nd. Uncle Kracker’s brand new album Midnight Special has been hailed as one of the best country albums of 2012. Proceeds from the weekend event will benefit veterans-related organizations including The Wounded Warrior Project and Wounded Wear.

Snowshoe’s Armed Forces Military Salute Weekend will be held March 1-3, 2013, and is open to everyone. In addition to great live music, the weekend celebration will include branch versus branch competitions, ski races, family-friendly games, comedy shows, evening parties, and the Warfighters Sports Camp, which invites wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans to enjoy a weekend of skiing and riding on the slopes. Several military veteran VIPs will be on-hand to speak to fellow soldiers and share insights, including Navy SEAL LT Jason “Jay” Redman, shot seven times by enemy machine gun fire during an operation in Iraq.

With 38 military installations within a six hour drive of Snowshoe, the resort has created this weekend event to show appreciation for the longstanding ties to the West Virginia mountains by the large populations of active duty military, retired veterans and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

“Snowshoe prides itself on offering easy getaways for military and their families shouldering the sacrifices that come with the job,” explains David Dekema, marketing director, Snowshoe Mountain Resort. “But more than that, this weekend is a great opportunity to come together, in the mountains, as a community, and say thank you for the freedoms you safeguard for us.”

Snowshoe Mountain offers everyday discounts on lift tickets, lodging and season passes to military, veterans and their families. Snowshoe also recently kicked off a partnership with TroopSwap.com, a website founded by veterans dedicated to delivering special savings opportunities to all members of the military community.

Armed Forces Military Salute Schedule of Events:

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

8pm-11pm                  First-Boots-In Happy Hour and Kick-off Party | Village

Friday, March 1, 2013

8am-4pm                
Information and registration center | Big Top                                                  

9am-4pm                    
Expo/ Sponsor Village in Big Top
Skiing and riding all day | Snowshoe Mountain
War Fighters Adaptive Ski Program | Silver Creek

10am-2pm                  
Branch v Branch modified-slalom | Snowshoe Mountain

4pm-6pm                  
Zip Line Bomb Run Prize Challenge | Village

8 – 10pm                  
Opening Night Show | Big Top
Live Comedy, VIP Military Dignitaries, Welcome Address

10pm                                    
The Davvison Brothers Band | The Connection

10-12pm                
Military March Late Night Happy Hour | Village                                  

Saturday, March 2, 2013
7-10am                   
Storm the Buffet Breakfast | The Junction @ Snowshoe

8am-4pm                  
Expo & Sponsor Exhibits | Big Top

9am-4pm                    
Skiing and riding all day | Snowshoe Mountain

10am                                  
Snowshoe Mountain War Fighters Color Guard | Silver Creek

11am                                     
Adaptive Team Slalom Ski Race | Silver Creek   
               
4pm-6pm                  
Zip Line Bomb Run Prize Challenge | Village

7 – 10pm                 
Live in Concert: Uncle Kracker w/ special guests | Plaza

9-11pm                                   
Military March Late Night Happy Hour | Village 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

7-10pm                                   
Storm the Buffet Breakfast | The Junction @ Snowshoe

8am-4pm                  
Expo & Sponsor Exhibits | Big Top

9am-4pm                    
Skiing and riding all day | Snowshoe Mountain

Weekend VIP packages start at $194 per person, including 2 nights lodging, 2-day lift tickets; and tickets to all concerts, comedy performances and events. Tickets to the Uncle Kracker concert are priced separately at $25, and may be purchased at a discount with lift tickets at www.snowshoemtn.com, in advance via phone at 877-441-4386, or day-of at the Snowshoe Mountain ticket office.

For more details about the Military Weekend, visit www.snowshoemtn.com or call 877-441-4386.

About Snowshoe Mountain Resort                                                                                                                 

Snowshoe Mountain is the perfect year round destination for adventure filled vacations in West Virginia. Snowshoe covers a total area of 11,000 acres in the Appalachian Mountain Range, and includes the second highest point in the state at 4,848’ elevation. Snowshoe was named #1 Overall Ski Resort and #1 for Nightlife in the Southeast by OnTheSnow.com in 2012. In addition to terrific outdoor winter recreation, Snowshoe offers extensive lodging options, fully developed mountain biking trails, a popular golf course designed by Gary Player, wedding and convention areas, and a wide variety of summer outdoor activities. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is part of the family of Intrawest Resorts.        

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Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.