Organizers set dates for Angel Fire Military Winterfest 2018

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Angel Fire's fourth annual Military Winterfest will be a Rocky Mountain celebration for veterans, working military and their families Feb. 22-26, 2018, featuring skiing, snowboarding, tubing and a family expo.

Dana Bowman, a retired U.S. Army Golden Knight and double amputee, will again dazzle audiences with his American flag jump Feb. 24. Skydiving from an airplane, he'll make a precision landing onto the base of Angel Fire Resort's ski mountain. Bowman lost both legs in a parachuting accident and now has two custom prosthetic limbs.

The 2017 Winterfest attracted more than 600 veterans, active military and their families in 2017, showcasing Angel Fire Resort's 10,677-foot mountain with 80 runs, three terrain parks, 30 acres of gladed tree runs and nighttime skiing. The festival features discounts; ski and snowboard lessons for vets, taught by vets; interservice fun races and more. Other highlights include a family-friendly "Celebratory Dinner," daily "Twilight Colors Retirement Parades," an opening ceremony blessing and a meet-and-greet social.

Active duty, National Guard, reserve, veterans, veterans certified 100 percent disabled, dependent families and Gold Star families are eligible to participate, but need a valid identification card or other proof of service.

For more information, registration, lodging and sponsorship information, see MilitaryWinterfest.com, mwf2018.eventbrite.com and on Facebook at Facebook.com/MilitaryWinterfest. Also, call (575) 377-5236. For snow reports, call (575) 377-4222.

Key partners in Military Winterfest 2018 are the National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center of Angel Fire (event host and organizer) and the Angel Fire Resort (five-star corporate sponsor). The event is funded in part by the village of Angel Fire lodgers tax.

Military Winterfest 2018 directly supports 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."

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