Strength in Support brings vets out to experience Bear Mountain

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Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 3.17.33 PMStrength in Support, a non-profit that seeks to provide veterans with resources, mentorship, support & events, is heading to Bear Mountain Thursday, February 27, 2014. The workshop is for, and led by, veterans, a relaxing and healing day on the slopes.

For more info, check out the press release from Bear Mountain, below:

(Big Bear Lake, Calif. – February 25, 2014) – This Thursday, February 27, the Southern California-based nonprofit Strength in Support (SIS) will head to Bear Mountain for a one-of-a-kind snowboarding workshop designed to help veterans overcome challenges resulting from years of service and sacrifice.

Strength in Support was founded in 2013, and provides mental health services, including counseling, mentorship and workshops to active military, veterans and their families.

“We’re so happy that Strength in Support is hosting their workshop at Bear Mountain,” said Chris Riddle, Vice President of Marketing for Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR). “We want to say thank you to our military service members, and welcoming groups like Strength in Support is one way we can do that.”

The snowboarding workshop is not only for veterans, but is also led by veterans. This “vet-to-vet” experience will allow participants to interact in a fun and relaxed setting, while receiving encouragement from one another to break down isolation issues and foster healthy and supportive relationships.

“Our recreational snowboarding workshop is being offered for the first time ever thanks to SIS’ board, donors and volunteers, as well as Big Bear Mountain Resorts,” said Jill Boultinghouse, Board Vice President of Strength in Support. “Our vets are looking forward to a fun and healing day on the slopes. We need more organizations like BBMR that are supportive of our veterans, and can help make these types of events a reality.”

Strength in Support is one of dozens of military groups that BBMR has welcomed this season. In addition, BBMR hosts a number of Uniform Days throughout the year. On these special days, all active duty military, firefighters, EMS and police officers can take their identification to any Snow Summit or Bear Mountain ticket window to receive $38 lift tickets. “It’s just one more way we can salute those who serve,” says Riddle. The remaining Uniform Days for the 2013-14 season are March 5-6 and April 2-3.

For more information on Uniform Days, visit BBMR’s discounts and specials page. For further information on Strength and Support’s mission and workshop programs, including the Snowboarding Recreational Workshop, please visit the official Strength in Support website.