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Squaw Valley offers free lift tickets to U.S. military personnel

For the fifth consecutive year Squaw Valley USA will offer free lift tickets to active U.S. military personnel as a means to honor their hard work and sacrifice.

Squaw Valley USA Founder Alex Cushing, who passed away last year, served in World War II as a Lieutenant Commander. His service in the U.S. Navy transpired into a strong, lifelong connection with the military, family members said recently in a press statement.

Squaw Valley Ski Corp Chairman and CEO Nancy Cushing is carrying on her husband’s vision and once again, active duty military can ski and snowboard for free at Squaw Valley USA, seven days a week during the 2007/2008 season.

Over the past four years, 49,000 active duty military participated in the program, saving them a collective $3 million, according to a press statement.

In response to the program, Squaw Valley USA has received hundreds of moving letters of thanks from military personnel. Those letters are poignant reminders of the hardship and loss rendered by the long and turbulent war, according to Squaw officials.

Nancy Cushing speaks on behalf of Squaw Valley Ski Corp in saying, “Thank you to the United States military. We salute your efforts at home and overseas.”

To receive a free lift ticket and rental equipment discount, members of the U.S. military must bring an active duty military ID to Special Tickets. In addition to free lift tickets, Squaw offers a discounted rate on ski and snowboard equipment rentals for active duty military. Normal blackout dates will apply including Dec. 22 – Jan. 6, 2008, Jan. 19-21, 2008 and Feb. 16-18, 2008.

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