Monarch hosts Fort Carson Day
February 17, 2010
MONARCH MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, Colo. - As the sun rose above the Rocky Mountain peaks, three buses full of Mountain Post Soldiers and Families weaved their way through the serpentine mountain passes of Colorado Jan. 15.
Some passengers slept, trying to gain a few more minutes of rest before a tiring day, while others watched the rugged terrain in anticipation of the rush of sweeping down the mountainside on skis and snowboards.
The travelers' arrived at their destination, Fort Carson Day, a directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program-sponsored event held at Monarch Mountain Ski Resort providing an exciting and inexpensive opportunity for Soldiers and Families to have fun on the slopes.
Eric Ramsey, marketing coordinator for Monarch Mountain, said the resort hopes to host more Fort Carson and military days in the future.
"With the huge military presence at our back door, it is our pleasure to have days like today," he said. "We are very proud of our military and having military discounts is our way of showing our appreciation to the men and women who protect this country."
By noon, many of the group found the trip had surpassed their expectations.
"This trip is the most fun I have had in a long time," said Spc. Bradley Kelso, a medic assigned to Company B, 10th Combat Support Hospital. "This was a really good deal, the rentals and tickets were cheap and I am having a blast."
Kelso's battle buddy, Spc. Mike Cohen, also a medic with Company B, said the BOSS and DFMWR programs should sponsor more events like the ski trip.
"It is really cool; we got to come out for such a low price," he said. "If we had events like this every weekend, it would get single Soldiers out of the barracks and out of the bars and doing something different and exciting."
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Robert Oury, joint terminal attack controller, 13th Air Support Operations Squadron, stationed at Fort Carson in support of the 2nd and 4th Brigade Combat Teams, 4th Infantry Division, and 10th Special Forces Group, said he believes the BOSS program did a great job getting the word out to the Mountain Post community.
"A lot of us have never been to the mountains before," said Oury. "BOSS events like this are a great chance for us to see the Rockies."