Catch of the Day - Veteran's Day Tribute
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JimK - DCSki Columnist
November 10, 2005
Member since 01/14/2004
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Here's my Veteran's Day tribute to skiing soldiers.

Joint winter operations, US and Japan ski troops: http://community.webshots.com/photo/96171093/96270168FGsTti
Hopefully, they fight better than they ski: http://community.webshots.com/photo/143270314/143271621tVSNUK
Back in the '60s and 70's I used to see many reserve and national guard troops train at Blue Knob, PA. For many troops those winter weekend drills were their first time on skis.
Interesting winter shot from US troops participating in UN peacekeeping action in Lebanon: http://community.webshots.com/photo/17275714/17275714aStCSAxUDP
Break time for Marines during cold weather ops in Norway: http://community.webshots.com/photo/474854848/474854848ScQgSK
Marines practicing ski maneuvers at Mammoth Mtn, CA, note swarm of recreational skiers on same trail: http://community.webshots.com/photo/60815137/60815787CchmFe
This one says it all, Happy Veteran's Day to all the skiing Vets out there: http://community.webshots.com/photo/462746136/462796784MppWoA

The US military, particularly the Army's 10th Mountain Div, had a very strong influence on the history of skiing in America. Founded during WWII and specializing in mountain and winter warfare, many of the 10th's initial group of enlistees were ski pioneers and woodsmen. They went on to start or manage 60+ ski areas (such as Vail, Aspen, Crystal Mtn, Sugarbush, Whiteface), ski magazines, and the National Ski Patrol. The 10th Mountain Division has seen action recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 10th Mountain Division today: http://community.webshots.com/photo/269867145/269867145vIJaGk

Here are a few links relating to the history of America's skiing soldiers:
http://www.sundanceresort.com/essay_american.htm
http://www.gogomagazine.com/0323/coverstory.html
http://www.tenthmountain.org/
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/10mtn.htm
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