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Schriever Sentinel

Skies clear, sun shines for SnoFest 2009

(U.S. Air Force photo/Stacy Foster) Col. Cary Chun and his son Ian take a break from snowboarding to pose for a photo here Jan. 30. Military members, family and friends converged on the resort for three days of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. Colonel Chun is the 50th Space Wing commander at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

(U.S. Air Force photo/Stacy Foster) Col. Cary Chun and his son Ian take a break from snowboarding to pose for a photo here Jan. 30. Military members, family and friends converged on the resort for three days of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. Colonel Chun is the 50th Space Wing commander at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

KEYSTONE, Colo.  –  More than 3,500 military members and their families made their way to Keystone, Colo., for the 19th annual SnoFest weekend, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.

SnoFest, an annual winter sports weekend hosted by Fort Carson, the Air Force Academy and Peterson, Buckley, Schriever and F.E. Warren Air Force Bases, offered military members a chance to enjoy three days of skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more.

Master Sgt. Jennifer Maynard, 50th Space Wing command section superintendent, said this was her first time visiting Keystone for SnoFest.

“Our family had a great time at SnoFest,” said Sergeant Maynard, 50th Space Wing command section superintendent. “The crowds weren’t too bad the first day so we spent most of it skiing.”

After a day of skiing, Sergeant Maynard took her family to a SnoFest party to enjoy food, live music and dancing.

The party’s theme was “Ready to Rumble,” and attendees were encouraged to dress in their favorite sports team colors.

The next day, SnoFest became more crowded as it was the first full day of activities.

There were skiing and snowboarding races, tubing and more as the mountain was swarmed with people.

Several Air Force bases in the surrounding area provided a hospitality tent, where attendees could get refreshments and relax between trips up the mountain.

On the final day, there were no planned activities as families were encouraged to just relax and spend the day together.

For Tech Sgt. Gabriel Moreno, Airman and Family Readiness NCO, whose wife was TDY at the time, it was a perfect opportunity to get his children outdoors for some fun in the snow.

“The kids loved it, some were up and down the slope, while others decided to stick with other sports,” Sergeant Moreno said. “But overall, it was an enjoyable stay and we can’t wait to go back next year.”

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