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Charles J. Sanders will discuss his book about the 10th Mountain Division " "The Boys of Winter: Life and Death in the U.S. Ski Troops During the Second World War" " at Donovan Pavilion Thursday.
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EAGLE COUNTY ” Ski passes will be restricted for Presidents’ Day Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

Merchant passes, teachers’ passes, value passes and Colorado passes are blocked because of the large crowds expected to fill the mountains this weekend.

Restricted-pass holders can ski or snowboard this weekend by purchasing a lift ticket at for $75. If skiers or snowboarders have their restricted passes scanned at a chairlift, their credit card will be charged $75.

For more information, call the Vail Activities Desk at 476-9090 or the Beaver Creek Information Center at 845-9090.

VAIL – Founded in the early 1960s by 10th Mountain Division veterans, Vail is only a short distance from Camp Hale, the training ground for thousands of young men entering World War II. They were among the first American troops to specialize in winter combat.

Author and 10th Mountain Division descendant Charles J. Sanders will discuss his recent publication, “The Boys of Winter: Life and Death in the U.S. Ski Troops During the Second World War” at Donovan Pavilion Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The third book on the 10th Mountain Division in World War II to be published in the last five years, “The Boys of Winter” focuses on the story of three young American ski champions and their transformation from athletes to infantrymen. None survived the war.

The narrative draws on dozens of interviews and research to trace these soldiers’ lives from childhood to championships and from training at Mount Rainier and in the Colorado Rockies to battles against the Nazis. C-SPAN2’s “Book TV” will be on hand to record the presentation and its ensuing discussion for airing at a later date.

Sanders is a music industry attorney and executive, as well as a professor at New York University. Thursday’s program is presented by the Vail Symposium, Vail Library and Verbatim Booksellers. Admission is free.

Vail, Colorado


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