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Schriever experiences blizzard of fun at SnoFest

A team from Schriever speeds through the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest cardboard derby Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. The cardboard derby is one of the most popular SnoFest events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

A team from Schriever speeds through the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest cardboard derby Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. The cardboard derby is one of the most popular SnoFest events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Team Schriever's Bart Hughes races down the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest skiing competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. Service members and families from Schriever, Peterson, Buckley, F.E. Warren, Offut Air Force Bases, U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and other smaller groups from all over the country participated in the festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Team Schriever's Bart Hughes races down the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest skiing competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. Service members and families from Schriever, Peterson, Buckley, F.E. Warren, Offut Air Force Bases, U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and other smaller groups from all over the country participated in the festivities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

A participant races down the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest skiing competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. SnoFest is an annual event hosted by Colorado front range military bases and installations at Keystone Resort, providing participants with world-class skiing and snowboarding, along with fabulous lodging, parties, giveaways, races, a hilarious cardboard derby, sleigh rides, tubing, ice-skating, non-skier excursions and more, all at heavily discounted prices for the military community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

A participant races down the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest skiing competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. SnoFest is an annual event hosted by Colorado front range military bases and installations at Keystone Resort, providing participants with world-class skiing and snowboarding, along with fabulous lodging, parties, giveaways, races, a hilarious cardboard derby, sleigh rides, tubing, ice-skating, non-skier excursions and more, all at heavily discounted prices for the military community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Participants wait before the 24th annual SnoFest snowboard competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. SnoFest is an annual event hosted by Colorado front range military bases and installations at Keystone Resort, providing participants with world-class skiing and snowboarding, along with fabulous lodging, parties, giveaways, races, a hilarious cardboard derby, sleigh rides, tubing, ice-skating, non-skier excursions and more, all at heavily discounted prices for the military community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Participants wait before the 24th annual SnoFest snowboard competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. SnoFest is an annual event hosted by Colorado front range military bases and installations at Keystone Resort, providing participants with world-class skiing and snowboarding, along with fabulous lodging, parties, giveaways, races, a hilarious cardboard derby, sleigh rides, tubing, ice-skating, non-skier excursions and more, all at heavily discounted prices for the military community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Participants wait before the 24th annual SnoFest snowboard competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. SnoFest is open to all active duty, retired military, DOD employees, defense contractors, USAFA cadets and prep school students, Reservists, National Guard, and eligible family members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Participants wait before the 24th annual SnoFest snowboard competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. SnoFest is open to all active duty, retired military, DOD employees, defense contractors, USAFA cadets and prep school students, Reservists, National Guard, and eligible family members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

A participants blazes through the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest snowboard competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. SnoFest is open to all active duty, retired military, DOD employees, defense contractors, USAFA cadets and prep school students, Reservists, National Guard, and eligible family members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

A participants blazes through the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest snowboard competition Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. SnoFest is open to all active duty, retired military, DOD employees, defense contractors, USAFA cadets and prep school students, Reservists, National Guard, and eligible family members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Service members and their families cheer during the during the 24th annual SnoFest cardboard derby Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. The cardboard derby is one of the most popular SnoFest events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Service members and their families cheer during the during the 24th annual SnoFest cardboard derby Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. The cardboard derby is one of the most popular SnoFest events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

A minion speeds through the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest cardboard derby Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. The cardboard derby is one of the most popular SnoFest events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

A minion speeds through the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest cardboard derby Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. The cardboard derby is one of the most popular SnoFest events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Team Super Bowl XLVIII's Alexander and Zachary Crossley speed through the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest cardboard derby Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. The cardboard derby is one of the most popular SnoFest events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes

Team Super Bowl XLVIII's Alexander and Zachary Crossley speed through the slopes during the 24th annual SnoFest cardboard derby Jan. 25, 2013, at Keystone, Colo. The cardboard derby is one of the most popular SnoFest events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes

KEYSTONE, Colo. -- Airmen from Schriever Air Force Base showed their true form in snow as they participated in the 24th Annual SnoFest Jan. 24-26 at Keystone Resort, Colo.

SnoFest provides participants from Schriever, Peterson, Buckley, F.E. Warren, Offut Air Force Bases, U.S. Air Force Academy, Fort Carson, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and other smaller groups from all over the country, with world-class skiing and snowboarding.

"The event isn't just about skiing and snowboarding but it also includes some amazing non-skier activities, such as tubing, snow shoeing, parties, and one of my personal favorites- the cardboard derby," said Steven Sarandos, 50th Force Support Squadron, commercial sponsorship coordinator. "It is a chance for military members, and their families, to get out and enjoy the beauty and fun that Colorado has to offer."

Sarandos said the event provided an opportunity for team and morale building as well as interaction with members of other bases that they otherwise wouldn't experience.

"The team building and networking opportunities SnoFest provides is one of the main attractions for SnoFest," he said. "I believe most of the wing, group and squadron leadership here at Schriever were in attendance for at least one day out at Keystone."

Though this is Sarandos' second year working at SnoFest, he said it was an "absolute blast" to be a part of the planning committee.

"It is extremely rewarding to see all of the hard work that the SnoFest committee puts into the event pay off," he said. "When you see families out and about enjoying their time on the slopes, dancing the night away at a party, or you have a fellow Airmen from Schriever tell me how much fun they are having. That makes it all worth it."

One of the Airmen who enjoyed their SnoFest experience was Capt. Amanda Streetman, 50th Space Wing Staff Judge Advocate.

"It was incredibly fun and a great value for all Airmen," Streetman she said. "It was fun seeing our commanders and co-workers in a more relaxed environment as well as a chance to try some new things. Keystone was beautiful and the resort was extremely easy to get around. Everyone was super nice, it was nice seeing or meeting everyone's families and seeing their children. It was also fun to see some of the more creative and competitive sides."

She said among the SnoFest events, her most favorite part was the cardboard derby.

"Some of the costumes and 'sleds' were so creative," Streetman said. "You could tell that a bunch of time and thought went into making them. Everyone showed up, and was really into it. Lots of pride was on display. The camaraderie of cheering on your respective bases, and high-fiving all the kids was pretty awesome."

For Staff Sgt. Brandon Price, 11th Space Warning Squadron, the SnoFest event was also an opportunity for him and his wife, Bonnie, to celebrate a significant time in their lives.

"It was our 10th wedding anniversary; we thought we could celebrate it at SnoFest," Price said. "It was a great way for us to get out and enjoy ourselves."

Though the 2014 SnoFest just concluded, plans are already on their way for 2015.

"I can't wait to see what my fellow committee members have in store for the 25th annual celebration next year," Sarandos said. "SnoFest is possible because of the committee and due in large part to our amazing sponsors. Some of them have been sponsoring SnoFest for more than 10 years, and each year our brand continues to grow."

For more information about the SnoFest, visit http://www.mysnofest.com/
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