Military Sports

Each year, DSES challenges active duty and veteran athletes with disabilities on weeklong adaptive sport camps in and around Mammoth Lakes. Participants may bring a friend or family member to join them in these experiences as space permits.


Operation Mountain Freedom

Winter 2024 – January 21-26

A special opportunity for military participants to experience the exhilaration of adaptive snow sports including alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing in a supportive mountain community. 


Operation High Altitude 

Summer 2024 TBD: DSES invites military participants to camp for a week of summer fun. Taking advantage of water activities, cycling, mountain biking, and time around the campfire creates a memorable, inspiring week to reconnect and discover without the pressures of daily life.


Daily Lessons

Military personnel and veterans are encouraged to discover new sports and develop their skills all year long with DSES.

What is the Jack & Kathy Copeland Center at Fern Creek Lodge?

This facility has historically been identified as the National Wounded Warrior Center. We are honored to announce the new name, the Jack & Kathy Copeland Center at Fern Creek Lodge. Anchored in a spectacular world class environment for therapeutic outdoor experiences, the facility will serve as a space for thoughtful, self-improvement program offerings for military and service members with disabilities.

The name was selected by champions of the campaign, Ruth and Roger MacFarlane, who motivated a major donation from the Tambour Foundation. The facility name pays homage to the countless hours of work and love Jack and Kathy devoted to the creation of this facility for our great veterans and service members.