Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Achieve Tahoe are hosting Make-A-Wish kid John Flores and his family for four days of fun in the snow this weekend. John, 16, is from Ontario, Calif., and has a neurological and gastrointestinal condition. A friend once brought some snow to John's house he was captivated by it. When Make-a-Wish volunteers asked John his wish, he said he wanted to go to the snow. His wish was brought to reality by Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire with assistance from Make-A-Wish Northeastern California & Northern Nevada. 

John and his family kicked off a four-day stay at The Village at Squaw Valley with s'mores and shopping. He started the day Friday with a message from his favorite athlete, retired NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, and then embarked onto the snow with an adaptive ski lesson with Achieve Tahoe at Alpine Meadows. After that, John had a chance to meet with the Alpine Meadows Rescue Dog team. Later, John will embark on a sunrise snowcat tour of Squaw Valley, followed by a second outing with Achieve Tahoe at Alpine Meadows. They also will make a trip up to High Camp at Squaw Valley to check out the Olympic Museum and take in views of Lake Tahoe.

Achieve Tahoe is a nonprofit organization that provides specialized sports instruction for children and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual challenges.

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