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Vertical Express for Can Do MS
    Event Locations
    Vertical Express for Can Do MS Events Crystal Mountain, WA Schweitzer Mountain Resort, ID Squaw Valley USA, CA Vail, CO
    Vertical Express for Can Do MS

    Thanks for all the assistance during these two months. For the good work you do, thanks so much! Can Do MS touched so many lives. Thank you for the spirit you ignite in Matthew's life.

    Ron, CAN DO Program Alumni & Vertical Express for Can Do MS participant

    Event History

    Can Do MS’s roots run deep in the skiing world. Our founder, Jimmie Heuga, was the youngest American to make the US Ski Team at age 15, and one of the first two Americans to win an Olympic medal in Slalom in 1964. Shortly thereafter, Jimmie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). While the MS community in the 1970s advocated for a more careful, sedentary lifestyle, Jimmie felt otherwise.

    In May of 1985, the tight-knit ski community rallied around Jimmie for the first annual Snow Express for MS, in Alyeska, Alaska. Ten Olympians, including Jean Claude Killy, Phil and Steve Mahre, Billy Kidd, Stein Eriksen and Bernhard Russi broke records, skiing one million vertical feet in 24 hours. The Snow Express for MS raised the seed money for, the now, Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit and leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs for people living with MS and their support partners.

    Since 1985, Vertical Express for Can Do MS has grown, opening up to the public and anyone whose life has been touched by MS. The event has raised over $11 million in its 31-year history. We look forward to making the 2016 Vertical Express the most successful yet!


    PO Box 5860 Avon, CO 81620 Phone: 970-926-1290 or 800-367-3101 Fax: 970-926-1295 Email:
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    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™ is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
    Charitable Organization Number: 74-2337853

    Formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis | Founded by Jimmie Heuga

    A national nonprofit organization, Can Do MS is a leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs
    that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life.

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