Join the Jimmie Heuga Express and fundraise to benefit Can Do Multiple Sclerosis.

Avon, Colo. (January 22, 2018) – SKI for MS, a day-long community fundraising ski event benefiting families with multiple sclerosis (MS), will hit the slopes of Vail Mountain on February 24, 2018. One of six stops in a nationwide event series, the SKI for MS Vail event benefits Can Do MS, a national nonprofit organization that transforms lives by delivering health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management, and motivation to help families thrive.

“My brothers and I have been involved with SKI for MS for many years,” said Blaze Heuga, Can Do MS board member and son of founder, Jimmie Heuga. “This event helps keep my dad’s legacy alive in helping those with MS. All the money we raise goes directly to scholarships for students to attend our life-changing programs, regardless of financial ability.”

SKI for MS is a family-friendly event that includes amateur ski races, the Jimmie Heuga memorial ski down honoring Can Do MS founder, and an après party. New this year, Olympic cyclist Tyler Hamilton will be joining SKI for MS Vail to ski, race, provide tips, and speak at the après party. Individuals can register for only $25 at mscando.org/Vail or call 1-888-Do-It-4-MS.

Fundraisers are encouraged to create a team with their friends and family and fundraise to win a variety of exciting prizes.

The SKI for MS Vail Mountain event schedule is listed below.

Saturday, February 24

8-10 a.m.                     
Registration at Base of Gondola One

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.         
Amateur Ski Race
EpicMix Race Course (Black Forest)

2:45 p.m. - 3 p.m.       
Jimmie Heuga Memorial Ski Down                                     
Meet at Base of EpicMix Race Course (Black Forest)

3-5 p.m.                       
Après Party, Raffle, and DJ                                     
Mountain Plaza Base of Gondola One

Over the course of its 33-year history, the SKI for MS series has raised more than $11 million to provide free educational programs for those with MS and their families to help them thrive. The more funds that are raised at this event, the more people Can Do MS will be able to serve. In 2018, Can Do MS aims to double its number of programs for people living with MS. This event series will make that a reality.

Can Do MS honors the legacy and beliefs of founder and Olympic ski racing medalist Jimmie Heuga, a pioneer in the MS care management field, who was diagnosed with MS at the height of his skiing career and later went on to revolutionize the way MS is managed today.

The SKI for MS series is supported by presenting sponsor Sanofi Genzyme and national sponsors Genentech, Antlers at Vail, and Swany America. Local sponsors include Vail Mountain, Town of Vail, US Bank, TV 8 Vail and Crazy Mountain Brewery.

About Can Do MS 

A national nonprofit organization based in Avon, Colo., Can Do MS transforms lives by delivering health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management, and motivation to help families thrive. For more information, visit the organization’s website at mscando.org or call 970-926-1290.

 About SKI for MS

SKI for MS began when Can Do MS founder Jimmie Heuga organized the first Snow Express for MS in Alyeska, AK. Original participants included fellow world-class skiers Jean Claude Killy, Phil and Steve Mahre, Billy Kidd, Stein Eriksen, and Bernhard Russi, who together broke records when they skied one million vertical feet in 24 hours. This event raised the seed money needed to start Can Do MS and it continues to be an important fundraiser for the organization.

 About Vail

Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities in preparation for the debut of Epic Discovery in 2016, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.

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