Vail Hosts Pink Vail, a Ski Event to Benefit Cancer Fighters and Survivors
Following a successful inaugural event last year, Pink Vail returns to Vail Mountain for another ski day to conquer cancer. On March 9, 2013, skiing and riding participants decked out in pink will flock to Vail with their pledges and sponsorships to ski Vail Mountain for the one-day event. They may join as individuals or as members of a team. This is the perfect event for skiers and riders who want to support the fight against cancer. It’s billed as “The World’s Largest Ski Day to Conquer Cancer.”
Participants can ski/ride the mountain on their own or sign up for Checkpoint Challenge, a fun way to explore the mountain while finding five famous on-mountain decks and earning prizes. Official activities begin at 4 p.m. with a guided “Celebration Ski Down” from Eagles Nest to the Lionshead base area. Apres-ski festivities continue into the evening in Arrabelle Square with a Pink Apres Party, awards ceremony and free concert with Charlies Mars.
“Last year’s inaugural Pink Vail event totally exceeded our expectations,” said Michael Holton, marketing director for the Vail Valley Medical Center and Pink Vail event producer. “We hosted over 700 skiers and riders and raised nearly $200,000. We hope to beat our own record this year and encourage skiers and riders from across the state, and the country, to join us in support of cancer fighters and survivors everywhere.”
Proceeds from Pink Vail benefit the “Spirit of Survival” program at Shaw Regional Cancer Center in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This new program includes a variety of fitness and wellness classes, nutrition coaching, peer support and emotional counseling, a number of First Descents camp sponsorships and holistic healing options. Shaw treats patients from across the U.S. who are looking for individualized care in a unique healing environment.
The color pink was chosen in the name when the event started as a fundraiser to support breast cancer. But now it benefits all cancers and anyone with a connection to the disease.
To register or for more information about Pink Vail, visit www.pinkvail.com. There are no age limits or ability requirements to participate. The minimum pledge amount needed is $25. A Vail Mountain ski pass or lift ticket is required for mountain access.