Breckenridge lends hand to rider with brain injury |

Breckenridge lends hand to rider with brain injury

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Ski Resort announced Friday that it will donate $4,500 to Kevin Pearce, a champion snowboarder and Olympic hopeful from Vermont who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

The resort raised the funds at the annual Matt Wyffels Rail Jam on Saturday, April 10. Wyffels, a former competitive snowboarder, was paralyzed eight years ago. Since his paralysis, he has learned to walk and snowboard again, despite his doctors’ prognosis that he never would. Wyffels and Breckenridge Ski Resort donated 100% of the registration fees, plus cover and drink specials raised from the after-party following the rail jam.

“I am just happy to be a part of this,” Wyffels said, after being thanked for his effort toward Pearce’s recovery. “I don’t think there is much reason to thank me.”

For more information on Pearce’s injury and rehabilitation, visit


This weekend is Breckenridge’s last hurrah of the 2009-2010 season. The best of the best put their bodies to the test in the 14th annual Imperial Challenge on Saturday, April 17. Competitors will bike to the base of Peak 8, ascend to the top of the Imperial Bowl and ski an exhausting run back down to the base.

Breckenridge’s free end-of-season blowout concert will take place in town at the Riverwalk Center on Saturday, April 17. Admission is first-come, first-served, based on available space. The opening band, The Rouge, starts at 4 p.m., followed by a performance from The Bravery.

– Daily News staff report

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