Copper’s Snow Express raises $13,000 for MS |

Copper’s Snow Express raises $13,000 for MS

Special to the DailyKatiana Carestia prepares to race during the 19th Annual Snow Express for Multiple Sclerosis at Copper Mountain on Sunday. Carestia was the youngest racer.

COPPER MOUNTAIN ­ Snowflakes blew by the Snow Express racers as they tore down the slopes at Copper Mountain last weekend. The 19th annual Snow Express for MS attracted six teams of three racers each, and raised nearly $13,000 to benefit The Heuga Center, a nonprofit now celebrating 20 years of promoting health and creating hope for people with multiple sclerosis.

The teams were joined by 1968 Polish Olympian, Andre Wala, former competitor of The Heuga Center’s founder, Jimmie Heuga, who also attended last weekend’s events. Other Olympians who participated were Sandy Heldner, a 1968 Olympic teammate of Heuga, and Jeff Olsen, a 1988 and 1992 Olympic skier who also serves on the board of The Heuga Center.

The overall winner was Team Woop Woop – comprised of Bernice Kuca, Terry Kuca and Roberta Harty – which raised a combined total of $2,391, winning each team member a Columbia Champion Jacket.

Team Backcountry Bombadiers – Kaan Carestia, Anthony Carestia, and Katiana Carestia – took first in the mountain challenge race. The giant-slalom champions, Team Managers, blew away the competition. In its 19th year, the Snow Express has 12 races nationwide and is the largest source of funding for The Heuga Center.

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