Heuga Express to come through Copper | SummitDaily.com

Heuga Express to come through Copper

COPPER MOUNTAIN -In 1964, Jimmie Heuga won a bronze medal in the Olympic slalom race in Innsbruck, Austria. He and Billy Kidd, who won silver, became the first two American men to finish top three in an Olympic or World Championship ski race.

Two years later, Heuga was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and although he is still struggling with the disease, he started the Jimmie Heuga Center to raise money for medical expenses and research for MS victims. The center benefits from events such as the Jimmie Heuga Snow Express, which takes place at 15 ski areas around Colorado throughout the winter, and stops at Copper Mountain Feb. 22.

“We call these “can do’ events, and many of the participants have MS or are affiliated with MS,” said Donna Horii, local Snow Express event director. “It helps people focus on what they still can do, and how to learn to live with (MS).”

The Snow Express features teams of three skiers, snowboarders, or a combination of the two, and includes an on-mountain scavenger hunt-poker game and a dual slalom race. Each team must raise $1,000.

The Snow Express events culminate in a final competition, which takes place in Vail April 9-13. Jimmie Heuga will be in attendance at that event.

A wine and cheese pre-party will kick off the Copper event Friday at the Ponderosa Room in the Copper conference center. Entry is $12 and includes wine, cheese and live bluegrass music.

Anyone interested in organizing, supporting or contributing to a team for the Copper Mountain Jimmie Heuga Snow Express should contact Donna Horii at (970) 389-2693.

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