Vertical Express for MS goes for world record
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County’s four ski areas – Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin – as well as nearby Loveland Ski Area will be part of a consolidated effort to set a world record for the largest on-snow fundraiser Saturday. The event will benefit the Heuga Center in Edwards, which provides education and wellness programs and research to multiple sclerosis sufferers across the world. One in 750 Americans are affected by the mysterious and unpredictable chronic disease, according to the Heuga Center.Saturday’s fundraiser is called the Vertical Express for MS, and this year marks the 20th anniversary. At all five local ski areas, a tent will be set up at the base from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to welcome participants and collect donations. Keystone’s will be at River Run, Copper’s at the Burning Stones Plaza, and Breck’s next to the Peak 8 ticket window.There is no consistency within on-mountain activities at the different resorts, but organizers hope participants will ski together and enjoy the day by promoting the Heuga Center’s “CAN DO” motto.Copper is holding a mountain-wide scavenger hunt, while seasoned local skier CJ Mueller – a former Olympian and speed skiing world record holder – will lead the charge at Breckenridge. All five local mountains have organized an aprés ski party (3:30-5:30 p.m.) to follow the day’s festivities. Breck’s will be at Fatty’s; Keystone and A-Basin’s will take place at Parrot Eyes; Copper’s will be at the Backcountry Brewery; and Loveland participants have their choice of the Backcountry Brewery or Parrot Eyes.Mueller, who has been involved with the Heuga Center for more than a decade, said he’ll be passing out ribbons to identify participants at Breck. A group photo of participants will take place at the Vista Haus on Peak 8 at 10:30 a.m.Mueller also pointed out that participation can take place on a number of levels. “Even giving a dollar, or five or 10,” he said, “will count toward the world record of the most participants in an on-snow fundraiser.”He added: “I know there’s a lot of locals who don’t ski on weekends, but if they’d like to stop by the aprés ski party and contribute, they’re welcome to.”Contributions of $100 or more include a lift ticket for the day, as well as coupons redeemable at the aprés ski parties.For more information, visit http://www.verticalexpress.org.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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