VAIL — On April 5, Vail Mountain will become a sea of pink when everyday skiers and snowboarders gather in Vail for the return of a one-day event to raise awareness and funds to support those fighting cancer. Pink Vail has proven one of the most fun and colorful ski days of the year, including live music, pink costumes and more.
Pink Vail is a participation-based fundraising event similar to a run or walk to support cancer. Participants receive pledges to ski Vail Mountain during the one-day event. Skiers and riders may participate as individuals or as members of a team, and registration and fundraising efforts are tracked through the website www.pinkvail.com.
“Pink Vail is a true celebration of our united fight against cancer. We rarely get to ski for a cause, and this day not only raises money but also celebrates the courage and strength it takes to fight cancer,” said Peggy Carey, vice president of Shaw Regional Cancer Center. “In 2013, we hosted over 1,300 skiers and riders and raised over $330,000, nearly double from our inaugural year. We hope to have even more skiers and riders from across the state and country to join us in support of cancer fighters and survivors everywhere.”
On April 5, participants will meet at Vail Mountain’s Lionshead base area where the event is headquartered. They may choose to explore Vail Mountain on their own, or they can participate in the Checkpoint Challenge, which involves finding five famous Vail Mountain decks and earning prizes along the way. The day on Vail Mountain concludes with the “Celebration Ski Down.” The ski down ends in the Lionshead base area with a toast, and the festivities continue into the evening in Arrabelle Square with a Pink Apres Party, awards ceremony and free concert.
“In just its first two years, Pink Vail has become one of the best, most fun events of the year on Vail Mountain,” said Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail Mountain. “Everyone should plan to come out to join a great event for an even better cause!”
Proceeds from Pink Vail benefit the “Spirit of Survival” program at Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards. This new program includes a variety of free fitness and wellness classes, nutrition coaching, peer support and emotional counseling, a number of First Descents camp sponsorships and holistic healing options.
Registration will open Dec. 1 on www.pinkvail.com. There are no age limits or ability requirements. The minimum pledge amount needed to register for the event is $25 and a ski pass or lift ticket is required. Lodging specials will be available.