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Vertical Express event returns to Vail this weekend

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VAIL — Can Do MS’s annual skiing extravaganza known as Vertical Express is returning to Vail this weekend. Skiers and riders can join together and participate in a variety of family-friendly, on-snow events to support Can Do MS’s lifestyle empowerment programs. The Vertical Express Vail event will take place on Vail Mountain on Saturday. The Vail event is just one of five Vertical Express events being hosted at ski resorts across North America this season.

Skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to explore the entire mountain, participate in on-snow challenges and ski racing fans can test their speed at the Epic Mix Race Course. The event raises funds for Can Do MS, a locally based nonprofit and innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that help families living with MS. Since its inception in 1985, Vertical Express for Can Do MS has raised more than $11 million and Can Do MS hopes to raise $50,000 at this year’s Vail event.

Help Support MS Community

“Vertical Express is an event that truly ties fun together with the support and empowerment of our MS community,” said Heidi A. Heltzel, president and CEO of Can Do MS. “We’re thrilled to have five awesome resorts hosting the series this year, and to announce exciting upgrades and additions, such as more opportunities for adaptive ski experiences and easier to use online registration and fundraising tools to earn awesome new prizes. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great way to support a local nonprofit.”

“It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great way to support a local nonprofit.”Heidi A. HeltzelPresident, CEO of Can Do MS

Event registration is $25 and includes a swag bag, all on-mountain activities and an apres ski party (lift ticket not included). Because Can Do MS offers free programs, the more funds that are raised at this event, the more people the nonprofit will be able to serve. This year, Can Do MS has partnered with Liberty Skis to offer the top individual fundraiser a brand new pair of skis of their choice. All participants also have the opportunity to raise additional funds and will receive $100 off a new pair of skis from Liberty Skis. Also, the top overall fundraiser will receive a free trip to Vail for two during the 2015-2016 ski season. This prize includes three-nights lodging for two, round trip ground transportation to and from Denver International Airport (airfare not included), two two-day lift tickets and two restaurant gift certificates.

For more information on Vail or to register for any of the Vertical Express events, visit http://www.mscando.org/verticalexpress.