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Beav’ plans Jimmie Heuga Memorial Vintage Ski Race

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Aspen Times fileHard on his edges, Jimmie Heuga takes a trip around the poles in 1967. He won the Roch Cup that year, adding to his Olympic bronze medal in slalom three years earlier in Innsbruck.

VAIL VALLEY – Beaver Creek Resort will hold the first annual Jimmie Heuga Memorial Vintage Ski Race from noon to 2 p.m. on Satuday. The race will honor the memory of Olympic medalist and former Vail Valley resident Jimmie Heuga, who died earlier this year.

Guests are encouraged to dress in vintage wool skiing attire from any era and use old wood or metal skis to compete for top honors on the Hay Meadow race course. which will be a throwback to the 1940s complete with canvas competitor bibs, hand-painted banners, natural bamboo gates, an old fashioned scoreboard and more. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume as well as top honors in several racing categories.

The race course will start at the top of the Buckaroo Gondola and end near the base of the Centennial Express Lift. Racers can register by calling the Colorado Ski Museum at 970-476-1876, emailing, or visiting The race fee is $25 for adults and $10 for youth 13 and younger and includes a custom event pin. On the day of the event, there will be an additional $5 race registration fee. The race is limited to the first 100 participants.

The Jimmie Heuga Memorial Vintage Ski Race will recognize winners in four categories including: Adult-Wood, Adult-Metal, Youth-Wood, and Youth-Metal. Prizes include an Epic Pass for the first place finisher in each category, antique ski and winter sportswear provided by, gift certificates, and historical Beaver Creek books.

There will be a post-race party and awards near the finish from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. complete with food and drink specials. An oom-pah band will also entertain the crowd.

The Jimmie Heuga Memorial Vintage Ski Race will become an annual spring event at Beaver Creek. As a ski racer representing the United States, Heuga took home Olympic bronze in the slalom at the 1964 Games. Later he was recruited to compete for the University of Colorado ski team. In 1970 Jimmie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and in 1984 he founded the Jimmie Heuga Center in Edwards to help those suffering from MS pursue an active lifestyle while living with the disease.

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