Registration open for Pink Vail |

Registration open for Pink Vail

Weekly staff report
Pink Vail returns to Vail Mountain March 21.
Zach Mahone | Special to the Daily |

VAIL — Registration for Pink Vail is officially open. With all-day live music at Eagle’s Nest, themed deck parties, a costume contest and the Celebration Ski Down, March 21 is slated to be the most spirited Pink Vail yet.

Pink Vail is the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer. All ages and abilities are welcome, and you don’t have to ski to participate. Similar to a run or walk to support cancer, participants register at and invite friends, family and co-workers to join their team or make a donation on their behalf. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Pink Vail stay in the community, benefiting patient care and survivorship programs for all patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

“This event started as a breast cancer event since nearly half of the patients we treat at Shaw are breast cancer patients,” said Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “The first year was so successful that the proceeds now benefit all patients at Shaw — before, during and after treatment. We are blessed with a passionate, giving community and know that Pink Vail 2015 will be something to remember.”


New this year, Pink Vail will host live music all day at Eagle’s Nest. Playing the event for the second year will be bluegrass band Hardscrabble, opening its set at 9 a.m. The five-piece group is known for delivering a lively show for audiences of all ages. Next in the lineup is Kevin Heinz, a one-man-band singer-songwriter whose unique style involves looping vocals, guitars and percussion. Wrapping up the festivities will be Renegade Sons, a rock group that covers bands like Wilco, The Rolling Stones, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, The Beatles and others. The concerts are free to all Pink Vail participants, and foot passes are available to non-skier event registrants.

While the music plays on, participants can ski the Checkpoint Challenge and visit three famous Vail Mountain decks to be entered for a chance at amazing prizes. If you visit all three decks, then you’ll receive three entries. Each deck features a unique theme: Totally ’80s, Country Hoedown and Spring Break 2015 — as well as games, music and prizes.


The Pink Vail Costume Contest is another way to win great prizes. Awards will be given for best individual and group costumes, so now is the time to break out that pink cape, tutu or glittery spandex ski suit. There will also be a Most Spirited Team prize, so get your friends signed up early and make plans. Top fundraisers are also recognized. Prizes include Head skis, Weston snowboards, Helly Hansen gift cards, Maui Jim sunglasses, spa packages and more.

One of the most meaningful parts of the day is the Celebration Ski Down at 3:30 p.m. in which survivors, family, friends and those skiing in honor of a loved one will ski down Simba (renamed “Pink Vail Trail” for the day) as spectators cheer them into the base of Lionshead Village. The event culminates with food and drink specials at participating Lionshead Village restaurants and bars.

Pink Vail has raised over $1 million in its first three years, and the fundraising goal in 2015 is $500,000. Participants have ranged in age from 2 to 84 years old and come from all over the U.S. with donations coming from all 50 states and nearly a dozen countries. Pink Vail funds the Spirit of Survival program, which offers all cancer patients and survivors at Shaw Regional Cancer Center the opportunity to receive free exercise training, nutrition coaching, emotional support, outdoor adventures, a nurse navigator, massages, alternative treatments and more.

Support Local Journalism