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‘Skiing the High Himalayas’ at the Vilar Center for the Arts

Special to the Daily Mike Marolt, his twin brother, Steve, and crew were the first Americans to climb Mount Everest and ski down. The Vilar Center airs the film documenting their journey Tuesday. Ticket proceeds benefit the Heuga Center for multiple sclerosis in Edwards.

BEAVER CREEK ” Using no oxygen and no porters, Mike Marolt and his team climbed Mount Everest and then became the first Americans to ski down the infamous North Ridge.

Vilar Center for the Arts will screen “Skiing the High Himalayas,” a film documenting their journey, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with a wine reception sponsored by Opici Wines starting at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the $12 ticket benefit The Heuga Center for multiple sclerosis.

In 2000, the new millennium brought with it the opportunity for the first Western Hemisphere skiers to ski from above 8,000 meters. With a lifetime of experience, Mike and Steve Marolt, twin brothers from Aspen, along with their life-long friends, set out to accomplish this feat. In May 2000, the group skied from the central peak of Shishapangma in Tibet.

Then, in May 2003, the same group took a giant leap toward the ultimate high-altitude ski run, the North Face of Mount Everest. With ferocious wind, cold temperatures, combined with no Sherpa porters and supplemental oxygen, the team climbed the North Ridge of Everest and proceeded to ski it. Thus becoming the first Americans to ski on the peak.

“Natural Progression,” a film about Mike and brother Steve and and their climbing group through the progression that has taken them to some of the highest heights and most exotic ski runs of the world, is a bonus feature that will screen Tuesday. Mike will be on hand for a question-and-answer seminar.

Sponsors for the event are WestStar Bank, Lowa (maker of fine mountaineering boots) and The Dusty Boot, which will offer a free margarita when you present your ticket stub.

The presentation will benefit The Heuga Center’s programs for people and families living with multiple sclerosis. The Heuga Center is a national nonprofit based in Edwards. The $12 tickets are available at WestStar Banks in Eagle County, Avon Liquors and The Heuga Center in Edwards.

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