SKI for MS Vail
In 1964 Jimmie Heuga won the bronze medal in slalom at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Along with Billy Kid, Heuga became the first American men to earn Olympic medals for Alpine Skiing.
In 1967, Heuga began suffering from symptoms that would later be diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In 1970, at age 26, he was officially diagnosed with MS. In 1984, his diagnoisis prompted him to found The Jimmie Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, now Can Do MS. His goals were to challenge the conventional medical advice of the time and share his beliefs of physical activity, goal-setting, and personal motivation.
To honor Heuga’s memory, each year various SKI for MS events take place around the country.
This year’s SKI for MS Vail takes place on Saturday, February 24. SKI for MS is a community fundraiser bringing people together at mountains and around the country for a day of skiing. All SKI for MS fundraising supports scholarships and enables hundreds of families affected by MS each year to attend life-changing programs by MS Can Do. The goal of SKI for MS Vail is to raise $43,000. Olympic cyclist, Tyler Hamilton will join the event to ski, race, and speak at the apres party.
8:00 – 10:00 am: Registration | Base of Gondola One
1:00 – 2:30 pm: Amature Ski Race | Black Forest EpicMix Race Course
2:45 pm: Jimmie Heuga Memorial Ski Down | Bottom of Black Forest EpicMix Race Course
3:00 – 5:00 pm: Apres Ski Awards Party and Raffle | Mountain Plaza
To register or donate, click here.
To view other locations for SKI for MS, click here.