Join the Jimmie Heuga Express and fundraise to benefit Can Do Multiple Sclerosis.

Schweitzer, ID. (March 1, 2018) – SKI for MS, a day-long community fundraising ski event benefiting families with multiple sclerosis (MS), will hit the slopes of Schweitzer Mountain on March 17, 2018. The last of six stops in a nationwide event series, the SKI for MS Schweitzer event benefits Can Do MS, a national nonprofit organization that transforms lives by delivering health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management, and motivation to help families thrive.

“My brothers and I have been involved with SKI for MS for many years,” said Blaze Heuga, Can Do MS board member and son of founder, Jimmie Heuga. “This event helps keep my dad’s legacy alive in helping those with MS. All the money we raise goes directly to scholarships for students to attend our life-changing programs, regardless of financial ability.”

SKI for MS is a family-friendly event that includes amateur ski races, a mountain challenge, and a St. Patrick’s Day themed après party. New this year, Olympic cyclist Tyler Hamilton will be joining SKI for MS Schweitzer to ski, race, provide tips, and speak at the après party. Individuals can register for only $25 at mscando.org/Schweitzer or call 1-888-Do-It-4-MS.

Fundraisers are encouraged to create a team with their friends and family and fundraise to win a variety of exciting prizes. Individuals who raise $150 or teams who raise $450 are VIPs and will receive a one-day lift ticket, access to the awards party dinner, and complimentary beverages.

The SKI for MS Schweitzer Mountain event schedule is listed below.

Friday, March 16

5:30-8:30 p.m.
Registration Party 
(Alpine Motors in Ponderary, ID)

Saturday, March 17

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Registration and Packet Pickup
Caribou Room

9:30 a.m.
Pre-Race Meeting
Caribou Room

9:45 a.m.
Group Photo and First Chair With Tyler Hamilton
The Clocktower

10-11 a.m.
Amateur Ski Race 
Nastar Course

12:45 p.m.
Mountain Challenge Check-In 
Meet at the Clocktower

1-3 p.m.
Mountain Challenge
Great Escape Quad to the Top

4-7:30 p.m.
Celebration Award Banquet With Live and Silent Auctions
Includes Dinner and a St. Patrick’s Day Theme
Caribou Room 

7:30 p.m.
Sam Adams Air Show and Après 
Features world class athletes and big air tricks

8 p.m.
After Party 
Taps Lounge

Over the course of its 33-year history, the SKI for MS series has raised more than $11 million to provide free educational programs for those with MS and their families to help them thrive. The more funds that are raised at this event, the more people Can Do MS will be able to serve. In 2018, Can Do MS aims to double its number of programs for people living with MS. This event series will make that a reality.

Can Do MS honors the legacy and beliefs of founder and Olympic ski racing medalist Jimmie Heuga, a pioneer in the MS care management field, who was diagnosed with MS at the height of his skiing career and later went on to revolutionize the way MS is managed today.

The SKI for MS series is supported by presenting sponsor Sanofi Genzyme and national sponsors Genentech, Biogen, Antlers at Vail and Swany America. Local sponsors include Alpine Motors, Evergreen Realty, John and Marybeth Dixon, Alex and Lara Wohllaib, and Schweitzer Mountain Resorts.

About Can Do MS 

A national nonprofit organization based in Avon, Colo., Can Do MS transforms lives by delivering health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management, and motivation to help families thrive. For more information, visit the organization’s website at mscando.org or call 970-926-1290.

About SKI for MS

SKI for MS began when Can Do MS founder Jimmie Heuga organized the first Snow Express for MS in Alyeska, AK. Original participants included fellow world-class skiers Jean Claude Killy, Phil and Steve Mahre, Billy Kidd, Stein Eriksen, and Bernhard Russi, who together broke records when they skied one million vertical feet in 24 hours. This event raised the seed money needed to start Can Do MS and it continues to be an important fundraiser for the organization.

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