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Ski 4 Yellow fundraising ramps up in Steamboat Springs

Participants get ready to start the challenges in the inaugural Ski 4 Yellow event in March 2011 at Steamboat Ski Area. Registration is open for this year’s event at www.ski4yellow.com.





Participants get ready to start the challenges in the inaugural Ski 4 Yellow event in March 2011 at Steamboat Ski Area. Registration is open for this year's event at http://www.ski4yellow.com.
Matt Stensland

— Ski 4 Yellow returns March 30 with an emphasis on keeping the money raised in the Yampa Valley for local cancer initiatives.

Ski 4 Yellow Chairwoman Liana Gregory said Friday that about 70 people are signed up to participate in the event and about $30,000 has been raised. People still can sign up to ski, and Gregory is hoping donations will reach $50,000.

"The first $50,000 we raise stays here," Gregory said.

During the first two years of Ski 4 Yellow, the money had been split between local cancer causes and Livestrong. By keeping more money here, organizers were hoping to increase participation and donations.

"I imagine we'll hit the $50,000 mark," Gregory said.

People can donate to participants’ fundraising tallies at http://www.ski4yellow.com/donate.

The Ski 4 Yellow event pairs teams of participants with about 20 Olympians for a day of fun at Steamboat Ski Area. The cost to register for the event is $50, and participants must commit to raising at least $250 for cancer initiatives. For those who want to participate but do not have a ski pass, a lift ticket can be purchased for $45 during the registration process. More information is at http://www.ski4yellow.com.

"It's always a lot of fun and a great event, and I'm really excited it's coming up next weekend," Gregory said.

The event kicks off this year with the Kick Cancer's Ass Party starting at 8:30 p.m. at Slopeside Grill. Gregory said that for a suggested donation of $10, people can get an entry into the raffle and a drink. Raffle prizes include gift certificates to local businesses and a summer stay at One Steamboat Place.

Through the Ski 4 Yellow and Ride 4 Yellow events, about $100,000 is granted annually to groups and organizations that provide cancer services. The benefactors from the 2012 events are expected to be announced soon.

The first Ride 4 Yellow event was in August 2010. It traditionally has involved a 26-mile mountain bike ride from Rabbit Ears Pass to the ski area along the Continental Divide Trail.

Steamboat resident Dave Nagel, who founded the 4 Yellow events, said organizers are reworking the ride this year. He said details about this year's event would be announced after Ski 4 Yellow.

"It's pretty cool that the community has come together and supported these events," Nagel said.

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