Ski 4 Yellow launches with Olympic visions |

Ski 4 Yellow launches with Olympic visions

Zach Fridell

— Local philanthropists will get the chance to ski and snowboard with Olympians and World Cup champions during the inaugural Ski 4 Yellow event scheduled for March 25 and 26.

The companion to Ride 4 Yellow, the summer's hugely successful mountain biking fundraiser for the Livestrong Foundation and local cancer-fighting efforts, Ski 4 Yellow also is geared toward raising money to battle the disease that affects millions of Americans every year.

Organizer Kerry Shea said the two-day event will include mountain challenges such as following routes across Mount Werner, scavenger hunts and races. Participants can register by themselves or in groups of as many as eight people. Each participant must pledge to raise at least $500, plus a $75 registration fee.

"A nice little twist to it is we're going to … allow our top fundraisers to pick from the list of Olympians and World Cup skiers" to spend time with during the event, Shea said.

Cincinnati Bengals football player and Livestrong global envoy Dhani Jones will speak at the kickoff party March 25, along with six-time Leadville 100 mountain bike champion Dave Wiens. Wiens also participated in Ride 4 Yellow.

Skiing and snowboarding stars scheduled to participate in the March 26 on-mountain festivities include Olympians Billy Demong, Deb Armstrong, Todd Lodwick, Travis Mayer, Johnny Spillane, Billy Kidd and Nelson Carmichael, along with three-time X Games silver medalist Erin Simmons Nemec and two-time World Cup moguls champ Ann Battelle. Ski 4 Yellow organizers said more than 20 Olympians are scheduled to take part.

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After the day of skiing with Olympians on March 26, participants and the general public can attend a free concert by the John Popper Project in Gondola Square as part of the Bud Light Rocks the Boat Series.

Shea said a committee of about 30 people is organizing the event, and they're aiming for 200 participants. He said they have enough room to expand the event, but they want to maintain the intimacy of participants being able to ski and snowboard in small groups with world-class athletes.

Proceeds from Ski 4 Yellow will be split evenly between Lance Armstrong's Livestrong organization and the 4 Yellow Foundation established locally through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

Registration begins Jan. 1 at

For more

For more information about Ski 4 Yellow, visit or e-mail Organizers said the website should be operational soon. Registration will open Jan. 1 on the site.

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