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.

Photo by Matt Stensland

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.

Ski 4 Yellow fundraising ramps up in Steamboat Springs

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Steamboat Ski 4 Yellow

  • Saturday, March 30, 2013, 8:30 a.m.
  • Steamboat Ski Area, Mount Werner Road, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / $300

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— 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 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 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.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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