On Saturday, March 3, both resorts will host the Vertical Express for MS, now in its 22nd year. The event raises funds for Heuga Center, which assisted over 7,000 people living with MS last year. Founded in 1985, the Heuga Center launched with funds raised by Jimmie Heuga and 10 other Olympians who set a world record skiing one million vertical feet in 24 hours at Alyeska. The youngest man ever named to the U.S. Ski Team, Heuga won a bronze medal in the 1964 Olympics, just behind silver medalist Billy Kidd - bringing home the two first U.S. Olympic skier medals. In 1970, Heuga was diagnosed with MS at the peak of his skiing career. His refusal to follow traditional medical advice to shun exercise revolutionized treatment, health, and outlook for folks with MS. If you can't make it to Snowbowl or Sunrise, you can still donate to the Heuga Center online.
- Snow Reports