Vertical Express for Can Do MS, the only national event series that combines skiing and fundraising to empower people with multiple sclerosis (MS), kicks off Feb. 6 with seven ski resort events across the country. This event supports lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners.
The series is scheduled for Loon Mountain, N.H. (Feb. 6), Norway Mountain, Mich. (Feb. 13), Hunter Mountain, N.Y. (Feb. 20), Crystal Mountain, Wash. (Feb. 26-27), Squaw Valley, Calif. and Vail Mountain, Colo. (Feb. 27), and Schweitzer, Idaho (March 5).
Vertical Express for Can Do MS offers family-friendly on-mountain and après activities for people of all ages and ability levels, and features the Vertical Express Cup and the Jimmie Heuga Memorial Ski Down.
Individuals can register online for $25 or call 1-888-Do-It-4-MS. While fundraising is not required to participate in the Vertical Express events, participants are encouraged to raise funds. The series has raised more than $11 million over its 31-year history.
Adaptive ski experiences at Vail, Squaw Valley, and Loon enable people with MS to build self-esteem and confidence, improve their fitness levels, and join their family and friends on the slopes. Limited spots are available at each mountain.
Vertical Express supports Can Do MS that 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.
Photo: Participants enjoying their experience in the Vertical Express for Can Do MS. (Photos courtesy Can Do Multiple Sclerosis)