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Registration open for Pink Vail

Emily Tamberino

VAIL CO– Registration for Pink Vail™ presented by Helly Hansen is officially open. With all-day live music at Eagle's Nest themed deck parties a costume contest and the Celebration Ski Down March 21st is slated to be the most spirited Pink Vail yet.

Pink Vail is the world's biggest ski day to conquer cancer. All ages and abilities are welcome and you don't have to ski to participate. Similar to a run or walk to support cancer participants register at and invite friends family and co-workers to join their team or make a donation on their behalf. 100% of the proceeds from Pink Vail stay in the community benefiting patient care and survivorship programs for all patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

“This event started as a breast cancer event since nearly half of the patients we treat at Shaw are breast cancer patients” explains Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner. “The first year was so successful that the proceeds now benefit all patients at Shaw – before during and after treatment. We are blessed with a passionate giving community and know that Pink Vail 2015 will be something to remember.”
New this year Pink Vail will host live music all day at Eagle's Nest. Playing the event for their second year will be bluegrass band Hardscrabble opening their set at 9:00 a.m. The five-piece group is known for delivering a lively show for audiences of all ages. Next in the lineup is Kevin Heinz a one-man-band singer/songwriter whose unique style involves looping vocals guitars and percussion. Wrapping up the festivities will be Renegade Sons a rock group who covers bands like Wilco The Rolling Stones Ryan Adams Steve Earle The Beatles and others. The concerts are free to all Pink Vail participants and foot passes are available to non-skier event registrants.

While the music plays on participants can ski the Checkpoint Challenge—visit three famous Vail Mountain decks to be entered for a chance at amazing prizes. If you visit all three decks you'll receive three entries. Each deck features a unique theme—Totally 80s Country Hoedown and Spring Break 2015—as well as games music and prizes.

The Pink Vail Costume Contest is yet another way to win great prizes. Awards will be given for best individual and group costumes so now is the time to break out that pink cape tutu or glittery spandex ski suit. There will also be a “Most Spirited Team” prize so get your friends signed up early and make plans. Top fundraisers are also recognized. Prizes include Head skis Weston snowboards Helly Hansen gift cards Maui Jim sunglasses spa packages and more.

One of the most meaningful parts of the day is the Celebration Ski Down at 3:30 p.m. when survivors family friends and those skiing in honor of a loved one will ski down Simba (renamed “Pink Vail Trail” for the day) as spectators cheer them into the base of Lionshead Village. The event culminates with food and drink specials at participating Lionshead restaurants and bars.

Pink Vail has raised over $1 million in its first three years and the fundraising goal in 2015 is $500000. Participants have ranged in age from 2 to 84 years old and come from all over the U.S. with donations pouring in from all 50 states and nearly a dozen countries. Pink Vail funds the "Spirit of Survival" program which offers all cancer patients and survivors at Shaw Regional Cancer Center the opportunity to receive free exercise training nutrition coaching emotional support outdoor adventures a nurse navigator massages alternative treatments and more.

Pink Vail wouldn't be as successful without the support of national and community partners like Vail Mountain Epic Promise Town of Vail Helly Hansen Vail Valley Surgery Center Maui Jim Diversified Radiology FirstBank Coors Light Slifer Smith & Frampton Centennial Bank GE Johnson Head skis Larkburger US Bank Bula Chateau d'Esclans New Belgium Brewery The Mile 104.7 Astra Zeneca Mountain Beverage Korbel Chambord Crazy Mountain Brewery Dusty Boot Lion Square Lodge Four Seasons Resort Vail Evergreen Lodge Arrabelle at Vail Square Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Vail Daily.

Shaw Regional Cancer Center at Vail Valley Medical Center is for anyone seeking comprehensive cancer care in a peaceful and intimate setting. Patients travel to Shaw for their Ivy League doctors top-of-the-line equipment—including the best technology available for radiation therapy and 3D mammography—and impeccable reputation for breast and prostate cancer treatment. The multidisciplinary approach of their cancer care team benefits each patient's individualized treatment plan supporting the patient and family through treatment all the way to survivorship. One of the country's premiere boutique cancer treatment facilities Shaw Regional Cancer Center has been recognized and accredited by some of the top cancer organizations in the country including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Foundation® Susan G. Komen for the Cure® American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).