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Ski for MS series heads to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

The SKI for MS series will touch down at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows for a daylong community fundraising event, benefiting families with multiple sclerosis (MS) as one of six stops on Can Do MS' nationwide ski series.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 3, at Squaw Valley, and benefits Can Do MS, which, according to a release from the nonprofit organization, seeks to transform lives by delivering health and wellness education programs on exercise, nutrition, symptom management, and motivation to help families thrive.

"My brothers and I have been involved with Ski for MS for many years," said Blaze Heuga, Can Do MS board member and son of founder, Jimmie Heuga, in a statement from Ski for MS. "This event helps keep my dad's legacy alive by helping those with MS. All the money we raise goes directly to scholarships for students to attend our life-changing programs, regardless of financial ability."

The day's festivities at Squaw Valley will include amateur ski races, the Jimmie Heuga memorial ski down, and an après party. New this year, Olympic cyclist Tyler Hamilton, ski cross Olympian Errol Kerr, and ski BASE jumper JT Holmes will be joining Ski for MS to ski, race, provide tips, and celebrate at the après party.

Individuals can register for $25 at mscando.org/squaw, call 1-888-Do-It-4-MS, or register the day of from 8-10 a.m. at Alpenglow Sports. Participants are encouraged to create teams with their friends and family, and to fundraise in order to win a variety of prizes, including a pair of new skis for the top fundraiser. Those who raise $350 or more will receive a two-day lift ticket, T-shirt, and breakfast.

Over the course of its 33-year history the ski series has raised more than $11 million, according to a release from Can Do MS, to provide free educational programs for families living with MS in order to help them thrive. The series has also held an event at Squaw for more than 25 years, according to Can Do MS Marketing Coordinator Rachael Protas.

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In 2018, Can Do MS said it aims to double its number of programs for people living with MS. This Ski for MS event series will help make that a reality.

Can Do MS 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.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Truckee Sun. Contact him at jscacco@truckeesun.com.

‘SKI for ms’ saturday Schedule

8-10 a.m. — Registration at Alpenglow

10 a.m. — First Chair with Tyler Hamilton at Squaw One Chairlift

1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Amateur Ski Race at Nastar Race Course

2:30 p.m. Jimmie Heuga Memorial Ski Down meet at bottom of race course

3-5 p.m. Après party and raffle at Palisades Ballroom