Welcome to ThinkVail – we hope you find this article about this year’s Pink Vail, Ski to a Cure event helpful.
Come and take part in Pink Vail, the world largest Ski Day to cure cancer! Most people walk or run to cure cancer, here in Vail, Colorado, we ski to cure cancer. This is a FUN, wonderful, annual event for an even better cause; to kick Cancers’ butt.
Nearly 3,000 people converge on Vail mountain every year dressed in pink from head to toe, any color pink is fine but brighter is usually better. These people enjoy an all-day event filled with live music, deck parties, costume contests, camaraderie, awesome ski conditions and tons more. Since the event happens in late March, participants are almost always guaranteed blue skies, warm temperatures, season-long accumulation of snow and lots of sunshine.
Pink Vail raises awareness throughout Colorado, the country and the world, bringing together the many people touched by cancer who share a common love for skiing and snowboarding.
Pink Vail is an event for everyone—skiers of all abilities and non-skiers alike are welcomed to attend. This is not a race it is just a fun, family-friendly, pink-themed, all-day event to raise funds to fight Cancer.
Pink Vail was initially started to stop Breast Cancer but has since evolved into an event that champions against ALL cancers and raises funds to ease the pains of cancer treatment and supports patient care and patient programming for ALL patients of Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards, a 501(c)3.
100% of Pink Vail donations and registration fees benefit all Shaw patients, whether male or female, no matter their cancer diagnosis. Patients have the opportunity to benefit from Pink Vail funds throughout their cancer treatment experience and beyond. These unique services can dramatically impact a patient’s quality of life, but are not typically covered by insurance.
Anybody who wants to have fun and raise money to kick Cancer’s a**.
Men, women, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers and friends can all join in the celebration of cancer survivors and help local patients win the fight against cancer by skiing down Vail mountain together, while having a unique day to enjoy each others company and realizing how special our love ones are to us.
Skiers and non-skiers will both enjoy the day. If you don’t have skis just head over to Golden Peak at the base of Vail Mountain to enjoy food, drink, live music, and camaraderie at the Pink Vail Headquarters, tons of fun and be smack-dab in the middle of the action.
First, you must register with Pink Vail. Once you register, start asking friends and family to sponsor your ski day. Send e-mails, make phone calls, post on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube with a link to your Pink Vail profile page or just get out and hit the streets by knocking on doors—you’ll be amazed at how people will happily support you and this great cause, to wipe out Cancer!
The more donations you or your group raise, the more chances you have to win PRIZES! First prize is offered if you raise $50 and receive more prizes by securing more donations. Prizes include: baseball hats, tumblers, goodie bags, jackets, VIP tickets, gift cards and even an EPIC Pass if you raise more than $20,000 in donations! You don’t have to raise donations you can just attend the event, but you don’t receive any of the cool prizes that go along with the donation goals.
During the days leading up to Pink Vail, the town is “pinkified”, banners are raised and the air is filled with excitement and anticipation for the biggest ski day in the world to fight Cancer. Teammates begin to rally around the person that will be celebrated and the costume preparation begins.
You can absolutely do the day solo, and you will still have a ton of fun. But many people ski costumed with a group of like-minded friends and come up with a crazy name for their group like the Cator Ruma Cancer Crushers or Pink Tulips or Cancer Stinks.
Whether solo or as a group, this is your time to pull out everything from your closet that is pink, guys, this means you too! Put together the most outrageous pink costumes you can and don’t forget the tutus, pink leggings or tiara, your favorite pink ski gloves, a pink wig, pink boot furries and of course an all-pink ski suit or matching pink jacket/snow pants combination. Pink skis or snowboard is also a great addition! Just get into the spirit of the event and don’t forget to have fun and live in the moment
Now that you’ve done the hard part, raising donations to fight Cancer and help patients in our community, it’s time to have fun and enjoy a day skiing or snowboarding with your family and friends. Take this time to bond with the people who are really important in your life and let them know how important they are to you.
Pink Vail is about celebrating and supporting those with Cancer while remembering those who we have lost. So many of the event around Vail Mountain will reflect that.
On the day of Pink Vail, individuals or teams ski together in wild, pink-themed costume while checking in at themed decks across the mountain or heading up to Eagles Nest for food, drink and music. Punching your credentials get you a chance at additional prizes.
Golden Peak is the Pink Vail Headquarters for the day and offers all-day live music, food, drinks, games and prizes. This is a great place to take a break from the slopes, people and costume watch, enjoy a snack or beverage while listening to some great music! Come here for check-in day of the event. Opens at 8:30 am. Golden Peak is located at the base of Vail mountain so it offers easy access for skiers and non skiers alike.
The World’s PINKEST Costume Contest Don’t miss your chance to win great prizes for the best pink costume. Start gathering your tutus, tights, hats, caps, wigs and anything silly, frilly, and fluffy in the pink hue.
PINK VAIL Portraits – Free team portraits will be taken at Pink Vail Headquarters. Share your photos and tag yourself and your friends on social media! Let the world know what you did and how much fun it was!
KID ZONE at Golden Peak The kid’s zone at the base of Golden Peak is awesome! Kids can enjoy face painting and art, a cool activity with Walking Mountains, caricature drawings and a dance party with DJ Finn Dippy.
Checkpoint Challenge is a fun deck-to-deck ski experience. Visit all three themed decks around Vail Mountain and fill out a Pink Vail ticket along with a hole punch on your credential for a chance to win great prizes at the end of the day! Prizes will be chosen after the decks close at 2 pm. Check out the prize board at Pink Vail Headquarters in Golden Peak to see if you are a winner!
Celebration of Life Ski Down -At the end of the day you and your teammates can ski down the mountain together in honor of someone who has battled cancer. This Celebration of Life ski down will be open all day, so no matter when you decide to hang up the ski boots, you can make your last run really special.
Spirit Rally, Awards and Checkpoint Challenge Prizes – Prizes are presented and speeches are made. The Best Costume is awarded in both child and adult categories. Prizes awarded to most spirited team. End-of-day drawing for all who visited the Vail decks and had their credentials punched. Prizes include spa treatments, gift cards, goggles, restaurant certificates, lodging, and more!
Pink Vail keeps getting bigger and more popular every year. As this event grows Pink Vail needs more and more volunteers to assist in making this epic day amazing for all participants and patients. There are tons of opportunities available leading up to the event, on the day of, and post-event. Shifts can range in time for a few hours or half a day. To find if there is a volunteering position that is perfect for you, contact Pink Vail
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Have you ever attended Pink Vail? Do you know somebody who is fighting Cancer? Have you ever walked, run, skied, shaved your head or grown a mustache to fight Cancer? We would love to hear your stories and thoughts.