Tickled Pink

Grab your pink wig and butterfly wings, find a pink boa for your child, and get up to Vail tomorrow for the annual Pink Vail fundraiser for cancer survivors

Little girls and big girls love to dress up in pink. Photo by Zach Mahone

Little girls and big girls love to dress up in pink.
Photo by Zach Mahone

I once walked 26.2 miles in 100+ degree heat through dubious parts of Denver, Colo., with a group of fellow moms, including a dear friend who had recently battled–and kicked the ass of–breast cancer. We were fundraising to help others fight the disease.

We raised a bunch of money, had great long talks, and celebrated survival, while burning the back of our calves from the heat reflected off the searing-hot pavement.

If I could have skied all day, donned a tiara and a pink one-piece ski suit, and had a free beer, I think I might have gone for that.

Spring break starts today for our kids and if you’re planning to head to Vail this weekend, expect an onslaught of pink boas, shimmering pink capes, pink plastic peace-sign glasses, pink wigs, and more than one skier wearing a big pink bra over her (or his) pink ski jacket.

There are few opportunities to wear your bra on the outside of your ski jacket. Anything for a good cause. Photo by Zach Mahone

There are few opportunities to wear your bra on the outside of your ski jacket. Anything for a good cause.
Photo by Zach Mahone

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, marks the 4th annual Pink Vail, an event to raise money to for patient care and survivorship programs at the Vail Valley Medical Center’s Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

Now, in theory, you would have been registered for a month or more and been raising money online by getting friends and family to sponsor your ski day. But it’s not too late to register (which costs $25 and includes a free beer). And you can hit your friends up today for donations.

Head to Vail on March 21 and you will see an inordinate number of tutus.

Head to Vail on March 21 and you will see an inordinate number of tutus.

Cancer survivors and kids alike will dress up for the Costume Contest (lots of great prizes). They’ll don bibs and commemorate family and friends lost to cancer. There’s a Checkpoint Challenge where you ski from deck to deck at Vail and enjoy live music all day, games, and prizes at each deck. Participants can get photos snapped at the top of the mountain and ski down at 3:30 in a swarm of pink in the event’s Celebration Ski Down.

Last year some 1,600 people participated in the event, raising $465,000. So far this year, the event has passed the half million mark. For more info, visit pinkvail.com.

 Pink Vail is a fabulous event for a great cause…and there is little danger that you will scorch the back of your calves.

 

Pin Vail turns the mountains rose colored. Just like alpenglow, but with more tulle and dyed feathers. Photo by Zach Mahone

Pink Vail turns the mountains pink. Just like alpenglow, but with more tulle and dyed feathers.
Photo by Zach Mahone

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