Keystone was Pretty in Pink on the Slopes

Dec 28, 2009 Shannon Luthy, Associate Editor –
Pink costumes from bunny suits, to snow angels, to Lady GaGa impersonators, crashed the slopes of Keystone this month, for the annual Pink Chase fundraiser. Nineteen teams of 57 women skiers, snowboarders, and telemark skiers donned their crazy costumes to log more than 687,260 vertical feet of skiing. It was all in an effort to raise money for Breast Cancer Research.

Temperatures were frigid, but the gals were glorious and happy in the early morning hours, as the event got underway. K2 was a sponsor and helped raffle many giveaways from the event sponsors.

Lorin Paley, a high school senior from Steamboat, who is on the U.S. National Telemark Team, skied all day in the event. “Oh my gosh, I was keeping up with the craziest ex-mogul skiers in the world and they were wanting to take another run all of the time. My legs were toast at the end. It was really upbeat and positive and everyone was asking us about our cause. It was inspirational and great, to see so many women uniting for one reason.”

Barbara Kish of Boulder, Colo., was the recipient of the event’s Superstar award, for “kicking cancer’s behind.” She spoke on behalf of all breast cancer survivors, emphasizing the importance of fundraisers such as the Pink Chase. Kish has been in remission for six years.

Pink Chase is an annual event, open to women skiers, snowboarders and tele skiers.