Fundraiser in Aspen helps nordic standouts |

Fundraiser in Aspen helps nordic standouts

ASPEN – The road to the top is neither easy nor cheap, a fact that three Aspen-raised nordic athletes know all too well.

Support skiers Simi Hamilton, Michael Ward and Noah Hoffman in their quest for the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday during a fundraiser at the Limelight. The party, termed “The Road to Sochi,” takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the lodge, on 355 S. Monarch St.

Enjoy pizza and beverages at this party to thank the community (visitors are invited, too). Bid on some of the 50 or so silent auction items, including some U.S. Ski Team logo gear. Tax-deductible contributions are voluntary, with every size donation appreciated. Funding is administered through the Nordic Angel program, which helps defray costs to talented athletes competing in high-level races, including the Europa Cup.

Michael Ward is representing the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, while Noah Hoffman is skiing out of Vail, and Simi Hamilton is representing Sun Valley, Idaho. All three skiers still have their hearts in this community, however.

Travel costs for these nordic standouts could run as much as $25,000 each this season, so any monetary support is welcome.

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