What: 38th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup
When: March 1-3
Where: Winter Park Ski Resort
More info: nscd.org/
This weekend marks the 38th year for the Wells Fargo Ski Cup at Winter Park, one of the largest fundraisers each year for the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
The event raises $200,000 each year for the organization, a nonprofit founded in 1970 committed to working with disabled individuals through sports and recreation. NSCD works with around 3,000 individuals each year and has its own adaptive equipment lab.
Event organizers for the ski cup expect around 5,000 participants this year, including three Boulder residents who are part of the "Boulder Bombers" team.
This weekend's ski cup includes three races. The Corporate Cup is a pro-am race that pairs one NSCD competition center athlete with five friends and family members. The Kids Snowplow Plant features both young NSCD athletes and able-bodied skiers, and the World Disabled Invitational, where disabled skiers compete for the largest purse on the circuit.
Weekend warriors Gretchen Fapore, John Wall and Clay Wyatt are three members of the Boulder-based team heading to Winter Park this weekend to compete in the Corporate Cup. All three work at Fells Fargo in Boulder, and if they win, the three say they plan to donate their winnings right back to the NSCD.
Gretchen Fapore, the team's captain, said she's been participating in the event for the last 10 years.
"We've had an opportunity meet a lot of really interesting athletes," she said. "You get to see some pretty amazing athletes come in."
University of Denver freshman and NSCD competition center skier Jamie Stanton will be competing in his second ski cup this weekend.
Stanton skis with a prosthetic right leg and hopes to make the U.S. paralympic team and compete in Sochi next winter. In addition to working with individuals who were born with their disability or who have had it since a young age, Stanton added that the NSCD is extremely useful for skiers with recent amputations or diagnoses.
"They're so good at getting them back on the snow," he said. "Some people when they have their amputation or get their disability, they think they can never ski again and NSCD is the best at getting them to do what they want to do."
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