BIG SKY – 2014 Olympic hopeful and Montana native Heather McPhie will be at Big Sky Resort Dec. 21, for a fundraiser to help her reach her Olympic dreams. A member of the U.S Freestyle Ski Team and Big Sky Resort’s 2013/14 Athlete Ambassador, McPhie is a favorite to qualify and compete in the women’s freestyle moguls event at the Sochi Olympic Games in February 2014.
Open to the public, the reception will begin with a limited edition McPhie poster and Mountain Outlaw magazine autograph signing, followed by a relaxed Q-and-A session. There will be music, spirits and appetizers courtesy of The Peaks at Big Sky Resort.
A silent auction will include a four-night stay at a Village Center condo, a Yellowstone snowcoach tour for two, and a night stay at The Eagle’s Nest.
McPhie will donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction to Big Sky Youth Empowerment and Eagle Mount. Both organizations will be available at the event to offer more information about their services for area at-risk youth and disabled athletes.
McPhie has five qualifying events leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Olympic team will be announced by Jan. 24.
In 2013, McPhie had five World Cup podiums with three first place finishes – defending her title as National Champion – and finished the season ranked third overall on the World Cup tour. She was the first woman to complete back-full and D-spin in the same run at the World Championships in Voss, Norway.
The reception will be from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Talus Room at the Summit Hotel.