Dear Friends,

The Hike for Spencer is held in memory of Spencer Nelson who died nine years ago in a tragic climbing accident on the Maroon Bells. Spencer was an elite athlete for the competition center and a Division 1 Alpine racer for the University of Colorado.

Since it’s inception eight years ago, the Hike for Spencer has raised over $350,000 for the Winter Park Ski Education Foundation which has been used to fund Competition Center Program fees and travel expenditures for youths who otherwise would not have been able to participate in the Winter Park Competition Center.

Our mission is to make sure that every child who has the desire to participate is given the opportunity. Our goal is to educate our community of the benefits of investing in our youth by helping them become successful individuals through participation in winter sports that emphasize integrity, tenacity, and sportsmanship. 

So please join us on August 10 to celebrate Spencer’s life and help make dreams come true for as many kids as possible. Thank you again for all your support!


Peggy, Peter, and Connor

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  1. Robert McLaren

    Peter, Peggy & others, so sorry not to be back in Colorado for this event. I’ll register a donation for this worthy cause. Enjoy the day.

  2. Peggy, Peter, and Connor, so sorry that we cannot make the hike this year because of some conflicts. We’ll be sure to register a donation. We’ll be thinking of you. Me ke aloha–B & S

  3. Peggy, Peter and Connor–We wish we could join you again this year. We are sending love and good thoughts from all the Deichen clan.

  4. Can you please post the address where a check can be sent? Would the check be payalbe to Hike for Spencer?

    • Please make checks payable to WP Ski Education Foundation – Spencer Nelson Memorial Fund and mail to WPSEF, PO Box 192, Winter Park, CO 80482.

      Thanks for your continuing support!

  5. Christina Shepard

    Scott and I will not be able to make it to the Hike for Spencer event this year, but we will be sending representatives from the Shepard family along with our love and support.

  6. Dear Peggy, Peter and Connor,
    I wish I could do the hike with you..
    And I’ll be happy to contribute to the Spencer Memorial Fund. I’ll be thinking of you on August 3rd.
    Lots of love. Karin

  7. Steve and Kelly Gordon

    Hi Peter, Peggy and Connor. We will miss being with you this year (were in the NW with Natalie) but our thoughts and hearts are always with you. Always.

    The Gordon’s.

  8. Peter, Peggy and Connor- I am so upset that I will be missing this years Hike For Spencer. I will be donating to his fund and thinking of you all this weekend. I look forward to seeing pictures and hearing great stories! I’ll be in California, celebrating his life on the beach. Thinking of you!! xo

  9. Hi Peggy, Peter and Connor, Lynnda Gies here, I will be there with bells on and ready to help wherever you need me. Lynnda

  10. So sorry to have missed the hike this year. Hopefully it surpasses all your expectations. With love, Lynn

  11. Hi Peter, Peggy & Connor! I live in California now and unfortunately I won’t be able to make it back this year for Spencer’s hike. But I will be thinking about all of you and celebrating his beautiful life, as I do every day 🙂 xx

  12. Laurie Hirschfeld Zeller

    Three Zellers will be there! Nick is in Thailand and will have to send his best wishes to all the friends who will gather that Saturday. Love, Laurie, Marty, and Robin

  13. Chip and I send our love from London! xoxo

    • Dear Peggy, Peter and Connor,
      I’ll be thinking of you on August 3rd.
      And I will be donating to the Spencer Memorial Fund.
      Lots of love. Karin

  14. We will be there this year!!
    Chris & Anne Smith

  15. Hi Peg,
    Unfortunately, the Lines-O’Brien family can’t make it this year – we will be missing the experience, memories, and seeing all of you. We will make a donation for sure.
    Cathy, Jim, Sean, and James (and Jenkins who came last year)

  16. Pegy and Peter, what a wonderful tradition honoring Spencer! Linda & Alan

  17. Dear Peter, Peggy, and Connor: So sorry to miss the hike this year. I’ve been thinking of Spencer lately especially when I heard of the recent hiking tragedies. Will make a donation to his memory.
    Brian & Sharon

  18. Lynda and Chuck Gumeson

    Dear Peter, Peggy and Conner, This event has certainly been a wonderful tribute to an outstanding son, and brother, Spencer! We will be thinking of you while we are touring Washington DC with 2 of our grandchildren. We wish you a very successful and memorable day and we are so honored to be able to help to continue his memory with a contribution to the Winter Park Education Foundation. This is such a worthy and important tradition and you should be SO proud of the “Hike for Spencer” that you have created!
    Chuck and Lynda

  19. Sorry to miss the hike this year, but know that I will be there in spirit. The money raised to support the WP Ski Education Foundation is a real tribute to Spencer and all he stood for.
    XO Karen

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