BOULDER - A memorial service for University of Colorado skier Spencer Nelson, who was killed last Saturday in a hiking accident in the mountains near Aspen is set for 11 a.m. today (Friday, Aug. 20) at Hideaway Park in Winter Park, Colo.

Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil Thursday night at the Rendezvous Fire Pit, also in Winter Park, for a bonfire as they shared memories of Nelson. 

Hideaway Park is located in downtown Winter Park just off of U.S. Highway 40 at the intersection of Midtown Drive.  There is a public parking lot off of U.S. 40 and Vasquez Road, about two blocks south of Hideaway Park. Friends and families are encouraged to bring "finger" deserts or cases of beverages, which should be brought to Hideaway Park by 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking those wishing to make a donation to do  the Spencer Nelson Memorial Gift Fund through the University of Colorado Foundation and at Wells Fargo.  For more information about the CU Foundation fund, contact Scott McMichael or Rachel Kulkarni at (303) 492-2200, or people can make checks out to the CU Foundation and put Spencer Nelson in the memo field and mail them to:

University of Colorado
Buff Club or Ski Team
369 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0369

Nelson quickly established himself as one of the top alpine skiers on the CU team as a true freshman in 2010, especially in the giant slalom races.  His seventh place finish at the RMISA Championships helped CU capture that championship and also enabled the Buffs to qualify a full 12-skier team for the NCAA Championships, where the Buffs took second place.  He won the Lucie Hanusova Award after the season, given to the skiers who overcome adversity and challenges with smiles and enthusiasm.  Nelson recovered from a life-threatening motorcycle accident in less than four months to report for off-season training with the Buffs last August.

He is survived by his parents, Peter Nelson and Peggy Smith, and a brother, Connor, 18. 

An on-campus memorial will occur later in this month.