The first DOJoe Memorial Uphill-Downhill Telemark Race was held in the spring of 2002 at Eldora Mountain Resort in Eldora, Colorado to honor Joe Despres, a telemark skier who was killed in an avalanche in November 2001.
For the first five years, the race was an uphill-downhill event with all participants using telemark equipment. In 2007 AT skiers and snowboarders were invited to compete in the DOJoe. To complete the course, racers climbed 700 vertical feet, transitioned out of their skins at the top of the Corona lift, then skied/rode down the double black diamond run, West Ridge, to the finish. Participants were encouraged to wear costumes, and prizes were given for the best costume, the fastest female and male contestants, and the fastest in the tag teams. The awards ceremony was held at Eldora Mountain Resort Lodge and featured a band, raffle prizes and beer.
Since 2014 the race has been held at Arapaho Ranch each April and it continues to be a wonderful annual event with costumes, music, awards and fun for everyone, supported by the community and friends of Joe.
The race has enjoyed wide support from a variety of sponsors and the proceeds are donated to CAIC each year.