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‘Exhilaration and excitement’ as GoPro Mountain Games registration opens for 20th anniversary event June 7-12, 2022, in Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colo., Feb. 24, 2022 – Registration opens February 25 at 11 a.m. for the 20th annual GoPro Mountain Games. The event, which welcomes thousands of mountain athletes and tens of thousands of spectators to Vail, Colorado, each year, is set to take place June 7-12, 2022.

The list of competitions reads like a “dream-come-true” for outdoor-sports enthusiasts. Early-bird registration rates will be available for events including: fly fishing, kayaking, rafting, SUP, climbing, mountain biking, road biking, trail running, yoga, disc golf, DockDogs, kids’, junior, and family events, and more.

“When the snow melts and summer comes around there is a lot of bottled-up energy in the outdoor and mountain sports world. People want to get outside, get moving, and get together, and all of that positive energy will find a home at the 2022 GoPro Mountain Games in Vail,” said Dave Dressman, Event Director for the GoPro Mountain Games, a project of the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation. “There is a high amount of exhilaration and excitement from our athletes, our team here at the Vail Valley Foundation, our partners at the Town of Vail and Vail Resorts, and all of our sponsors, to welcome the world back to Vail and to take this event to the next level.”

New events and old favorites are available as registration opens for this world-renowned summertime celebration of athletes, art, music, and mountains at mountaingames.com.

Beginners, weekend warriors, and pro athletes are all encouraged to sign up and compete. More than $130,000 in prize money will be up for grabs.

Concerts, art, and FREE spectating activities are also a big part of the event. The Mountains of Music concert lineup, ancillary events, art installations, spectator entertainment and more will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

The 2022 event will be the 20th anniversary of the Mountain Games, which has become known as the best all-around outdoor mountain experience available anywhere in the world.

After a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic, the GoPro Mountain Games was among the first major events to open to spectators when a slightly pared-down version was held in 2021. The 2022 edition, said organizers, will bring the event back to and beyond 2019 levels of activity and celebration.

The event will feature two additional days of competition (Tuesday, June 7, & Wednesday, June 8) and will include new venues, new events, and a top-shelf concert lineup.

Announcement comes as Winter Mountain Games gets under way

The summer GoPro Mountain Games registration announcement comes as the Winter Mountain Games Preview event gets under way, also in Vail, Feb. 25-27. The event, which is also hosted by the Vail Valley Foundation, features USA Skimo national events, the Fat Tire Bike Challenge, XC Snowshoe 5K and 10K events, the 5K Dog Derby Snowshoe Race, the Nature Valley Bootlegger hill climb, plus live concerts from Low Cut Connie, Galactic, JoJo Hermann, and Moon Taxi, at Solaris in Vail Village Friday and Saturday evenings.

A full-fledged version of the Winter Mountain Games is planned for early 2023. To take part or learn more, visit winter.mountaingames.com.

What’s new for summer Mountain Games? A GoPro Dual Slalom … and more

Six days of celebrating mountain lifestyle and culture

For the first time ever the GoPro Mountain Games will take place over six days rather than four. The event will open with the highly-spectator-friendly GoPro Dual Slalom bike competition qualifying round to take place June 7, 2022, at the Minturn Bike Park in Minturn, Colorado, located 10 minutes away from Vail Village. GoPro Dual Slalom action will continue at the Minturn Bike Park through Wednesday, June 8. This action-packed new event will be held in partnership with the Town of Minturn, Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance, and Strait Acres.

Steep and sweet whitewater

The TINCUP Steep Creek Championships at Homestake Creek has long been known as the elite-level kayaking opener to the GoPro Mountain Games. The event will be held one day earlier than usual, on Wednesday, June 8, at its usual venue at Homestake Creek near Red Cliff, Colorado. This move allows competitors to rest and shift focus to the GMC Kayak Freestyle qualifiers at the I-Bridge in Vail Village on Thursday, June 9.

The return of climbing

Climbing makes its return to the GoPro Mountain Games for the first time since 2019 with the very popular CELSIUS Citizen Climbing as well as a North American Cup Series climbing event, in partnership with USA Climbing. The climbing wall will return to Mountain Plaza and events will take place June 9-12, with youth climbing leading the way on Thursday, June 9.

The adidas Terrex 20K Anniversary Run to celebrate 20 years

The adidas Terrex 10K Spring Runoff, the adidas Terrex Après 5K Trail Run, and the Rocky Dog Trail Run have long been staples of the GoPro Mountain Games trail running events. This year a new event, the adidas Terrex 20K Anniversary Run, will be added to the lineup to celebrate 20 years of the GoPro Mountain Games.

Concerts at The Amp, family-friendly competitions, and more

The GoPro Mountain Games will once again feature a vibrant and interactive Mountain House Gear Town sponsor village, where spectators can engage with top outdoor brands throughout Vail. Gear Town opens on Thursday June 9 and continues through Sunday June 12.

The event will also host a variety of daytime music in multiple venues along with nightly concerts at the Vail Valley Foundation’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, the ever-popular Orijen DockDogs (and other dog-friendly) events, a wide array of kids adventure sports events and activities, slackline demonstrations, the return of the Nature Valley Mountain Mud Run, the legendary Pacifico 8-ball Kayak Sprint and so much more.

The 2022 GoPro Mountain Games will also feature more junior divisions in bike and run events to accommodate more levels and age groups of riders.

List of competition events announced to date*:

Tuesday, June 7

  • GoPro Dual Slalom – Minturn Bike Park

Wednesday, June 8

  • GoPro Dual Slalom – Minturn Bike Park
  • TINCUP Steep Creek Championship  – Homestake Creek, Red Cliff

Thursday, June 9

  • YETI Catch Wars – Eagle River
  • GMC Kayak Freestyle qualifier – Gore Creek, Vail Village
  • Gore IV Kayak Challenge – Gore Creek, Vail Village to West Vail
  • Rocky Dog Trail Run  – Vail Village & Vail Mountain
  • Try DockDogs – Lionshead, Vail
  • Orijen DockDogs Big Air waves 1-4 – Lionshead, Vail
  • Dueling Dogs Qualifying Duels 1-2 – Lionshead, Vail

Friday, June 10

  • North American Cup Vail presented by CELSIUS
    qualifiers – Mountain Plaza, Vail Village
  • Pacifico Raft Cross – Gore Creek, Vail Village
  • CELSIUS Yoga – Vail, exact location TBD
  • adidas Terrex Après 5K Trail Run – Vail Village
  • Orijen DockDogs Big Air waves 5-7 – Lionshead, Vail
  • Orijen Dueling Dogs rounds 3-5 – Lionshead, Vail
  • Try DockDogs – Lionshead, Vail

Saturday, June 11

  • YETI 2 Fly X-Stream qualifiers and Semi-Finals – Vail Village
  • Kids Bike Race – Golden Peak, Vail Village
  • GMC Down River Kayak Sprint, Pacifico Raft Sprint and YETI SUP Sprint – Gore Creek, East Vail to Vail Village
  • North American Cup Vail presented by CELSIUS Semi-Finals and Finals – Mountain Plaza, Vail Village
  • Oakley XC Mountain Bike – Vail Village & Vail Mountain
  • CELSIUS Yoga – Vail, exact location TBD
  • Mountain House Disc Golf rounds 1-2 – Maloit Park, Minturn
  • Nature Valley Mountain Mud Run  – Family and ‘All Mountain Madness’ divisions – Vail Village & Vail Mountain
  • GMC Kayak Freestyle finals – Gore Creek, Vail Village
  • Orijen DockDogs Big Air waves 8-9 – Lionshead, Vail
  • Orijen DockDogs Extreme Vertical – Lionshead, Vail
  • Dueling Dogs rounds 6-8 – Lionshead, Vail

Sunday, June 12

  • Kids Cast & Catch – Big Horn Park, East Vail
  • Road Bike Time Trial- Vail Village to top of Vail Pass
  • YETI Fishing finals – Location TBA
  • YETI SUP Surf Cross – Gore Creek, Vail Village
  • adidas Terrex 10K Spring Runoff – Mountain Plaza, Vail Village
  • adidas Terrex 20K Anniversary Run – Mountain Plaza, Vail Village
  • Pepi’s Face Off presented by JUNK Brands – Mountain Plaza, Vail Village
  • CELSIUS Yoga – Vail, exact location TBD
  • Mountain House Disc Golf rounds 3-4 – Maloit Park, Minturn
  • CELSIUS Citizen climbing and Youth Climbing waves – Mountain Plaza, Vail Village
  • Orijen DockDogs Big Air wave 10 & finals – Lionshead, Vail
  • Orijen DockDogs Speed Retrieve finals – Lionshead, Vail
  • Dueling Dogs rounds 9-10 & finals – Lionshead, Vail
  • Pacifico 8-Ball Kayak Sprint – Gore Creek, Vail Village

 

*Schedules and locations subject to change. Additional events expected to be added.

Register now at mountaingames.com. 

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About the GoPro Mountain Games

Each June the GoPro Mountain Games event brings athletes, art, music and mountains together in Vail, Colorado, to create the best all-around mountain experience available anywhere in the world. Founded in 2002, the family-friendly event now hosts more than 3,000 pro and amateur athletes in 12+ disciplines and 30+ events, plus three nights of concerts at the Mountains of Music at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The event is hosted by the Vail Valley Foundation, in partnership with GoPro, Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, GMC, Go RVing, CELSIUS Energy, Nature Valley, Mountain House, adidas Terrex, Outside, Bosch, YETI, Pacifico, TINCUP Mountain Whiskey, Orijen, and Oakley. 

About the Vail Valley Foundation

The Vail Valley Foundation is a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit corporation with a mission to enhance the quality of life in the Vail Valley and showcase our community to a global audience through arts, athletics, and education.

The organization’s work in education is through YouthPower365, a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate and empower youth and families from early childhood to college and career readiness. The Vail Valley Foundation also provides the Vail Valley with several of its most treasured annual events, such as the GoPro Mountain Games, the Winter Mountain Games, the Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, the Vail Dance Festival, and the Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town free concert series. The Vail Valley Foundation also manages and operates two performing arts centers, the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, providing more than 100 Broadway, dance, comedy, classical, rock, pop, jazz, community and family events per year.

Vail Valley Foundation activities and events are in part made possible by cornerstone partners: the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, GMC, Nature Valley and CELSIUS Energy.

To learn more about the Vail Valley Foundation visit www.vvf.org.

 

Media Contact: Tom Boyd, tboyd@vvf.org, 970.376.3707 or 970.748.5935

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