While the Vail Valley is still enjoying a stellar winter season, it’s time to start looking ahead to warmer days and summer sports with the opening of registration for the 2023 GoPro Mountain Games on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 9 a.m. MST. The GoPro Mountain Games is the country’s most celebrated festival of adventure sports, art and music returning to Vail, Colorado, June 8-11, 2023.
Featuring over 30 competitions in biking, running, climbing, kayaking, rafting, SUPing, fishing and DockDogs — there’s something for everyone at the GoPro Mountain Games. Designed for both amateurs and professionals, some competitors are all about fun and camaraderie while others chase the juicy prize purses and sponsor swag ($130K total) and all the glory — and that’s half the fun of the GoPro Mountain Games!
Registered athletes will get a special Athlete Bag, access to the Go RVing Athlete Lounge in Mountain Plaza during the GoPro Mountain Games and the highly-sought after title of being a GoPro Mountain Gamer forever.
Early-bird registration is available through April 5 before prices increase.
New for 2023, the GoPro Mountain Games will have revamped fishing competitions, additional youth and grom divisions, a CoLab Creator Stage in Solaris Plaza, the Gore IV Rafting competition, Go RVing Athlete Lounge in Mountain Plaza and more. The new grom divisions at the GoPro Mountain Games create a more fair, competitive field for ages 13-18 in almost every event. A new competition for fly-fishermen and fly-fisherwomen this year will be the Orvis Species Slam, featuring teams of two competing to catch seven different types of native fish.
A hit in 2022, the GoPro Dual Slalom will be returning to Minturn this year. A fan-favorite, the Gates Kids Bike Race will also be returning this summer. Other popular events at the GoPro Mountain Games include DockDogs, the Nature Valley Mud Run, adidas Terrex Pepi’s Face-Off, the North America Cup Vail climbing competition (also featuring youth and citizen divisions), Pacifico 8-Ball Kayak Sprint, Disc Golf Tournament and more.
In addition to athlete registration opening on Feb. 1, media registration will also open for the 2023 GoPro Mountain Games on Feb. 1.
“On the heels of the 20th Anniversary GoPro Mountain Games last year, we are looking forward to welcoming the world of outdoor adventure sports to Vail again this June to help kick off summer in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado,” said Ross Leonhart, of the Vail Valley Foundation — organizers of the annual GoPro Mountain Games. “The GoPro Mountain Games are a celebration of athletes from all walks of life, the mountains we all love to work and play in, and is capped off with an impressive Mountains of Music lineup this year, to be announced soon. Whether you’re coming for competition, to spectate the action or to see what’s new in the outdoor sports world, the GoPro Mountain Games are the place to be June 8-11.”
For more, visit mountaingames.com.
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 sits at the intersection of adventure sports, music, art and the outdoor industry. The Mountain Games now hosts more than 3,000 pro and amateur athletes in 12+ disciplines and 30+ events, as well as a robust Sponsor Village, live art, and three nights of concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The event is hosted by the Vail Valley Foundation, in partnership with GoPro, Town of Vail, Go RVing, Outside, YETI, Bosch, Nature Valley, CELSIUS energy, Pacifico, Vail Resorts, Mountain House, adidas Terrex, Tincup Whiskey, Orijen, Oakley and other partners. For more information about the Mountain Games, visit www.mountaingames.com.
About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit corporation with a mission to provide leadership in Arts, Athletics and Education, and address community needs to enhance our Valley as a place to live, work and visit.
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 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, Nature Valley, Constellation Brands, CELSIUS Energy, TINCUP Whiskey, and Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate.
To learn more about the Vail Valley Foundation visit www.vvf.org.