GoPro Mountain Games Vail
Event date: June 10 – June 13
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The GoPro Mountain Games are officially a GO for June 10-13, 2021.
Organizers from the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation, which hosts the event each year, said they plan to focus on athletes, music, and multimedia experiences in this iteration of the event. Spectator participation and activities are expected to be curtailed, and in some cases eliminated, due to ongoing public health restrictions.
“We are BACK, and we could not be more excited to bring some joy, vitality and positivity into people’s lives in the fresh air and sunshine of this beautiful mountain setting,” said GoPro Mountain Games Event Director Dave Dressman. “It takes months of planning and many, many key partners to make this event happen. The support we have received from our sponsors, the Town of Vail and Vail Resorts is remarkable, and it speaks to the power of the Mountain Games brand. We have looked at this from every angle and we feel confident we have a strong baseline plan to execute a safe, high-level, athlete-focused GoPro Mountain Games this June.”
The event has served as the epicenter of global mountain culture and adventure sports for nearly 20 years. After a one-year hiatus, the event will feature whitewater, mountain biking, road biking, fishing, trail running, DockDogs, disc golf, yoga, a photo competition, three nights of GoPro Mountains of Music (livestreamed and limited in-person capacity) and more from Vail, Colorado, with a wide array of additional ways to engage virtually.
Vail Valley Foundation organizers said they are going to take all the energy and excitement of the GoPro Mountain Games and concentrate it on core components of the event to ensure that both “pro and joe” athletes can get back to the water, trails, and competition after nearly a year of limited adventure sports competition opportunities.
The event will also include three nights of GoPro Mountains of Music headliner concerts (in-person and livestreamed) from the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, and a daily ‘SportsCenter-style’ live broadcast produced by Outside TV, which will open the livestream concert each evening.
Athlete registration is expected to open April 9. Learn more at mountaingames.com.
Here’s a look at what to expect from the 2021 event:
An athlete focus
The event will not be a cut-and-paste of years past, but instead will focus on the athletes, offering a core set of participatory events, substantial prize money, music, art, and a daily livestream and multi-media experience for those that are not able to attend in person.
In addition to being given a safe platform to compete in Vail for significant prizes, athletes will also receive pre-sale access to the GoPro Mountains of Music concerts and other perks throughout the event.
“We know our athletes have missed the event and the opportunity to compete together in our mountain community. Allowing a safe return for our athletes is of utmost importance to us, so we have built a plan that can take place under current public health guidelines; but we are optimistic that we will be able to adapt quickly as the situation improves and public health orders allow,” said Sarah Franke, Vice President of Marketing and Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “To that end, we will continue to focus on what can be done to ensure the event is as fun, energetic and celebratory as possible.’”
The Vail Valley Foundation will announce more information, updates, and details as the event draws near: stay up-to-date by signing up for the mailing list at mountaingames.com.
Athletics events will include:
- Road Bike Time Trial
- TIAA Bank XC Mountain Bike
- TIAA Bank Kids’ Bike Race
- Bosch eBike Challenge
- YETI 2 Fly X-Stream
- YETI Catch Wars
- Pacifico Gore Creek Kayak Challenge
- GMC Down River Kayak Sprint
- GMC Kayak Freestyle
- Pacifico Down River R2 Raft Sprint
- YETI Down River SUP Sprint
- Orijen DockDogs Outdoor Big Air*
- Orijen DockDogs Extreme Vertical*
- Orijen DockDogs Speed Retrieve*
- Dueling Dogs
*This year’s DockDogs events will be classified as a National Championship, with increased prize money
- adidas Terrex 10K Spring Runoff
- Nature Valley Après 5K
- Rocky Dog Trail Run
- Pepi’s Face-Off presented by JUNK Brands
- Mountain Masters Disc Golf
- Limited capacity, physically distanced, outdoors
- GoPro Mountain Click Photo Competition
Previously held events that will not be a part of this year’s event are: Slackline; World Cup climbing competition; select whitewater events, including Steep Creek Championship; and the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.
In-person spectating opportunities are likely to be limited or unavailable due to physical distancing requirements, but organizers are aware that the public health landscape may change as the event draws near.