2018 GoPro Mountain Games
Whether you are an athlete, a spectator, or visiting Vail with your family, the GoPro Mountain Games are not to be missed. June 7-10th Vail Village will be energized with exciting events for the young and the young-at-heart comprised of adventure sports, art, and music. There are multiple events happening each day throughout the day. Here are just a few of our suggestions:
Kayak Freestyle – The White Water Rodeo
June 7th: 3:30-5:00pm
This exciting event takes place in the heart of Vail Village in the Gore Creek. Each kayaker has a timed run to throw his best cartwheels, loops, tricky-wu’s, phonics monkeys, space godzilla’s and more in an attempt to impress the judges and the crowd for the highest combined score. Each competitor will have 1 minute to use their skills and athleticism in the park to try and score the most points possible. Click here for other kayak events.
June 8th 4:00-6:00pm
Raft Cross is a raft race (two-person rafts) on the Class II / III whitewater of Gore Creek in Vail Village. Two-person teams will have a chance to showcase their speed, agility, and aggression in a timed qualifying run through the heart of Vail Village on Gore Creek. Teams will then be placed in “race pods” of no more than three teams to go head to head in the Vail Whitewater Park (1/10th of a mile). The winner(s) advance to the next round. Along the way, rafters will have to navigate no less than 2 upstream gates and don’t forget; RAMMING IS ALLOWED.
DockDogs Extreme Vertical
Saturday, June 9th 3:00pm
If Big Air is the long jump of dog competition, Extreme Vertical is the high jump. A bumper is suspended ten feet above the water and the pup sprints down the dock, jumping up at the end in an effort to grab the toy. The dog with the highest measured jump is the winner.
The Zen Zone
June 10th 9:00am, 11:30am
Where your chakras and favorite events align. Zen Zone is the heart center of mountain yoga and is located on the vibrant fields of Ford Park. Serious, casual, and new yogis shouldn’t miss out on the variety of classes offered throughout the weekend. Sign up for one class or a full access pass, but be sure to pre-register here. first and remember to pick up your wristband at Golden Peak before heading to Ford Park. Remember to bring sunscreen and water and know that the yoga events will happen rain or shine. Limited mats will be available so best to bring your own if you have it.
Free concerts at Ford Amphitheater
Thursday, June 7th: 7:15pm and 8:45pm
Friday, June 8th and Saturday, June 9th at 6:00pm, 7:15pm, and 9:00pm
Enjoy multiple FREE concerts at Ford Amphitheater feature bands like Brother’s Keeper playing heart and sole rock n roll or Bonfire Dub’s powerful blend of original songs with rich melodies. For the full line up click here.
A fundamental part of the mountain lifestyle. It represents the environment that spectators and athletes live and play in every day. The Mountain Games combine artistic influences with competition and foster the arts through film, photography, and random expressions of on-site art throughout the event.
Photos provided by the Vail Valley Foundation.