The GoPro Mountain Games will descend upon Vail June 5-8, 2014, where more than 3,000 amateur and professional athletes will participate in nine sports and 25 disciplines for more than $110,000 in prize money.
Sports at the festival include slopestyle, road and mountain biking, trail running, a half marathon, kayaking, rafting, stand-up-paddling, slacklining, rock climbing and fly-fishing.
The annual Mud Run is both a participant and spectator favorite at the GoPro Mountain Games. Photo by Zach Mahone.
The slopestyle bike competition goes down at 6 p.m. on June 6 and will be a silver-level event on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour. This event gives amateur riders a chance to compete for cash prizes and show off their best tricks that are judged for style and difficulty.
The Down River Sprint is an opportunity for kayakers to show off in front of fans looking to cool off. Photo by Preston Utley.
The world’s best professional slackliners will battle head-to-head for the title of 2014 World Slackline Federation World Champion on June 6-8. An interactive slackline area will be set up for spectators to try throughout the weekend.
On June 7, some of the country’s best mountain bikers will race Vail’s trails. The spectator-friendly event will test bikers as they start at the base of Golden Peak and race up Vail Mountain. This event draws fierce competition and has one of the largest cash purses in the mountain biking world.
The Cross Country Mountain Bike Race draws competitors from far and wide to the Vail Valley. Photo by Zach Mahone.
The festival running alongside the GoPro Mountain Games includes the Outdoor Reels Film Series, Outside Adventure Film School and the Mountain Click photography competition. The family-friendly event includes free activities, like interactive exhibitions, Gear Town, demo and kid areas, along with the entertaining DockDog competitions. Bonus: The festival also serves up free concerts nightly.