The 12th annual GoPro Mountain Games, with a new title sponsor, takes over Vail June 6-9, where more than 3,000 amateur and professional athletes will participate in nine sports and 25 disciplines for more than $100,000 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 GoPro Mountain Games include the only International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Bouldering event in the U.S. The finals take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 8 on the climbing wall at Vail’s Golden Peak—where Austrians Anna Stohr and Killian Fischhuber will look to three-peat the IFSC World Cup event in Vail.
The slopestyle bike competition goes down at 6 p.m. on June 7 and will be a silver-level event on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour. This event gives amateur riders a chance to compete against pros like Chad Kagy, Sam Pilgrim and Mike Montgomery.
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 top eight professional slackliners, including Andy Lewis, the slackliner famous for his Super Bowl XLVI performance with Madonna, will battle head-to-head for the title of 2013 World Slackline Federation World Champion on June 8 and 9.
On June 8, some of the country’s best mountain bikers will race Vail’s trails, including 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and three-time Mountain Games champion, Georgia Gould and Olympians and national champions like Todd Wells and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski.
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. And the festival will include nightly free concerts. Stop by the MountainGetaway booth for free swag and the chance to win one of two watches from Momentum—the M1 Deep 6 or the Vortech GMT. You can also enter to win a Vail vacation complete with lodging and golf from the Vail Valley Partnership.
NBC Sports will be featuring three different one-hour telecasts of the GoPro Mountain Games, on Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m. EST, Wednesday, July 2 at 4 p.m. EST and Wednesday, July 9 at 5 p.m. EST. Check out a video preview of the 2013 GoPro Mountain Games below...