It is an announcement that mountain sports fans have been anticipating for months: The GoPro Mountain Games are officially a GO for June 10-13.
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 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.