Vail GoPro Games Moving Ahead with June Dates, Athlete Registration Opens April 9


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The GoPro Mountain Games are officially on for June 10-13, 2021.

“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 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.”

First of all, say organizers, this will be a little bit different than years’ past. “We are going to focus on athletes, music, and multimedia experiences in this iteration of the event. The spectator aspects are expected to be curtailed, and in some cases eliminated, due to ongoing public health restrictions,” they said in a statement.

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.

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The first thing paddlers should expect when registering to compete at an event at the 2021 GoPro Mountain Games is that you will be coming to Vail and running, pedaling, paddling, etc. with actual people, this is not a virtual format. You will be launching from an actual start line, crossing an actual finish line and celebrating with actual people (and dogs!).

After your competition, you can bask in the glory of a beautiful summer in the Colorado Rockies, and in the evenings you can check out the live music at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in-person (limited tickets will be available) or by live stream.

Also, don’t be surprised that while you may have been having a stay-at-home Netflix marathon and pandemic pizza party with yourself every night over the last year, many of your fellow competitors have invested several hours a week getting into razor sharp shape. That means you’d better get off the couch and start training right now.

Public health rules and limitations are expected to still be in play as the Vail Valley (and the world) navigates what we’re all hoping is the last leg of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, the 2021 Mountain Games are happening.

Kayak, raft & SUP:

There will be no Steep Creek kayak race this year, nor any 8 Ball or SUP/Raft-cross races, but freestyle and downriver are going to rip. These comps will unfold one paddler (or raft or SUP) at a time, and competitors will be asked to socially distance and wear masks at the start and finish lines (up until the point when their watercraft is in the water).

Running & biking events:

We are expecting that all participants will practice physical distancing from other competitors and wear a face covering until the starting gun sounds, as well as after crossing the finish line, but you will be able to take your mask off during competition. The Ultimate Mountain Challenge competition is not happening this time around, so … no holding back in each individual race!

Disc golf:

Disc golfers will need to wear their face coverings in the common areas and in the player meeting, but can take them off on course. Naturally distanced and good to go!

Fly fishing:

Anglers are expected to need to wear their masks during competition and physically distance to the best of their abilities while in their boats.


We are expecting to ask that yoga participants will wear their face coverings until their physically-distanced class begins (there’s plenty of room at Ford Park’s Lower Bench!).

Art & photography:

We are expecting that photographers will be required to wear face coverings when working in close quarters, and practice social distancing while getting their shots. Media credentials will be required to enter venue areas, and capacities will be limited.

DockDog comps:

All dog events will take place in Vail (more details coming soon!). Competing human/dog duos will socially-distance and wear face coverings. We may not be able to welcome spectators to the DockDogs venue. If that changes, then the spectator area will be capacity-limited.

Virtual events & Outside TV:

Not able to make it to Vail this year to (re)-live the dream? You can still connect and compete from wherever you are with virtual contest options (more info coming soon!), music livestreams, and of course the awesome live coverage each evening of the event from Outside TV.

Registration for 2021 live events will be capped to a limited number of participants, so signing up early is the way to go.

The bottom line is this: expect the 2021 GoPro Mountain Games to be a complete and total blast, say organizers. It’s going to be an experience you appreciate more than ever before. This summer’s Mountain Games will feed your soul like none other.


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