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Aspen may host the Winter X Games, but Vail hosts the biggest summer party in outdoor adventure sports and mountain living. What started in 2002 as TEVA Mountain Games with just 500 athletes and 12,000 spectators has now ballooned (and renamed GoPro Mountain Games) to over 3,300 competitors with over 83,000 spectators (in 2019)! For even more excitement, each year there is a little surprise as they continue to add competitions and disciplines. For the GoPro Mountain Games 2022, they are launching the MTB Dual Slalom.
The most unique events to attend at GoPro Mountain Games 2022
With over 20 different competitions in over a dozen disciplines, this spectacular event includes cross-country mountain biking, trail running, kayaking, SUP, disc golf, slacklining, fly fishing, DockDogs and even photography. The options are endless! So, what events should you focus on if it’s your first time attending this big party?
Come watch your 4-legged friends get extreme too!!
This is considered the most popular spectator event during the annual extravaganza. Best furry friends get as extreme as their partners. Dock jumping, also known as dock diving, is a canine sport in which dogs compete by jumping for distance or height from a dock into a body of water. The GoPro Mountain Games are also part of the National Sportsmen Series. From dog duels, where canine competitors are paired between different docks, to big air and fetch, this event is thrilling to watch in person!
If you can’t make it to the Mountain Games, don’t worry! There are canine sporting events taking place all over the United States throughout the summer season.
Steep Creek Championships!
Even before the 2002 TEVA Games, the Mountain Games were originally the Jeep Whitewater Festival. At that time, the emphasis was on kayaking. The soul of the event is still in the rushing rapids of Homestake Creek, pure to its roots. Even though the race is for experienced kayakers only, the ¼ mile stretch of creek near Red Cliff is extremely spectator friendly. With the nickname of their rapids “Leap of Faith” and “Piece of S**t”, you KNOW it’s a good time to watch. It’s not the only aquatic event either. Keep your eyes peeled for raft sprints, kayak cross country and many more sensational extravaganzas.
North American Cup Series
Climbing is the quintessence of an international sport. Almost every major event takes place outside of the United States in exotic locations around the world. So it should come as no surprise that GoPro Mountain Games is offering bouldering competition starting Friday with qualifying rounds, leading to a final on Saturday for the record books.
Dual MTB Slalom
If you’re attending the start of the GoPro Mountain Games 2022 festival (Tuesday and Wednesday), be sure to head for the bike slalom. In its first year, this will feature head-to-head racing as two riders race through the Minturn Bike Park. A differential is taken from rider to rider, then riders switch sides and race again until the top three stand on the podium. Be prepared for tight berms, big rolls and thrilling jumps!
When: June 7 to 12, 2022
Where: Vail Colorado
Cost: FREE to watch