Events

The GoPro Mountain Games are Back This Summer

With more than 15 events in professional and amateur categories, athletes can enter to win over $120K in prize money. It’s good entertainment, too.

The GoPro Mountain Games are returning to Vail, Colorado. June 10-13, 2021. With more than 15 events in professional and amateur categories, athletes can enter to win over $120K in prize money by biking, fly fishing, kayaking, SUPing, running, disc golf, and more. Yes. prize money for being great at your hobbies.

Backpacker editors competed in the past and can confirm that the races, events, and entire scene are a darn good time. “Would 10/10 do again,” says Editorial Director, Shannon Davis. 

The Mountain Games are a project of the non-profit Vail Valley Foundation, which has a mission to enhance the quality of life in the Vail Valley through arts, athletics, and education.

“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,” says Event Director, Dave Dressman. “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.

In addition to the athletic competitions, there will also be limited capacity, physically distanced, live music, outdoor yoga, art, and photo competitions. The Mountain Games also offers dog-friendly competitions for your favorite K-9 athletes, a definite crowd-favorite. 

Athlete registration is expected to open on April 9. Learn more at mountaingames.com.

Where To Stay in Vail: From resort hotels with all the bells and whistles to boutique lodges bursting with local flavor, here’s our sibling publication SKI’s top picks for lodging.

Can’t Make it? Watch from anywhere: This year the GoPro Mountain Games will provide a Daily Live Show through our friends at Outside TV as well as stream all three nights of its Mountains of Music concert series.