There is so much going on this week in Vail for the Teva Mountain Games that it's hard to know where to begin. That's why we've put together this short list of the events you won't want to miss. Here you go:
Bud Light Lime Steep Creek Championship - Location: Homestake Creek - Thursday, 6/4 - Time Trials start 10am
If you have a vehicle to get there, the Homestake race is definitely one of the most extreme events to watch during the games. Homestake Creek drops 480 feet per mile (that's FAST in whitewater terms) and features gnarly drops like Leap of Father through the narrow 1/4 mile section that is the race course. The objective is simple - the fastest time through the course wins. Drive just past charming town of Redcliff to the parking area and walk to any number of vantage points along the course. Scenery is spectacular and the kayakers will put on a great show. Afterwards, venture to Mango's in Redcliff for the awards ceremony and some of their world-famous fish tacos.
Eukanuba DockDogs Speed Retrieve & Big Air Comps - Location: Golden Peak - Friday & Saturday, 6/5 & 6 - throughout day
Both professionals and amateur dog/ human teams compete in these popular events. In speed retrieve, the dog with the fastest time off the dock to the duck at the far end of the pool wins. In big air, the dog with the longest jump into the pool wins. These events never fail to entertain!
Bud Light Lime 8 Ball Kayak Sprint - Location: Vail Village - Sunday, 6/7 - 11:30am & 2:30pm
Think NASCAR in a kayak. Up to 10 kayakers will muscle their way down the 200-meter course on Gore Creek and their competitors are not the only ones to out to get them. A group of "8 ball ers" hide along the course to attack the sprinters and hinder their progress. They clearly relish that job. It is one of the zaniest and most fun events to watch!
Teva Raft Cross - Location: Vail Village - Sunday, 6/7 - 10am & 1:30pm
Two person teams paddle catarafts down Gore Creek in a race against the clock and their competitors. As many as 3 teams may be on the course at a time, which tests speed, agility and aggression. Contact is encouraged and teams are free to try to take each other out in their quest to get across the finish line first.
IFSC Bouldering World Cup - Location: Vista Bahn yard, Saturday 6/6 - 11am & 3:45pm
The International Federation of Sport Climbing will once again host its World Cup at the Teva Mountain Games and it is one of the biggest spectator events at the games. Climbers from all over the world will test their skill on the massive climbing wall at the base of Vail Mountain. The event receives national television coverage and big cash prizes, so is definitely one not to be missed.
Sobe Slopestyle Big Air - Location: Golden Peak, Sunday, 6/7 - 11am & 2pm
Bikers are rarely touching the ground in this freestyle bike comp and you'll be amazed at some of the stunts they can pull!
Bud Light Mountains of Music - Location: Vail Village, 6/4 - 6 - 6pm each day
FREE concerts every night in Vail Village at Checkpoint Charlie. Need I say more? I will anyway. Thursday features Tamarama (Australian "beach" music...folk, rock & reggae). Friday features Meese (dynamic electronic rock) and special guest The Pete Kilpatrick Band (one of the best kept secrets on the Indie scene). Mountains of Music wraps up Saturday night with Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones (funk, soul, doo-wop and swing).
While these are - in my opinion - the best spectator events, there is so much more to see at the games. Gear Town, Bear Naked Adventure Village, Teva X-1 Fun Mud Run, X-Stream Fly Fishing, GNC Ultimate Mountain Challenge, Photo Competition, Film Festival, nightlife and much, much more. Hope you enjoy the country's largest celebration of mountain sports, soul and culture this week in Vail, Colorado!