Posted by: Ross Leonhart
The Winter Mountain Games came roaring back as the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation hosted this wintertime iteration of mountain culture, arts, music, lifestyle, and competition Feb. 25-27, 2022 in Vail .
Free concerts brought warmth and dancing to the wintertime streets at the Solaris Concert Stage, the USA Skimo Championships made headlines as the sport gears up for its Olympic debut in 2026, and athletes, art, music and mountains were once again made part of the Mountain Games winter/summer series for the first time since the Vail Valley Foundation held the wintertime version of the event in 2013.
“I had never personally experienced a Winter Mountain Games, but I’ve been at almost every one of the summertime Mountain Games, and this was absolutely above and beyond anything I thought it would be,” said Tom Boyd, spokesperson for the Vail Valley Foundation, which also hosts the summertime GoPro Mountain Games each year.
“Together with our partners, we have been planning this event during a pandemic, so everything has an added level of uncertainty and complexity. It all came together beautifully, we couldn’t be more proud, and we can’t wait to bring together an elevated version of the event in 2023,” Boyd said. “We are so grateful to our partners at the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, and all of our sponsors, athletes, fans, and supporters who came together to help create a tremendous amount of joy in a time when we all can really benefit from having something to celebrate.”
The Winter Mountain Games are planned to return to Vail in winter, 2023. Registration is OPEN for the summertime GoPro Mountain Games June 7-12, 2022.
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