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Vail Uphill


Be prepared to wear your heart (and lungs) on your sleeve as you attempt, in sub-freezing temps, to climb Vail Mountain in this mother of all races. The course takes athletes on an ascent of 2,200 feet from Lionshead to Eagle's Nest, finishing at 10,328 feet in elevation. Snowshoes, Nordic or touring skis, splitboards and other traction devices are all welcome.

Ultimate Mountain Challenge

Part of the Winter Ultimate Mountain Challenge. Are you tough enough?

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February 10, 2013

7am - (Start - All categories)

Vail Mountain
Lionshead/Gondola Yard


$35 through Feb 3rd : $40 starting Feb 4th (No Day of Registration)

All comps at the Games have limited capacity and will fill up quickly. Please register early to ensure you receive an athlete gift bag. Late or on-site registrations may not receive SWAG.


Open Men and Women - 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over
Heavy Metal Men and Women - 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over

Open Category: Sneakers, Yaktrax, Snowshoes
Heavy Metal Category: Telemark, AT, Splitboards

Mass Start 7:00am from the Lionshead Gondola


$4,000 total event prize purse!

Overall Mens & Overall Womens Categories
1st  - $900    
2nd - $600
3rd -  $350
4th -  $150

Prize money will be allocated to the first four men and first four women to cross the finish line regardless of their category. There won't be prize money allocated to each specific category individually.

Organizers reserve the right to change/alter these prizes.


All athletes, even those pre-registering on-line must sign liability and release waivers when checking in to receive their number.  We advise all athletes check in for their event the day prior to competing or at least two (2) hours prior to the start of their competition.  Event Registration is in the Grand View Room at the Southwest corner of the Lionshead Parking Structure.

All athletes must be present at check in to receive their number.  Numbers will NOT be given to friends, coaches or family members.

Organizers will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, or misdirected registrations or for registrations not received for any reason, including, without limitation, failure or malfunction of any communications network or equipment or computer software or hardware.

OPEN CATEGORY: Please wear the proper type of footwear based on race day conditions. Boots, Running Shoes, Yak-Tracks & Snowshoes are all permitted.

HEAVY METAL: Any type of ski with a metal edge is permitted; this includes both AT (All Terrain) and Telemark. Split snowboards are also allowed in this category.  Any type of skin is also permitted.

Start, 7:00 AM SHARP at the base of the gondola in Lionshead.  Mass start followed by dog division.  All dogs must be leashed and poop scooped.  Dogs will start behind the mass start.

We ask that athletes please seed themselves accordingly at the start…No tripping, shoving or horseplay will be tolerated and any athlete participating in foul play will be pulled from the course and disqualified. Beware of other skiers on the hill.  All racers with dogs must start at the back of the pack.  Dogs must be leashed at all times.  Poop must be scooped or else you will be disqualified from the race.

Athletes racing with dogs are not eligible for cash prizes. 

Course will be marked with blue or orange pin flags

Awards will take place on Sunday, February 10th, 2013 at 8:45am, Eagle's Nest third floor.  Restaurant located at the top of the Gondola. 

General Rules and Information
DIRECTIONS TO START LINE: heading West on I-70, take exit #176, take the ramp towards Lionshead.  Take a slight right turn onto the South Frontage road go .4 miles heading west.  Lionshead parking structure will be on right.  Take a ticket, 2 hours of free parking is available.  Exit the parking structure on the far end, walk west through the pedestrian village of Lionshead to the base of the gondola.
East on the I-70, take exit # 176, go ¾ around the first round about under I-70, at the next round about turn right onto the South Frontage.  Follow directions above.

ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all interested athletes regardless of state and/or country of residency.  Competitors who are under the age of 18 must register with a parent or legal guardian. Competitors must be able to attend all scheduled events.  Athletes will be required to provide all their own equipment.  Further, athletes must abide by all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations during their participation in the Winter Mountain Games®.

PARTICIPATION: Athletes agree to be bound by these Official Rules and all decisions of Organizers. Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any persons found tampering with, or otherwise abusing, any aspect of the competition as solely determined by Organizers.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Organizers will appoint judges and the decision of those judges will be final.  There will be no review of scoring / timing even with the presence of TV cameras.  Disputes with Organizers and/or appointed judges will result in disqualification of that athlete.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS: Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any athlete for any reason, including, without limitation, acting in an unsafe, unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and/or with intent to intimidate, threaten or harass, or harm another person.  All decisions with respect to the disqualification of an athlete shall be made by Organizers and/or appointed judges.  Failure to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules may result in an athlete's disqualification and the forfeiture of his/her interest in any prize. Organizers reserve the right to amend these Official Rules at any time in its sole discretion, and athletes shall have no recourse for any such changes or for any failure (whether inadvertent or otherwise) by Organizers to follow the stated rules.  In the event that the competition is canceled prior to the completion of the final event, no prizes will be awarded.  Any refunds are at the organizer's discretion.   Athletes will not be otherwise compensated for any costs or expenses associated with their participation in the competition.

ORGANIZERS: The Winter Mountain Games® will be organized and produced by staff and contractors hired from and by the Vail Valley Foundation.  The decisions of Organizers regarding the selection and elimination of athletes, the selection of finalists and winners, and the production and administration of Winter Mountain Games® related events, and all other aspects of the event, shall be final and binding in all respects. Organizers will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the event.

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