GoPro Mountain Games 6.10 - 6.13.21
Words by Elliot Siff Photography
Each June the GoPro Mountain Games event brings athletes, art, music and mountains together in Vail, Colorado drawing 2,000+ pro and amateur athletes in 12+ disciplines and 30+ events such as whitewater events, dog jumping competitions, bicycling, slack lining, running and much more. During the Gopro Mountain games the town of Vail gets a chance to showcase all it has to offer with live music in the streets and venues, adventure competitions and demonstrations, gear and product demos in “Gear Town” and so much more. It's a glorious and inspiring weekend with something to offer for anyone with adventure and entertainment around each bend.
Music always plays a key role in the Gopro Mountain Games and this year was no different. On Thursday evening Yonder Mountain String Band played at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater for their first “real”, non socially distanced, sold out concert since the pandemic took hold. The energy from the band and crowd was off the charts. During the days two stages offer up great free music right by all of the events. Unique collaborations and Colorado bands played in the hot summer sun as folks saw everything on offer. These shows felt like “only in Colorado” moments, with artists from bands like Dark Star Orchestra, Circles Around the Sun, The Motet and more casually playing amazing tunes on a beautiful afternoon.
Having now been in Vail to experience all this event/weekend has to offer, I couldn't imagine missing the unique and fun variety of events and entertainment that overtakes Vail each year for the GoPro Mountain Games presented b the Vail Valley Foundation. It's a special, truly Colorado experience.