Winter Mountain Games to Host Winter Mountain Bike National Championships

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The second annual Winter Mountain Games is taking place during Feb 8-11 in Vail Colorado. They have a slew of outdoor events going on, including biking, and this is the inaugural year for the X-Country mountain bike race (a.k.a. Fat Bikes), so you can be the first crowned Winter Mountain Bike National Champion. Anyone want to try their luck at that?

Winter in the Rockies will never be the same as professional and amateur athletes converge on the mountains and villages of Vail for a celebration of adventure sports, music, art and the great outdoors. The second annual Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer features competitions in mixed climbing, biking events,  Nordic and telemark skiing, ski mountaineering and snowshoe racing with $60,000 in prize money on the line, along with a one-day vertical challenge in Vail’s legendary Back Bowls. The winter festival in Vail comes to life with free concerts, films, photo comp an interactive expo area, demo events and of course – dogs. The Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.

For the biking aficionados we have On-Snow Bike Crit, XC Mountain Biking, Dual Slalom Biking and Best Trick Bike (a.k.a. Big Air). Although the big prize money is in the Big Air Comp, with a whopping $10K for the total purse, the others will help pay for the weekend, and the 1st place men and women in the 20k XC MTB race get a 9:zero:7 bike frame. Free live music will be Ana Sia & Kraddy, the Flobots and John Brown’s Body.

Bike Schedule:

XC MTB (10k & 20k)- Friday Feb 8th
Crit (Fat Bike & MTB Divisions)- Saturday Feb 9th
Dual Salom – Sunday Feb 10th
Big Air Final – Sunday Feb 10th




Winter Mountain Games to Host Winter Mountain Bike National Championships

The 2013 Winter Mountain Games will offer up four winter mountain bike events over two days and crown several national champions.

With four different on-snow cycling events over the course of two days, the 2013 Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer invites winter cyclists to take part in the country’s largest celebration of riding on snow, February 8-10 in Vail.  In addition to providing athletes with multiple opportunities to compete, this year’s Winter Mountain Games also offers the chance to ride for the inaugural title of Winter Mountain Bike National Champion.

The Vail Valley Foundation expanded the cycling competitions of the sophomore edition of the Winter Mountain Games, adding Cross Country Mountain Biking to the 2013 schedule, along with the traditional On-Snow Bike Crit, Dual Slalom Bike and Best Trick Bike events.  Each of the mountain bike events at the 2013 Winter Mountain Games will crown a men’s and women’s National Champion.

“We are excited to expand our Winter Mountain Games cycling options with the addition of the Cross Country event, while also providing the opportunity to be crowned National Champion,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “Going back to the World Mountain Bike Championships in 1994 and 2001, Vail has played host to some of the best mountain bike races in the world. With the growing popularity of ‘fatbikes’ and racing bikes on the snow, we’re pleased to now offer some of the biggest and best winter mountain bike races in the country.”

The new Cross Country event will debut on Friday afternoon, February 8, combining with Saturday’s On-Snow Bike Crit to comprise the endurance events. On Sunday, February 10, the Dual Slalom Bike competition will return to Golden Peak, along with the most anticipated event of the weekend, the Best Trick Bike competition. Registration is now open for all events at

The new Cross Country race will take place at the Vail Nordic Center on Friday afternoon with a 3 p.m. start time. Both the Dual Slalom Bike and On-Snow Bike Crit will take place on Vail Mountain at Golden Peak starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Best Trick Bike competition on Saturday night will once again offer terrific spectating opportunities, getting underway at 6:30 p.m. at the Golden Peak base area as marquis athletes, including last year’s silver medalist, Mike Montgomery, take turns throwing down their best aerial tricks off a huge ramp, battling for a share of the $10,000 purse. The evening entertainment continues after the competition with a live reggae performance by John Brown’s Body.

The 2013 Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.  For more information on the Winter Mountain Games, visit

About the Vail Valley Foundation

The Vail Valley Foundation is charged with enriching the Vail Valley and sustaining its unique spirit through the delivery of unparalleled arts, world-class athletics and inspiring education programs throughout the community.  For additional information on the Foundation, visit


About Eddie Bauer

Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells sportswear, outerwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style and customer service. Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately 400 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Japan, through catalog sales and online at Eddie Bauer is proud to be named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 40 companies so named in the United States.

Source – Mike Shea

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.


  • Kayla says:

    would you need to bring a bmx bike if you were to bike ride up at boyne mountain.

  • dana says:

    I will not spend $50 for an open class race, or basically a donation to the purse. I would love to do this Mtb race, I am very competitive and a top contender in my masters expert group but open class just doesn’t have any appeal to me. Please consider recognizing some breakdown of age groups, I’m sure you will fill the field, but it will be mostly of the younger segment. That’s fine, it’s your gig, too bad for the masters though !

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