Teva Mountain Games Come to Vail June 3-6

Outdoor athletes of all types—trail runners, kayakers, rock climbers, mountain bikers and more—will compete at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, on June 3-6. Come to watch the competition or sign up for an event yourself. Here's how. *Check out our awesome wrap-up gallery from the event: http://www.skinet.com/skiing/competition/2010/06/teva-mountain-games-2010
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2010 Teva Mountain Games Wrap (Gallery)

Teva Mountain Games 2010

Teva Mountain Games 2010 Vail’s sixth annual summer celebration of mountain sports and music (June 3-6, 2010) showcased world-class athleticism and loads of family fun.

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Highlights from the Teva Mountain Games

A weekend of biking, paddling, and running just wrapped in Vail, Colorado. Here are the highlights from the 2011 Teva Mountain Games.

Held at the International Bridge right in the Vail village, the whitewater rodeo is one of the most exciting events to watch. Guys like Eric Jackson and Stephen Wright show off tricks that they invented, while teenage young guns proove just how big they can McNasty. Finals are Saturday at 4:15. Contenders: The Jackson family is always a threat.  Emily has won the women’s division of the event for the last six years in a row, and in the men’s department EJ, Dane, and Nick Troutman, her dad, brother, and husband respectively, are all strong competitors.Beta: Try to get a spot upstream of the bridge for prime viewing. And keep an eye on stream flows. Rising river levels could mean that the event is cancelled.

Paddling the Teva Mountain Games

This weekend’s Teva Mountain Games in Vail started as a local Memorial Day whitewater festival more than 15 years ago. These days it’s morphed into one of the largest multi-sport bonanzas in the country. Despite the addition of extreme fly fishing and dog jumping competitions, the river is still at the heart of the games. Here are the paddling events, people, and potential carnage to look out for.

Let’s be clear. We know skiing. It’s why we run a magazine dedicated to skiing. We like other sports too, but by no means can we claim to experts in those sports. So when we got the invite to attend the Summer Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado, we tried to take it all in and learn from the incredibly talented athletes of the unfamiliar mountain sports. Here's what we gleaned from last weekend’s Teva Mountain Games. Lesson 1: Everyone loves to watch dogs jump nearly 30 feet off a dock. Lots of dogs love to huck themselves nearly 30 feet off a dock. It is a perfectly symbiotic and entertaining relationship.

5 Lessons from the 2012 Teva Mountain Games

Reflections on summer sports we love, but don’t entirely understand.

Bobby Brown X Games

X Games: Bobby Brown wins Big Air

It's X Games time and our first post breaks down the Big Air competition.

American Keri Herman won a silver at the Winter X Games in Aspen earlier this year, and today, she earned another silver in slopestyle, thanks to her second run, which included a 540 true tail grab.

European X Games

The European X Games finished up today in Tignes, France, with the women's ski slopestyle and halfpipe and the men's ski slopestyle. North American athletes represented on the podium with Canadian and U.S. skiers winning all three of today's events. Here are photos from the day.

Sometime after watching Jason Biggs play the made-famous-by-Will-Farrell cowbell part on Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult (I was prepared for that) and before listening to Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider sing a Dave Matthews Band tune (I wasn’t prepared for that) Yukon Kornelius wowed me. The band—a collection of guys from the popular 90s groups, Barenaked Ladies, the Dave Matthews Band, Guster, and N.E.R.D.—played in Vail Friday night as part of the weeklong Vail Mountain kickoff party, Vail Snow Daze. There were plenty of other good shows and happenings throughout the week—a pub-crawl, a snow-dummy demolition derby, concerts by EVE 6, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band—but this was the one I really wanted to see. These guys have played fewer gigs since forming a year ago than I have cups of coffee in a day. I was expecting the Jason Biggs cowbell routine because he performed it with Yukon Korneli us in last year’s Warren Miller movie Children of Winter, but the barrage of heavy metal tunes played by guys with much-closer-to-pop-music backgrounds was unexpected. They pulled ‘em off—Highway to Hell, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Round and Round—and looked like they were having a blast doing it. Snider even informed the crowd on when it’s appropriate to use your index and pinkie fingers to display “heavy metal horns” as he called them. (Yes, in the presence of heavy metal legends or when listening to heavy metal songs. No, when little Johnny successfully uses the toilet for the first time.) The guys finished off the night with a metal version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. And if that wasn’t enough, Vail partygoers woke up to six inches of fresh snow the next morning. Check out the shots we got from the Snow Daze weekend. —Chris Outcalt

Dee Snider sings Dave Matthews and it Snows in Vail

We made it to Vail’s early-season kickoff party, Vail Snow Daze, just in time to catch some heavy metal and fresh snow.

The men's podium included Travis Wolfe from Telluride, Whit Boucher from Vail, and Connery Lundin from Squaw Valley. For full results, click here.

Freeskiing World Tour Telluride

The third stop on this year's Freeskiing World Tour took place in Telluride, Colorado, over the weekend. Here are some photos and results from the big-mountain competition.