Summer's a "Go" at the GoPro Games
It was still a couple of weeks before the solstice, but under sunny Colorado skies certainly close enough to call it summer. With snow just starting to melt on the the high peaks, the mountain folk of Vail rolled out an alpine carpet to welcome over 50,000 visitors to the GoPro Mountain Games that took place over four days.
There were competitions for amateurs and pros that celebrated the fun of being outdoors and, for some, extreme athletic challenge. From the art of fly fishing casting, to the muck of a mud run, visitors heard mountain bikes whiz by, and hoots as kayakers did full flips on the whitewater.
At night everyone was in a party mode with concerts, and throughout the days there was a half mile of exhibits ranging from energy bars to. . .Winnebagos. This year Winnebago showed up with a fire engine red Travato loaded with Jackson Kayaks on the roof and Orion Coolers underneath the awning. The Travato saw a steady stream of visitors who were both impressed at the van's long list of features and surprised by it's youthful European vibe. Many echoed the same comment that, "this sure isn't your grandparent's Winnebago."
Here's a closer look through the eyes of Instagrammers at the GoPro Mountain Games:
GoLife contributor Kathy Holcombe and Winnebago Marketing Manager Kelli Harms, get ready for a full day of tours and questions about the Travato
Abby Holcombe, GoLife's youngest contributor, balances on a motorized one-wheel skateboard.
There's still plenty of snow on the Gore Range and plenty of fast run-off for the kayak crowd.
Catching air at 8,150' feet seems just a little extra exhilarating.
Defying gravity at the Gold Peak mountain bike stunt course.
An ice skating rink in winter, becomes a slackline arena in summer.
A delicate balance across the slackline.
And what are all these people watching?
They're watching world-class climbers bust moves like Spiderman -- without special effects.
Greeting the morning with a yoga class in front of Solaris.
Winnebago's Kelli Harms gets - and hears - a rush near a Gore Creek cascade.
Do dogs fly? They sure do at the always popular dock dogs competition.
It's ultimate fetch as the crowd cheers the canine contestants.
A hot shower is next after the icy mud run.
Up the hill. The mountain bike competition begins.
Junior mountain bikers get a race all their own.
Paddleboarding rapids? Of course, it's the GoPro Mountain games.
Kayak competition in the heart of Vail through GoLife contributor Peter Holcombe's lens.
A blast from the past as this Winnebago Rialta was spotted in Vail.