Teva Mountain Games – Winter 2012

Every summer for the past decade locals and visitors to the Vail Valley have gathered to watch some of the world’s toughest athletes compete in the Teva Mountain Games. It’s an amazing four days of atheletes, art and music that all takes place in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. For the first time this winter, the inaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games descended on Vail February 10 – 12, 2012.

Eddie Bauer Ski Mountaineering – Winter Teva 2012

Expanding on the wildly popular summer events, the first ever Winter Teva Mountain Games featured some unbelievable competitions including a Dual Slalom Bike event, a Mixed Climbing event, Ski Mountaineering, 5K & 10K Nordic Freestyle races 5K & 10K X-Country Showshoe races, the Ultimate Mountain Challenge and the Seven Wonders of Vail.

Eddie Bauer Mixed Climbing – Winter Teva 2012

In addition to these incredible comps, Winter Teva featured the Teva Best Trick Bike and the Telemark Big Air –  a evening event on a huge snow feature on Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak. Pro telemark skiing and slopestyle athletes competed side-by-side in a dueling trick session where huge flames ignited the Colorado night sky.

Teva Big Air Bike presented by Thule – Winter Teva 2012

I was so excited to shoot for the Vail Valley Foundation, the driving force behind the Teva Mountain Games, and to be part of the historic inaugural winter games. As the purple light of evening turned to night on the first day of the winter competition, we were blessed with some fresh powder to kick off the weekend. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

Avalanche Dog – Winter Teva 2012

In addition to the competitions there were tons of things to check out like outdoor adventure movies, nightly live concerts and gear demos from some of the top brands in the winter sports industry including two of my favorite snowboard companies – Winterstick Snowboards and Jones Snowboards. Just before the Mixed Climbing finals I was in awe watching members of the Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Patrol with their avalanche dogs who performed a simulated search and rescue for kids and adults who volunteered to get buried in the snow to get found.

Snow – Winter Teva 2012

If you were at the inaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games you know how awesome it was and if you weren’t, you absolutely need to put it on your calendar for next winter.