The best all-around mountain experience anywhere in the world returns to Vail when the GoPro Mountain Games get under way June 4-7, 2020.

Thousands of pro and amateur adventure athletes sign up each year and converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in 11 disciplines and more than 30 competitions including kayaking, running, slackline, DockDogs, trail running, mountain and road cycling, climbing, photography and more.

All of it is capped by the big contest for who is the toughest mountain warrior of theme all in the GMC Ultimate Mountain Challenge. UMC athletes compete all weekend long, racking up points based on how many events they can finish, difficulty level, and how well they place, with prize money going to the top four males and females of the weekend.

The competitions are just the beginning. The event also features the GoPro Mountains of Music FREE concert series throughout the weekend. There are also a host of kids activities and events, a series of yoga sessions, food vendors, art exhibitions, and the incredible L.L.Bean Gear Town: featuring more than 130 of the outdoor industry’s top brands and including tons of giveaways and activities.

The Mountain Games are a project of the non-profit Vail Valley Foundation, which has a mission to enhance quality of life in the Vail Valley through arts, athletics, and education.


Since 1981 the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation has been committed to providing leadership in athletic, cultural, educational and community-based endeavors to enhance and sustain the quality of life in the Vail Valley for its residents and guests.

From annual programs such as the Vail Dance Festival, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Vail Free Concert Series, Mountain Games, America’s Winter Opening and World Cup Ski Racing to major international events such as the 2001 World Mountain Bike Championships and the 1989, 1999, and 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships, the Vail Valley Foundation is committed to keeping this community vital and exciting.

The Vail Valley Foundation currently provides support for a variety of educational programs through the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365.

In addition, the VVF actively supports other nonprofit organizations by annually distributing grants to partners making the Vail Valley a better place to live, work, and visit.