VAIL, Colorado - After spending the morning training at Copper, Lindsey Vonn set the pace for the new Epic Mix Racing program Tuesday at Golden Peak in Vail.
Vonn was swarmed by fans upon her arrival at Golden Peak, and took a few minutes to sign autographs and pose for pictures before boarding the Riva Bahn Express.
"It's great to see all the kids out here so excited about ski racing," Vonn said. "Great to meet the future generation."
One group of fans excited to get pictures with Vonn were visiting Golden Peak with Sports Club International, a race camp organization founded by Aldo Radamus, executive director of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.
Georgie Sullivan, 10, from San Francisco, and her parents, Adrianna and Bobby, are spending their first Thanksgiving in Vail after discovering the camp. They're staying with friends, Eagle-Vail locals Fred and Kelly Pope.
The Sullivans had no idea Lindsey Vonn would be at Golden Peak while they were there Thursday.
"It's pretty exciting to be here for this," Bob Sullivan said.
Amid all the hype surrounding Vonn, Kelly Sullivan noticed another skier her daughter would be excited to see, Maria Riesch.
After swarming Vonn for a few minutes, Sullivan and her friends - Monique Fellows, 11, Grace Krsul, 11, and Isabella Griepp, 10 - sprinted over to Riesch for a few quick photos.
"I got an autograph from Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch!" Georgie Sullivan said.
While Riesch was slalom training, Vonn was clearing the stubby-like gates on the Epic Mix Racing course, setting the pace for the new Vail Resorts feature.
Epic Mix Racing, set to debut Dec. 15, will let you compare your times on various giant slalom courses set up at the Vail Resorts' hills to the time Vonn set at Golden Peak on Tuesday.
To use EpicMix racing, guests ski up to the start gate at those courses, purchase and register for their races using their credit card or resort charge. To support Vonn's commitment to giving back to the skiing community for future generations, Vail Resorts will donate 1 percent of all revenue to create scholarships at Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and other ski racing clubs at its resorts for aspiring young ski racers.
As part of Vail Resorts' "Lindsey Vonn Race Series," all skiers and riders will be ranked based on their best 10 races of the season. The top racers from across the six resorts will be invited to a grand finale event in April, hosted by Vonn, on the world-famous Birds of Prey World Cup Course at Beaver Creek. Vonn also will provide race tips throughout the season, which will be featured on the Web and mobile applications.
For each race, digital medals of gold, silver and bronze will be awarded through the EpicMix application, based upon the skier's age, gender and discipline. Kids will also earn physical medals after each race.
EpicMix will adjust each racer's time for age, gender and discipline and compare that to the time set by Vonn and assign each racer a "seconds behind Lindsey" score for each race.
EpicMix Racing will be integrated into the EpicMix dashboard and will feature a special EpicMix Racing section to track your overall race times, points and medals on EpicMix.com. Vail Resorts guests can also see how their results stack up against other skiers on their social networks.
Racers of all ages can participate in the Lindsey Vonn Race Series by completing 10 races in the 2012-13 season.