Deadline to sign up for Vail Resort’s Epic Race fast approaching
It’s your last chance to get in on a once-in-a-lifetime challenge: Visit every Vail Epic Pass-affiliated resort across the globe in a single season and win a lifetime Epic Pass.
Registration for the Epic Race to ski the world ends Sunday, Nov. 17.
The Epic Race challenges Epic Pass holders to ski or ride all 26 Vail-affiliated mountains in five U.S. states — Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe, Minnesota and Michigan — and in Switzerland, France and Austria.
The first 10 participants to complete the adventure win a lifetime Epic Pass.
Vail Resorts officials said the contestants are turning out to be as unique as the race itself.
“Their stories have been blowing us away,” said Russ Pecoraro, Vail resorts communications representative.
The list of Epic Racers includes father-and-son teams from Park City, Utah, and Louisville, Colo., who want to spend serious bonding time over their shared passion; a man from Denver who has run for president of the United States, holds multiple Guinness World Records and has been SCUBA diving with sharks; and a student at Colorado State University who is currently studying in France.
There’s also a woman from New Jersey whose second date with Mr. Right will be the Epic Race, and a couple from Lake Tahoe, Calif., who got engaged at Heavenly Mountain Resort and will use the race as the honeymoon they never took. There’s also a 47-year-old airline pilot from Atlanta, Ga., who’s out to prove that older guys have still got it by doing a board slide in the terrain park of every mountain.
“The level of involvement has surpassed our expectations for sure,” Pecoraro said. “We thought it was a cool deal and something fun for people to think about or talk about it, but we weren’t sure how many people were actually going to sign up.”
Pecoraro said he thinks the global aspect of the race makes it a challenge not to miss.
“The resorts in Europe provide a different kind of experience, and I think that’s what really made the promotion into a ‘must do’ for people,” he said.
Racers will be asked to document and share their experience at each resort they visit to be eligible to win.
Pecoraro said it will be interesting to see the different routes people take to visit each resort. Opening days will play a pivotal role in the challenge, he added.
“I think the team that is ultimately going to do well is one that has a plan but can alter and change course as needed.”
Each team will need to buy an Epic Pass to participate. The race officially begins Nov. 22.
“Some families are doing it just to say they did it,” said Pecoraro. Others have their eye on the prize.
Registration information for the race is available at http://epicrace.epicpass.com.
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