VAIL - The Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer returns to Vail February 8-10 for its second year, building on the success of its inaugural year with an additional night of free music added to its Bud Light Mountains of Music entertainment lineup.
As part of the Mountain Games' celebration of winter mountain lifestyle and adventure sports, free entertainment will kick off on Feb. 7, with Ana Sia and Kraddy at Thursday night's kickoff party at Checkpoint Charlie, starting at 7:30 p.m. One of the west coast's most celebrated DJs, San Francisco Bay Area-based Ana Sia is known for not only energizing the dance floor, but consistently breaking new sounds from all over the world. Ana Sia has gone from rocking house parties to huge festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival and others by stylistically staying two steps ahead of the game.
She will be joined on Feb. 7 by Kraddy, a Los Angeles-based electronic-music producer known for bringing an undiluted sound of the underground to new audiences. From his work as a founding member of the infamous Glitch Mob to his groundbreaking solo work, Kraddy (born Matthew Kratz) has always been known for shattering genre conventions while moving crowds everywhere from Red Rocks to L.A.'s famed Low End Theory club.
"The Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer are an extension of our longer-lived summer mountain games, and we're excited to bring the Winter Mountain Games into its second and biggest year yet," said Michael Imhof, senior vice president of sales and operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. "By kicking things off on Thursday night this year, we hope to add even more excitement and entertainment for our locals and guests participating in the event."
Colorado favorite the Flobots will hit the Checkpoint Charlie stage Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Known best for its catchy hits like "Handlebars," the band is made up of visionary emcees who join forces with a groove-fusing rhythm section and classically trained violist for a sound that explores and expands the frontiers of live hip-hop. Progressive in both style and message, the band's ability to drop from symphonic rock-infused crescendos into stripped-down string-laden breakbeats has earned Flobots a reputation for both originality and authenticity.
Headlining the weekend on Feb. 9 night at 7:30 p.m. at Gold Peak will be John Brown's Body with its unique reggae sound. Incorporating dub, drum and bass, dancehall, hip hop and other musical explorations, the eight-piece band's explosive live show boasts super heavy rhythms, a three-piece horn section and air-tight drum and bass.
The Winter Mountain Games will include an interactive expo area and a dozen winter sport competitions in Nordic skiing, ice climbing, snowshoe racing, snow biking, ski mountaineering, telemark skiing and more. Highlights of the 2013 include head-to-head ice climbing competitions, the country's largest ski mountaineering race, on-snow mountain bike races, and a big air competition with bikers and telemark skiers flying simultaneously off huge snow jumps. All competitions feature pro and amateur divisions.
Registration for the 2013 Winter Mountain Games is available online at http://www.mountaingames.com/winter/register.aspx. Follow @MountainGames on Twitter and Mountain Games on Facebook for updates and additions.