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Vail Cup commences Sunday with Lil’ Big Mountain and GS race, free for children

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Ski & Snowboard Club Vail presents the Vail Cup, a free community event with no membership required. The four-part Vail Cup kicks off Sunday, with other events later in January, February and March.
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Vail Cup

What: Lil’ Big Mountain and GS competitions for skier and snowboarders born in 2003 and younger.

Where: Bib pick-up takes place at Golden Peak base lodge.

When: Bib pick-up is from 8 to 9 a.m. prior to the races.

Cost: Free.

More information: Day-of registration is available. Visit www.VailCup.com.

The Steadman Clinic Vail Cup returns Sunday with Lil’ Big Mountain and giant slalom racing on Vail Mountain. This is the first installment of the four-part Vail Cup series.

The Vail Cup is a free community event organized by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail for skiers and snowboarders born in 2003 and after. There is no cost to participate, and a Ski & Snowboard Club Vail membership is not required. Buddy Werner, BEVO, DEVO and independents are all welcome. Participants should be at a minimum comfortable skiing or snowboarding a blue run, but no competition experience is necessary.

“The Vail Cup is a tremendous opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate ski and snowboard competition in a fun, welcoming environment,” Kirk Dwyer, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail executive director, said. “The series is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of competitive disciplines with the hope that they may discover something they are truly passionate about.”

‘No cost to families’

In 1963, the newly formed Ski Club Vail hosted its first Rocky Mountain Ski Association race. More than 50 years later, the Vail Cup was reimagined as a children’s competition series encompassing many of the programs offered by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.

“Thanks to the support of the Steadman Clinic, Alpine Bank and other community partners, we are able to provide this experience to local children at no cost to the families,” Dwyer said. “One of our top priorities at SSCV is to make participation in competitive snowsports as accessible as possible, and the Vail Cup is an ideal first step in that effort.”

After Sunday’s Lil’ Big Mountain and GS competitions, the series rolls on with slopestyle and halfpipe competitions on Jan. 27, another GS and moguls on Feb. 17 and the GS finale on March 24.

Daily awards take place one hour after the conclusion of each day’s competition with seasonlong awards given out at the finale on March 24.

All participants must provide their own lift ticket or season pass.

For more information or to register in advance, visit http://www.vailcup.com. Bib pick-up will take place in the Golden Peak base lodge from 8 to 9 a.m. prior to each day’s events. Day-of registration is also available at 8 a.m.