High waters cancel Vail Teva whitewater events
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – Dangerously high waters from spring runoff have forced organizers of the Teva Mountain Games to cancel all of Sunday’s scheduled whitewater competitions.
Canceled competitions include the Bud Light Lime 8 Ball Kayak, the Teva Raft Cross and the new Stand-Up Paddle Surf Cross.
“These three events are always incredible to watch and while we regret not being able to let some of the best whitewater athletes in the world test their mettle in these competitions, we are not willing to put their safety at risk in order to run the event,” said Michael Imhof, vice president of sales and operations for the Vail Valley Foundation. “One thing you quickly learn when you live in the mountains is to have a healthy respect for Mother Nature. This decision was made in conjunction with our whitewater specialists and water safety experts Dan Gavere and Charlie Ebel, who both concur that the conditions are not safe.”
Gavere and Ebel agreed that they would prefer more predictable and consistent flows to ensure a safe environment for Sunday’s slate of whitewater compeititons.
“I know that if I were a competitor that was registered for today’s competitions, I wouldn’t be out there,” Gavere said. “Gore Creek measured at a high of 1700 cubic feet per second in the early morning hours on Saturday and 2700 cfs in the early morning hours on Sunday.”
“With Sunday’s weather likely to be very warm once again, we expect similar dramatic drops and increases in levels and flow,” Ebel said. “We are seeing water levels on Gore Creek at a 20-year high.”
In addition to the high levels and flow, Mother Nature has also unleashed a torrent of debris that is making its way down Gore Creek as well, including logs, large rocks and stumps that further compound the danger to anyone in the water.
“Along with canceling the whitewater competitions,” concluded Imhof, “we are in a high water situation and strongly encourage all boaters to use extreme caution and conservative judgement.”
The organizers will refund the entry fees for all athletes who were registered for the 8 Ball Kayak, Raft Cross and Stand Up Paddle Surf Cross competitions.
Sunday will still showcase the finals of the Eukanuba Dockdogs competitions, the youth and adult citizens bouldering comps, the Road Bike time trial, the 10K Spring Run Off, the GearTown, Green Light and Adventure Village exposition venues and the Men’s Slopestyle qualifiers and finals.