Vertical Challenge hits Golden Peak Saturday
The snowriding season is flying by and there’s no time to lose, so sign yourself up quickly as the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge returns to Vail Saturday, featuring an all-new Rail Jam event presented by Convert.North America’s longest running ski and snowboard promotional tour, the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge features a full day’s worth of recreational racing, music, interactive games and sponsor expos, free to the participants. New this year is the Mountain Dew Rail Jam. The rail jam is open to skiers and boarders.Skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities can register for the race and rail jam from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mountain Dew tent at the base of Golden Peak. The first 100 to sign up for the race will receive a free event T-shirt. The first 25 to sign up for the rail jam will receive a free event beanie. All participants must purchase a Vail lift ticket or use their season pass.Competition starts at 10 a.m. on Golden Peak, with the race course open until 1 p.m. Rail Jam kicks off at 11 a.m. on Golden Peak’s Free Ski Open Hill for a two-hour heavy metal session.Award ceremonies are at 3 p.m., with the top three in each category receiving medals and invites to the finals in Breckenridge, April 3, along with a bib prize raffle following the awards presentation.In addition to all the racing action, there is the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge sponsor village, complete with music, interactive games and numerous product-sampling opportunities, including free Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew.The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge visits 50 of the nation’s premier ski and snowboard resorts this winter, with the Eastern portion of the series to wrap up this weekend. Following the Vail event, the tour makes its final stop in Breckenridge for the Western Series Finals April 3.For a full schedule of Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge dates and locations visit http://www.mountaindewvc.com. For more information on Highline Sports & Entertainment, contact (970) 476-6797 or visit http://www.gohighline.com.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.