Vertical Challenge set for Saturday |

Vertical Challenge set for Saturday

Daily Staff Report

The 2003 Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge first visited Vail Mountain this winter on Jan. 25, with more than 260 racers turning out to take on the Golden Peak course.

Produced by Vail-based Highline Sports and Entertainment, the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge features a full day’s worth of racing, music, interactive games and sponsor-product sampling opportunities, all at no cost to the participants.

Skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities can register for the recreational giant-slalom race from 8-11 a.m. at the Vertical Challenge tent in the Golden Peak Base Area. The first 100 to sign up will also receive a free event T-shirt. All participants must purchase a lift ticket or use their season pass.

Competition starts at 10 a.m. on the Golden Peak, with the course open until 1 p.m. Participants can access the racecourse via the Riva Bahn Lift. The top three finishers in each age category will receive medals and will also qualify for the Western Series Finals. Award ceremonies are on tap for 3 p.m., followed by a prize raffle.

Besides all the racing action, everyone is encouraged to visit the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge expo village, complete with free music, interactive games and numerous product- sampling opportunities, including free Mountain Dew and Code Red.

The 2002-2003 Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge is sponsored by Arby’s, King Sooper’s/City Market, Tropicana, Gore-Tex, Skiing Magazine, Acerbis Helmets, Avalanche, Barrecrafters, Bula and Ovo Helmets.

For additional information on the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge, contact Highline at (970) 476-6797.

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