It's everyone's favorite time of year: GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado! Each June, outdoor enthusiasts from all parts of the world descend onto the Vail Valley for some friendly competition and family fun. Kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, fly fishing, running, dock dogs and more provide athletes and spectators alike an action-packed weekend. 

So how do I participate, and what if I have no intention of competing or even perspiring, you ask? Well, to start: load up the dog and the family and head to Vail Village. Bring light clothes because the weather is going to be epic, but don’t forget the sunscreen! Get here as early or as late as you wish, but if there are some particular events you’d like to check out, be sure to reference the official schedule

After you’ve arrived in Vail Village, begin your adventure on East Meadow Drive, where the LL Bean Gear Town has all the amazing brands displaying and demoing their products. Bring your appetite, because Gear Town weaves itself amongst the great bars and restaurants in the Village. From there, make your way to Mountain Plaza, home to world famous IFSC Climbing Wall, the EverBank VIP Lounge, the GoPro Outdoor Reels Film screenings, multiple on-mountain event starts/finishes, a myriad of amazing sponsor booths, and the TriggerPoint Athlete & Media Lounge. 

Once you are fueled up with some inspiration from Mountain Plaza, make your way over to Golden Peak, aka Dog Town, where the most popular spectating event is wowing crowds: DockDogs Dueling Dogs Competition.

If you can tear yourselves away, and are ready to get the kids involved, flip a u-turn and stroll out to Lionshead, where the Volvo Adventure Village hosts a family-friendly interactive fun zone where kids can learn to kayak “sit-on-top” style in giant kayak tanks, climb on a portable climbing wall, try slack-lining, demo and SUP Board, try a Onewheel or just enjoy all the Mountain Games action taking place. The best part? All activities in the Adventure Village are FREE and fun for the entire family.

So, now that've you've come, you've seen, you've conquered. Now, it's time to jam. Cap off your day with the free concert in the picturesque amphitheater; unwind and listen to some great music in the cool mountain air.

Now that’s a full day, and you didn’t have to compete for anything other than your family’s attention.

So, we’ll see you soon!