Vail Resorts’ Epic Race Crowns 10 Winners

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SAM Magazine—Broomfield, Colo., Dec. 30, 2013—After 28 days and 26 resorts in four countries, 10 lifetime Epic Passes were awarded to the winners of the Vail Resorts’ Epic Race to Ski the World. The Epic Race was intended as a season-long quest to ski and ride all 26 resorts spread across 4 countries on the Epic Pass. The reward: The top 10 participants earned an Epic Pass for life.

To compete in the Epic Race, each racer had to ski or ride all 26 resorts on the Epic Pass (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps, Minnesota; Mt. Brighton, Michigan; Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria (St. Anton, Lech, Zürs, St. Christoph and Stuben); and Les 3 Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle).

Who engages in this sort of thing? The top 10 included Nick Annis of Loveland, Colo., a student at the Colorado School of Mines; Joe Jensen of Denver, a cancer survivor who legally ran for President of the United States and first learned to ski at Afton Alps in Minnesota; and John Victor of Denver, who spent many holidays skiing Vail and was on Vail Ski Patrol for three seasons after graduating from college.

“The Epic Racers are the most passionate skiers and riders I have ever seen. They embraced the spirit of the race as an adventure of a lifetime, had fun along the way and formed new friendships. Congratulations to all of the finishers who will be receiving a free 2014-15 Epic Pass,” said Vail Resorts chief marketing officer Kirsten Lynch.

There are still hundreds of skiers and riders who will continue the quest to visit all 26 resorts. They will get 2014-15 Epic Passes when they complete their journey, as well as weekly prizes from Helly Hansen and GoPro.

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