If there is one thing I learned, aside from the vocabulary above, it's that the Teva Mountain Games are the official kickoff to summer in the mountains. It has everything - beautiful people (a new love for world-class kayakers, yum!), gorgeous scenery, incredible athletes, Chipotle burritos, great sponsor giveaways, rockin' nightlife, and of course, an overflow of happy, drooling dogs. As social media ninja here at the Vail Valley Foundation, I was able to experience the Games on the ground, running in my purple Teva Gnarkosis. You may have seen me with a chest pack on (it did not have a radio in it and yes, I did wear it to feel cool) taking photos, interacting with the crowd, or petting dogs. Having this tangible experience of the events allowed me to take in a deeper appreciation for all the work that was put into it to make it what it was - a STELLAR beginning to summer in Vail.
(1) Bud Light Lime Steep Creek Championship presented by Thule: Seeing the Leap of Faith Class V rapid for the first time and then watching kayakers go through it forwards, backwards, upside down and under water. Watch a recap below:
(2)Teva Slopestyle presented by Chipotle: Filming the GoPro Bomb Squad in squirrel suites jump out of planes into the area, and then watching Mike Montgomery's winning jumps on the course. Watch a recap below:
(3) Aloha Happy Hour presented by C4Waterman, Maui Jim, & Korbel California Champagne: SUP demos, girls in bikinis (currently inspiring my summer workouts), Korbel champagne. Check out the flickr gallery from stellar photographer Rick Lohre below:
(4) Eukanuba DockDogs: My first time to see the famous leaping pups. My favorite part was just getting to hug and photograph at least 100+ dogs a day and compare them to their owners. Do you think that people look like their dogs? Help me caption the Dog Heaven album on the Teva Mountain Games Facebook page.
(5) Bud Light Lime 8 Ball Kayak: One word (new favorite word): Carnage. I can't tell you how fun it is to watch people smack into each other in their rafts/kayaks. It looked like a bad traffic jam, but funnier because everyone fell into the river as a result. Check out some flickr photos of the madness below:
And, finally, here's a snippet of my tour of the Teva Mountain Games on my iPhone. Short and sweet. Thanks to all for your uploads to our Facebook page, all of your blog posts, and everything else you're doing in the social world. Keep it coming!
teva mountain games. from Melissa Eggert on Vimeo.