|Photo by David Andre|
Vail has announced the 10 winners of its Epic Race to Ski the World contest. After 28 days and 26 resorts in four countries, 10 lifetime Epic Passes were awarded to the winners.
The Epic Race contest challenged travelers to ski and ride all 26 resorts spread across four countries on the Epic Pass, while capturing and sharing specific elements of their journey.
“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.
Skiers and riders who complete the challenge also will receive 2014-15 Epic Passes when they complete their journey as well as weekly prizes from Helly Hansen and GoPro.
The winners are:
- Nick Annis of Loveland, Colo., a student at the Colorado School of Mines.
- Scott Annis of Loveland, Colo., who wanted to create lifetime memories with his son Nick.
- Cory Heintz of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, who couldn’t say “no” to the chance to ski France.
- Brittany Heintz of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, who grew up skiing the hills in the Midwest.
- Joe Jensen of Denver, Colo., cancer survivor who legally ran for President of the United States and first learned to ski at Afton Alps in Minnesota.
- Steve Sacco of Denver, Colo., former meteorologist who found the race to be his perfect storm.
- John Victor of Denver, Colo., spent many holidays skiing Vail and was on Vail Ski Patrol for three seasons after graduating from college.
- Michael Lahey of Longmont, Colo., a fifth generation native who has been saving airline miles for years to ski in Europe.
- Devin Rhinehart of Denver, Colo., an engineer and member of “Team Fun” with Greg Hydle and Ashley Cooley.
- Greg Hydle of Golden, Colo., with his trademark red beard, he was often mistaken for German rapper MC Fitti while skiing at the European resorts.
Vail Mountain in Colorado recently kicked off its early season by opening portions of its back bowls.