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Second edition of Winter Mountain Games returns to Vail in February

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The Winter Mountain Games presented by Eddie Bauer returns to Vail, Colo., Feb. 8-10, 2013.

Like last year, the event’s sophomore edition will include free street concerts, an interactive expo area and a dozen winter sport competitions in Nordic skiing, ice climbing, snow biking, ski mountaineering and telemark skiing.

Running events will once again include the Vail Uphill, a two-mile race up Vail Mountain that pits runners against snowshoers and cross country skiers. In 2012 the event was dominated by runners wearing shoes retrofitted with cleats.

The Winter Mountain Games will also feature a snowshoe race and the infamous ski boot run.

“Based on the success of last winter’s Mountain Games, we are committed to continuing with the event,” explained Michael Imhof, Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation.

“This is an event that we believe in and one that showcases an element of winter sports that is not often seen by the public. We are extremely fortunate to have a number of key sponsors that share our passion for the Winter Mountain Games.”

Highlights of the 2013 Winter Mountain Games include head-to-head ice climbing competitions, the country’s largest ski mountaineering race, on-snow mountain bike races, and a big air competition with bikers and telemark skiers jumping simultaneously off of huge snow jumps.

Ana Sia and Kraddy will start the weekend with a night of high-energy electronic music at Thursday night’s kickoff party at Checkpoint Charlie. Friday night’s entertainment will feature Denver’s own Flobots, bringing a mix of rock, funk and hip-hop. Headlining the weekend on Saturday night at Golden Peak will be John Brown’s Body with their unique reggae sound.

Registration for the 2013 Winter Mountain Games will be available online starting in December.