Minnesota-born Lindsey Vonn, the most decorated ski racer in American history and representative for Vail Resorts (which now includes Southeast Michigan’ s Mount Brighton), will be at Mount Brighton on this Saturday, Oct. 5, to meet visitors, sign autographs and talk about how she got on the road to be the best in skiing.
Vonn is making a strong comeback after a serious injury, surgery and months of rehab and physical training.
“I grew up learning how to ski and being introduced to the sport of ski racing at a small ski hill in Minnesota, one very similar to Mt. Brighton. It never gets old for me to see the sparkle in a young skier’s eyes and talk to them about the sport of ski racing and how Mt. Brighton can be the foundation for their ski racing careers,” said Vonn. “I’ve heard a lot about the enthusiasm surrounding skiing in the Detroit area and look forward to my trip there this coming weekend.”
Vonn is returning to the Midwest and Mt. Brighton to greet fans and aspiring ski racers, sign autographs, and talk about her “Epic” beginning and how any of the kids in the audience can also grow their talent to epic proportions with hard work and dedication. That’s a play on words, as Vail’s touted Epic Pass” allowing skiers who purchase it to ski free at many Vail-owned resorts in the west as well as Mount Brighton, is now available at the ski area, located just west of downtown Brighton off I-96 at 4141 Bauer Road.
Vonn’s visit is free to the public, and the event also includes other family activities and light refreshments. She will be first visiting with 50 ski racers from Mount Brighton’s Team XLRB starting at 9 a.m. and will begin signing autographs and speak to fans from a stage starting at 10 a.m.
Hosting fun since 1960, Mt. Brighton Ski a legendary family winter destination on the Midwest snowsports scene. Over the summer, Vail invested $10 million in improvements, including new chairlifts, enhanced learning terrain, new base area facilities and children’s ski and ride school center, innovative terrain parks, and a new state-of-the-art snowmaking system, the entire guest experience has been completely re-imagined and elevated
Skiers and riders from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Northwest Ohio can easily access 26 trails and five lifts covering 130 acres. Having converted thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders, and now with the opportunity to take that passion to Vail Resorts’ iconic western mountains, Mt. Brighton is truly the place Where Epic Begins.
This winter, EpicMix Racing will be launched at Mt. Brighton this winter, a social application that enables skiers and riders of all abilities to track their vertical feet, earn digital pins for on-slope accomplishments and even race against Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn using their NASTAR race time to earn gold, silver and bronze medals.
Race times, digital medals, overall leaderboards and leaderboards with just family and friends will be available on both the EpicMix website and mobile application.
For more on the EpicPass, visit www.mtbrighton.com.