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Vail Resorts’ Epic Race awards lifetime passes to the top ten finishers

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Vail Resorts announced that ten lifetime Epic Passes were awarded to the winners of the Vail Resorts’ Epic Race to Ski the World. The Epic Race is a season-long adventure to ski and ride all 26 Vail Resorts across four countries on the Epic Pass, while capturing and sharing specific elements of their journey. There are still hundreds of skiers and riders continuing the quest who will receive

2014-15 Epic Passes when they complete their journey as well as weekly prizes from Helly Hansen and GoPro.

The top 10 standings, and winners of the Epic Pass for life include…

· 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, a 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, a former meteorologist who found the race to be his perfect storm

· John Victor of Denver, who 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, 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

To see the complete leaderboard, get updates from Epic Host and former U.S. Olympian Kaylin Richardson, or to see all the contestant photos and videos, visit http://epicrace.epicpass.com. To watch the latest Epic Race episode, visit EpicLifeMag.com.

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). Epic Racers were required to document and share their experiences at each resort to be eligible to win.

“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.

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