Vail Mountain Winter Uphill


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    700 S Frontage Rd. E, Vail, CO

    Phone: 970-479-2280

    Fax: 970-479-2281

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    The Vail Recreation District Sports Department is located in the Vail Tennis Center on the second floor. From I-70, take the Vail exit and head east on South Frontage Road.

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    2022 Video from the American Trail Running Association
    Date: Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024

    Time: 7 a.m.
    Day-of registration opens at 6 a.m. Lionshead Ticket Office

    Where: Base of Eagle Bahn Gondola - Lionshead

    Price:   Early registration - $36 adults/$25 students
               Week-of registration - $42 adults/$30 students
               Day-of registration - $50 adults/$37 students

    Preregistration & Bib Pickup: Alpine Wine & Spirits inside the West Vail City Market. Saturday, Feb. 17, 4-6 p.m. Online registration closes at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

    Race Day Bib Pickup and Registration: Lionshead Ticket Office (everyone will need to sign a Vail Resorts Waiver)

    Bag Drop: We are happy to take any extra clothing up to the top of the mountain for you. Please drop your gear at the gondola building at our gear drop area.

    Categories: Splitboard, Ski and Non-Ski 

    The annual Vail Mountain Winter Uphill Race returns on Sunday, Feb. 18, as skiers, snowboarders and winter runners tackle 2,200 vertical feet of groomed trails to reach Eagle's Nest at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. This event  honors the memory of Vail local Lyndon Ellefson who was instrumental in starting the U.S. men's mountain running program, with some of the entry fees supporting the U.S. Mountain Running Team.

    For the past fourteen years, the Vail Mountain Uphill has proven to be a challenging midwinter competition for some, and a fun, non-competitive community hike for others. It presents an opportunity to support a worthy organization, while also paying tribute to Ellefson, a trailblazer in the sport of mountain running who lost his life in a 1998 accident near the Matterhorn while training for a mountain race in Italy. Ellefson was the foreman for the Lionshead Gondola. Ellen Miller, along with fellow mountain runner and Vail local Hooker Lowe, started the race in 2008 to spread their passion for mountain running and uphill skiing (skinning) and to pay homage to Ellefson.

    "The Vail Mountain Winter Uphill is a meaningful event for our community. We started it in the memory of Lyndon Ellefson and it has always been a fundraiser and a tribute to the US Mountain Running Team, of which Lyndon was a pioneer. This is a fun hike up Vail Mountain for people of all ages and abilities. I am thrilled that Vail Rec is operating the event this year!," said Miller, Vail Mountain Uphill founder.
    The event begins at 7 a.m. in the Lionshead base area, adjacent to the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Categories include ski, splitboard and non-ski options and prizes will be awarded by overall place and category by gender age group, including juniors 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+. 
    Following the race, Vail Resorts and US Foods will be providing breakfast at Eagle's Nest for all event participants.
    Online registration is available prior to race day and day of registration will be available in Lionshead prior to the race. Race entry fees are $36 through Feb. 10, $42 the week prior to the event and $50 the day of the race. Pre-race registration and bib pick up will be available on Sat, Feb. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at Alpine Wine & Spirits at the Vail City Market. 

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