Nearly 100,000 skiers and snowboarders activated their
accounts in the inaugural season of EpicMix but only five people stood out from
the crowd. By skiing over 100 days or all the resorts or having a cumulative
age of 213, these EpicMix users caught the attention of Vail Resorts and are
making the top 5 achievements list. Read on for their stories.
Days skied: 171
Vertical feet skied: 7,209,005
Total pins: 102
Total points: 45,130
Position on the leaderboard: 1
No one, especially the former leader of the leaderboard, saw Charles A. coming.
Throughout the season, Shawn C. held the position with a
vice grip. Then Charles A. made his EpicMix stats public on April 10, the
closing day at Keystone and BAM. History was made. With over 7 million vertical
feet skied over 171 days, no other EpicMix skier could even attempt to keep up.
"There is only one way to put it," Charles A. said. "It's
been an epic season."
Days skied: 160
Vertical feet skied: 7,072,484
Total pins: 68
Total points: 42,925
Position on the leaderboard: 2
It takes some seriously strong legs to snowboard as
consistently and as constantly as Shawn C. A Vail resident, Shawn averaged
62,235 vertical feet a day in April and held the top of the leaderboard until
April 10, 2011. All that hard work was for a reason too, according to rumors that
the snowboarder dedicated his season to a friend who had recently passed away. Will
the competition heat up between these two leaderboard conquerors? Only EpicMix
Mary P., Dean P., and
Combined age: 213
Known for: Conquering Keystone in two hours and 22 minutes on February 22,
It's one thing to ride every lift at Keystone in a day. It's another to do it
in a record two hours and 22 minutes. And it's incredible to do it with a group
with an average age of 71. Mary P., Dean P., and Bill S., made
headlines when they earned the Keystone Conqueror pin and created a game plan
for others to do the same. But would they do it again?
"If we did this this year, what are we going to do next year?"
Mary P. said. "We're excited."
Richard H. and
Resorts skied in one day: 5
Known for: Conquering the Epic Pass
If you're going to ski at every resort on the Epic Pass in Colorado in one day,
you're going to need to know the right people to make sure it counts. Richard
H. from Cleveland, Ohio and his two friends took the challenge and made the call to
Shelly to make sure he did it right.
Richard called the Vail Resorts Corporate Sales and Services call center
on Feb. 16 to speak with top
agent Shelly so
they could share their excitement as the team conquered their quest. The group jokingly added, while on their last
Colorado resort that if Vail Resorts would supply them with a private jet, they
would head on to Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe and
conquer all eight of the Epic Pass mountains in one day. In Shelly's
words, "we celebrated on the phone their Colorado mountain journey!"
Resorts skied: 5
Resorts Conquered: 5
Arguably, the Epic Conqueror pin is THE hardest pin to
achieve through EpicMix. It is only awarded to those who rode every lift at
every resort with EpicMix -- a total of 92 lifts across Vail, Breckenridge,
Keystone, Heavenly, and Beaver Creek. Only one of 100,000 people obtained this
pin: Justin E. A resident of Keystone and originally from Edwards, Colo. Justin
E. knew the ins and outs of every Vail Resort to efficiently get the
Epic Conqueror pin and used EpicMix to search after powder and push the limits.
"It definitely changed the way I rode and
pushed me to ride harder and longer, and put in more days than normal," Justin E. said. "It was an
inspiration and a great one at that. I can't wait to see what next year holds."
Do you think you should have made the top 5? Or a
to-be-created top 10? Leave your EpicMix story below.