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10 lucky people get a lift pass for life
Monday December 30, 2013 - Email this article to a friend

They had to ski or snowboard in 26 resorts across 4 countries and 2 continents. They won an Epic Pass, from Vail Resorts, for life

After 28 days of skiing 10 lifetime Epic Passes were awarded to the winners of the Vail Resorts' Epic Race to Ski the World.

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; and Mt. Brighton, Michigan.

They also had to race in Europe; 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. 

See here for further details of the event that we have covered on PlanetSKI.

"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.

There are still hundreds of skiers and riders who will continue the quest to visit some of the world's most iconic ski destinations on one incredible season pass.

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

After the final day in Brides-Les-Bains, France, was complete Vail Resorts threw a true European après party to celebrate everyone's effort.

The lucky winners were

- 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, Colo., 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, Colo., former meteorologist who found the race to be his perfect storm.

- John Victor of Denver, Colo., 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, Colo., 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.

When asked who had taught him how to ski in his inaugural season - prior to the race - Minnesota transplant Joe Jensen replied, "I taught myself. I'll get a lesson after the Epic Race."

After the final day in Brides-Les-Bains was complete, Vail Resorts threw a true European après party to celebrate everyone's effort.

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