See also: Get the Edge on Winter Fun in Colorado!The 28-day race included Colorado visits to Arapahoe Basin, the first of the 26 international Epic Pass ski areas to open for the 2013-2014 season, and Eldora, a new addition to the Epic Pass mix this season, as well as Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, and Breckenridge.
After covering the Colorado resorts, the racers moved on to Utah, Lake Tahoe, Minnesota, and Michigan, then hopped the pond over to Switzerland, Austria, and France, documenting all of their adventures along the way to meet the race criteria (and thus creating the coolest viral marketing campaign we saw all year).
"The Epic Racers are the most passionate skiers and riders I have ever seen," said Vail Resorts spokeswoman Kirsten Lynch, in a statement. "They embraced the spirit of the race as an adventure of a lifetime, had fun along the way and formed new friendships."
Hydle says the "Team Fun" competitors finished 20th, 21st, and 25 in the "unofficial leader board" but that other competitors did not complete all of the race requirements or broke various race rules. He says the most important rule his team followed as they logged 2,700 miles in their car and racked up 14,000 frequent flier miles was self-imposed:
"Skiing is fun... and that's about all."