The GoPro Mountain Games are back and, with them, likely crowds. Yes, it’s been a weird 15 months, but it’s time to jump in with both feet. (Vail Daily file photo)

Like everything else after COVID-19, the 2021 GoPro Mountain Games are different than years past.

Thursday should have been the Steep Creek Championships up in Homestake. The International Federation of Sport Climbing World Cup isn’t in town either. Both attract international competitors. But how are you getting a kayaker from Australia or a climber from Slovenia into the country this year?

There’s still enough action to keep fans entertained. Four bike races are scheduled for this weekend alongside four running races. And then there’s the Dynafit Vail Trail Running Series, where runners do much more crazy stuff than in Sunday’s 10K Spring Runnoff.

Still, the GoPro Mountain Games do a nice job of selling the Vail Valley in a somewhat crass but necessary way. And after 15 months, the return of the GoPro Mountain Games is another step toward whatever we call normal.

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