Video Contest winner shares an epic season at Vail

VIDEO: Contest winner rides wild in Vail

Congratulations to Dan Malone,  the season’s second winner in the Third Annual Swany Outdoor Adventures Video Contest. Not only did Dan make a great video, he managed to break his back in the process! Dan explains more on that below, but as you watch the boarders in this video fly off cliffs, perhaps you’ll understand how.

For his winning entry, Dan gets a pair of great Swany Gloves.

In his own words: “I’m from Maple Grove, Minn., born and raised an outdoor enthusiast as a hockey player and avid snowmobiler.  Opted out of junior and college hockey to attend Colorado State University and became addicted to the mountain lifestyle. Learned to snowboard in northern Minnesota (Lutsen Mountain) at age 8 and have been progressing ever since! Moved to Vail after college in the winter season of 2010-2011, the best season on record, with three of my best friends.

“This video was made with coworkers and friends at Vail Mountain.  All video is from GoPro HD camera.  I broke a vertebrae in my neck on March 27, 2011, skied the next 30 days to end the season and had cervical fusion on c6/c7 of the neck in early July, which is when I decided to compile some EPIC clips from my previous season at Vail. This is a compilation of my winter with some of the best friends anyone could ever imagine. Thanks to all my ripper friends!”

Have a video that you’d like to enter? Just upload it to the likes of YouTube or Vimeo, then send us the URL at That’s all there is to it! Complete rules here.

Check out the video of the season’s first winner, Cameron Little, right here.

Take a look at last season’s winners in the  Swany Outdoor Adventure Video Contest winners, which ranged from the aerial acrobatics of Bobby Brown to out-of-control sledding to daring mountain rescues.

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