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Mothership Classic at Squaw Valley raises more than $49,000

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Skiers and riders were dressed to impress during a powder day March 28 at Squaw Valley.
Courtesy GP Martin / Arcade Belts Co. |

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — More than 100 skiers at Squaw Valley used ski and snowboard equipment developed in the 1980s for a powder day on March 28 — all in the name of philanthropy.

The 2nd Annual Mothership Classic was hosted by Arcade Belt Co. on Squaw’s famed chairlift, KT22. Participants skied in old gear and fundraised for the High Fives Foundation, a nonprofit in Truckee that gives grants to athletes recovering from major injuries.

The event was presented in conjunction with partners GoPro, K2, SNOCRU, One Toyota of Oakland and Tahoe Made.

The concept of the “First to Last Chair Fundraiser” is like a skier version of a Relay for Life. Participants spent the day lapping KT22 as many times as possible with friends, all wearing one-piece snow suites, old goggles, really strait skis and other throw back gear.

Jamaican Ski Team member Errol Kerr and Daron Rahlves, the most decorated male American Downhill and Super G skier in history, were also on hand for the event.

Prior to the event, all participants were encouraged to reach out among their own network for pledges and donations. All funds raised go directly to The High Fives Foundation and their efforts to support athletes that have suffered life-altering injuries.

“People who live and work here fundraise what they can, and it’s so impressive the amount of impact everyone can make together,” said Tristan Queen, Co-Founder of Arcade Belt Co. “Friends sponsoring friends for 25 cents a lap is really what this event was founded on. The original recipe was pretty simple, and we haven’t changed it much over the years.

“Helping others who have suffered lifer-altering injuries by spending a full day on KT chasing your friends around is about as good as it gets.”

Awards were held after the event at Fireside Pizza Co. in Squaw Valley to recognize the most spirit and the top fundraisers in the event.

“This event has catalyzed other ski-a-thon type events across the country that have raised nearly $1 million for the foundation since 2009,” said Roy Tuscany, founder of the High Fives Foundation. “But this event is where it all started. Our community really comes together to support athletes in recovery.”

This article was provided by the High Fives Foundation. Visit highfivesfoundation.org to learn more.