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Alpine Meadows Ski Resort to host 4th Annual Trains 2011 slopestyle contest presented by the High Fives Foundation

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8211; Marker Bindings, Volkl Skis, Smith Optics and the High Fives Foundation will present the 4th Annual Trains Slopestyle contest Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort.

High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe based non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for athletes who have experienced a life-altering injury while skiing or snowboarding. and#8220;Trains is a truly rider-driven event, featuring top athletes mixing it up in Alpineand#8217;s Shreadows Terrain Park,and#8221; said Roy Tuscany, founder of the High Fives Foundation. and#8220;The event is truly a locomotive of energy, positivity, and fun for all,and#8221; he added.

Tahoeand#8217;s most unique event format

Professional and top amateur skiers and riders will form five-person teams (for a total of six teams), making for the most unique, star-studded performance of any slopestyle contest in existence. True to the eventand#8217;s name, athletes on an individual team ski or ride consecutively through the terrain park, hitting jumps one after another. Spectators watch what looks like a human and#8220;train.” Judges reward this one-of-a-kind team-oriented format for extra style and creativity.

Winners donate their prize money

This yearand#8217;s list of invited competitors promises participation by the cream of the crop: Parker White, Michelle Parker, Nick Goepper, Carson Lehoillier, Ian Compton, and 25 additional athletes will compete and $3,000 in cash will be donated by the winners to select charitable organizations. Additionally, amazing prizes are up for grabs: top male and top female finishers; as well as best High 5 and best Trains team.

Artistic jib feature literally celebrates trains

In addition to Alpineand#8217;s renowned jumps, this yearand#8217;s Trains slopestyle course will present an on-snow jib feature entitled and#8220;Reign Supremeand#8221; and#8211; and is aptly described as a work of art. Donated by Smith Optics and designed by Truckee-based Mountain Forge blacksmith shop, Reign Supremeand#8217;s 100-cubic-foot, steel lion cage foundation encases steel lion sculptures; and supports a 20-foot long, 2-inch double barrel rail, resembling train tracks. As a tribute to the late great friend and professional skier, CR Johnson, Reign Supreme is a masterpiece to behold.

Hot Wings, Full Belly, who can eat the most?

As one of the most spectator- and participant-celebrated aspects of Trains, this springand#8217;s famous Trains hot wing eating contest is presented by Burton. Truckeeand#8217;s famous Full Belly Deli will cook a heapinand#8217; helping of hot wings, using Volkl ski aficionado Jaime Lavalleand#8217;s secret hot wing recipe for both hot wing competitive eaters and moderation-driven onlookers. Additionally, Full Belly Deli, which is known for its hearty, savory menu, will cater the entire event. A $10 donation will be accepted for hot wings and other delicious lunch menu options.

DJ One Truest spins throughout Trains

Renowned throughout the Lake Tahoe area for melding reggae, dancehall, hip hop, and jazz, DJ One Truest will perform live throughout the 4th Annual Trains Slopestyle and wing eating contest.

The 4th Annual Trains Slopestyle contest is free of charge for spectators. For additional information about Trains, visit SkiAlpine.com.


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