Freestyle ski legend Wayne Wong to host Olympic Heritage Mogul Competition
Reno resident and legendary freestyle skier Wayne Wong will be the athlete of honor at the Olympic Heritage mogul competition Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. As part of a series of this winterand#8217;s Olympic Heritage events which celebrate the 50th anniversary as Lake Tahoeand#8217;s Olympic host date, the Olympic Heritage Mogul Competition gets back to the roots of ski competition during the 1960s.
Event registration is from 8-10 a.m. in the Alpine Meadows base lodge near the fireplace, and is $25. The registration fee includes lunch, a complimentary beer or soda, a commemorative T-shirt, live concert, access to the post-competitions festivities and awards ceremony at the Alpine Meadows Mid Mountain Chalet (adjacent to the competition course) and a chance to ski with the legendary Wayne Wong.
The competition will take place on Yellow Trail from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and competitors receive points for both 1960s ski style – and more importantly, 1960s fashion! Fashion was all the rage during this era, so competitors who dig out their 1960s (and 1970s) ski duds have as much opportunity to take the gold as any legendary ski great.
Prizes include Fischer Water Skis, Spy ski goggles, Gregory outdoor gear, Alpine Meadows apparel and fun swag giveaways. For more information about the Olympic Heritage Mogul Competition at Alpine Meadows, visit SkiAlpine.com or call the Alpine Meadows events department at 581-8332.
In 2006, Powder Magazine named Wong as one of the greatest skiers of our time for his influence over the evolution of freestyle skiing, widely known as and#8220;hotdoggingand#8221; during the 1960s. Hotdoggingand#8217;s emerging and unorthodox ski style infused traditional skiing with fun, creative tricks. Wayne Wongand#8217;s ability to hotdog better than the entire freestyle field was evident from the get-go. Because of his talent, the style caught like wildfire and became the popular way to be cool on the slopes throughout the 1960s and well into the 1970s. In 1979, the International Ski Federation recognized hotdogging as an official winter ski discipline, and a new World Cup and Olympic sport was born. The term hotdogging eventually became known as freestyle skiing, paving the way for Olympic athletes such as Johnny Moseley and Shannon Bahrke.
and#8220;Many milestones for the sport of skiing occurred during the 1960s and 1970s,and#8221; said Wong. and#8220;The Olympics came to Tahoe; my favorite way to ski became officially recognized and Alpine Meadows opened as a brand-new place to ski. It was a fun, exciting time and it calls for a celebration,and#8221; he added.
Fast forward to 2010, and Wayne Wongand#8217;s style on the slopes is unmistakable and#8212; it can be spotted in every freestyle skier on the slopes. To this day, he is one of the best skiers on the mountain. Wayne invites all skiers to celebrate the genesis of todayand#8217;s mogul and freestyle skiing in this fun flashback competition on Jan. 12.
Ranked as a top winter resort by SKI Magazine, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort is situated in the picturesque Tahoe National Forest and offers skiers and snowboarders 2,400 acres of terrain. With 14 lifts, more than 100 trails, and majestic views of Lake Tahoe, Alpine Meadows is accessed via Interstate 80, 45 miles west of Reno, Nev. and 200 miles east of San Francisco, Calif
Alpine Meadows and Homewood are proud to partner with Chevrolet Motor Division and General Motors Corporation to offer guests an optimal winter experience. Alpine Meadowsand#8217; parent company is San Francisco-based JMA Ventures, LLC. JMA is a full service real estate investment firm, serving as managing member of over $500 million in existing projects. Visit SkiAlpine.com or call 583-4232 for more information.