Trains 2011 rumbles into Alpine Meadows
TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation presented Trains 2011 andamp;#8211; Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Competition Saturday, April 16 at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. Sponsored by Volkl Skis, Marker Bindings, Alpine Meadows, Smith Optics, Porters Tahoe, Burton, Sports Basement, Big Truck Headwear, Aelix, Discrete Headwear, Unofficial Networks, Armada Outerwear, Die Cut Stickers, Empire Gloves, The Mountain Forge, Uncorked Squaw Valley, NorCal Beverages and Sports Insurance.com, the 4th annual event was one for the ages. A huge thanks goes out to Full Belly Deli and Jamie LaValle (Marker/Volkl) for the delicious 125 lbs. of chicken wings served up to smiles and messy faces.With warm, sunny skies, a huge crowd in attendance and an army of media to cover the action, Trains 2011 went off at Alpine Meadows! The competition was a unique slopestyle event with a high energy and progressive andamp;#8220;jamandamp;#8221; format. The individual and team awards contained thousands of dollars in gear from event sponsors including 2 lb. blocks of cheese from Cabot Cheese while $3,000 was split and awarded to chosen charities by each respective winner.
Top male: Parker White (chosen charity: $500 to the Vermont Adaptive Ski andamp; Sports Foundation)Top female: Grete Eliassen (chosen charity: $500 to the NeuroRecovery Network)Best High Five: Grey Team: Davis Souza, Austin Simonpietri, Sean Collin, Andy McDowell, and Peter Kukesh (chosen charity: $500 to the Alpine Meadows Ski Foundation)Best Trick: Backside 1080 double cork by Brandon Reis (chosen charity: $500 to Ski D.U.C.K.)Best Train/Team: Grey Team: Davis Souza, Austin Simonpietri, Sean Collin, Andy McDowell, and Peter Kukesh (chosen charity: $500 to the Shane McConkey Foundation)The High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. For more information or to donate point your browser to http://www.highfivesfoundation.com.Find photo gallery at sierrasun.com/photosandamp;#8212; Adam Baillargeon (VP High Fives Non-Profit Foundation)
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