Event takes skiers from the slopes to the water
The ninth annual Ski Nautique Gates & Wakes Fun Day and Pro Challenge returns to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort April 30.The event allows competitors to experience a quintessential Tahoe sports day by skiing or snowboarding in the morning at Alpine Meadows and wakeboarding or water skiing on Lake Tahoe in the afternoon.The contest has three combinations from which competitors may choose: snow ski/water ski division, snow ski/wakeboard division, or snowboard/wakeboard division.Competitors may be surprised to see professional waterskiers and snow skiers Daron Rahlves, Glen Plake, Tamara McKinney. These ringers and others will compete against each other in the Pro Challenge. Everyone of all ability levels is welcome to compete in the open division.The Gates & Wakes Fun Day was created by West Coast Correct Crafts vice president, Bob Bense. Back this year is the Disabled Challenge. Organizers encourage all disabled skiers and boarders to join us in our efforts to make this years event a success for Disabled Sports. Also back this year is the Youth Division. Its a chance to catch a glimpse of future pros.The competitions will begin the morning of April 30 at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, with snow skiers and snowboarders competing in the giantslalom format. After descending the slopes, skiers and riders will have a buffet lunch courtesy of Sunnyside Resort and then launch onto Lake Tahoe for the freestyle waterski and wakeboard portion of the event, towed by Correct Craft Ski Nautiques and Air Nautiques. The top three finishers in each division will win prizes provided by event sponsors.The entry fee is $56 for adults and $46 for children 12 and under. Fee includes lift tickets, lunch, and boat tows. There is a $67 fee for those who would like to compete in this years Two-Round Slalom event taking place on Friday, April 29. Event proceeds are donated to the Disabled Sports Association.For more information or to register for Gates & Wakes, please contact Bob Bense at (916) 638-3382 or Alpine Meadows at 581-8321.
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