Freestyle competition helps ski team |

Freestyle competition helps ski team

Although this past Saturday brought light snow and cooler temperatures to an otherwise cloudless April, the talent from the Alpine Meadows Freestyle Ski Team shone to raise $2000 for the Far West division of the United States Freestyle Ski Team through the Meredi Davis Memorial Freestyle Competition.

In honor of Davis, a talented freestyle competitor killed in a car accident four years ago, Tahoe’s top junior talent and local mogul enthusiasts competed in a single-elimination formatted dual course until there were only a handful of skiers left to claim top honors for their categories.

McKenzy Golding and Shannon Bahrke, both a part of the Squaw Valley Freestyle team, claimed first and second place, respectively, for the women. Casey Oakley of the Alpine Meadows Freestyle team took third place.

Squaw’s Scott Fitzmorris claimed first place in the Men’s I results, followed by Alpine’s Greg Lindsey and teammate Mark Kendrick.

Squaw Valley took the top two spots in the Men’s II with Dash Long and Scottie Bahrke coming in first and second. Rafe Robinson, from Alpine, finished third place.

Although the competition level was high, the fun level was even higher. Many of the competitors dressed in bright, flamboyant outfits and costumes

“The fact that these kids used their freestyle skiing talent to raise funds for a benefit is very commendable,” Alpine Meadows head freestyle coach Clay Beck said. “The Tahoe freestyle community really pulled together for this event, coming from Squaw, Alpine and Heavenly – and that isn’t counting the public that competed. I’m very pleased with Saturday’s outcome.”

Entry fees, a benefit barbecue and raffle ticket sales brought the overall donation total to $2000. Not bad for a snowy day in April.

For information on the 2000 Alpine Meadows Meredi Davis Memorial Dual Mogul Competition contact Alpine Meadows at (530) 581-8321.

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