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Pro challenge comes to Alpine Meadows

Staff reports

The 9th Annual Ski Nautique Gates and Wakes Fun Day and Pro Challenge returns to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort Saturday, April 30.

The unique 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, but not to worry; 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 and Wakes Fun Day was created by West Coast Correct Craft’s Vice President, Bob Bense. “What a great day to be on both the slopes and the water within the same timeframe, especially when it’s 90 degrees in the valley, and most people have completely forgotten about snow skiing at Tahoe,” Bense said. “Partners Correct Craft and Alpine Meadows helped me make this dream a reality. Come help us close one ski season and start another.”

Back this year is the disabled challenge. Disabled skiers and boarders are encouraged to join us in the efforts to make this year’s event a success for disabled sports. Also back this year is the youth division.

The competitions will begin the morning of April 30 at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, with snow skiers and snowboarders competing in the giant slalom 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 year’s 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, contact Bense at (916) 638-3382 or Alpine Meadows at (530) 581-8321.

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