Trains Invitational Slopestyle Contest goes off at Sugar Bowl
SUGAR BOWL and#8212; One after another they straight-lined Trailblazer run toward the 70-foot step-up gap and its sister features.
Amid the gathered crowd and wafting scent of barbecue chicken wings, each of the 25 athletes threw down their most stylish tricks as Roy Tuscany, event organizer and emcee, translated the high-flying action into words.
Chicken wings were consumed for a $5 donation, and the show resumed to the thumping beats of DJs One.Truest and King of Hearts.
Aside from a little cloud cover, Saturday was an ideal day for Tuscany and his High Fives Non-Profit Foundation to put on the second annual Trains Invitational Slopestyle Contest fundraiser at Sugar Bowl.
and#8220;I think (the event) showed what we’re doing this for and where we’re going with it, and that we continue to grow,and#8221; Tuscany said of the Trains Invitational and his High Fives Non-Profit Foundation. and#8220;We want to become the safety net of the winter sports community.and#8221;
Along with friends James Preston and Mat Jackson, Tuscany, 28, started the High Fives Foundation last year with the goal of raising and#8220;money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.and#8221;
Helping winter athletes in need is personal for Tuscany, who suffered a serious spinal cord injury in a 2006 skiing accident but has since defied the odds to walk again.
and#8220;If somebody in the area gets hurt, I want them to have the same support I had,and#8221; Tuscany said in a 2009 Sierra Sun interview. and#8220;I feel like it’s my way to give back to everyone who gave to me, because I could never pay back what was given to me.and#8221;
Through his High Fives Foundation, Tuscany has achieved his goal of helping others and#8212; just as he had envisioned while recovering in the hospital four years ago.
With the mic in hand Saturday, Tuscany instructed those in attendance to look up the hill and spot Steve Wallace, who was making his way down the slope using adaptive ski equipment. Tuscany then introduced Wallace, 29 and#8212; who has recovered to ski again after a 2008 injury left him paralyzed and#8212; as the first recipient of the High Fives Scholarship.
Brita Sigourney of Truckee went on to win Best Female in the Trains Invitational, while Kyle Smaine of South Lake Tahoe was voted Best Male. Billy Mann of Truckee was awarded Best Barrel, Jason Arens of South Lake Tahoe Best Tall-Tee, Sean Collin of Truckee Best Trick and Chris Logan of Mammoth Best 540. Arens and Smaine won Best High Five, while the Orange Team made up of Sigourney, Mann, Parker White, Casey Krueger and Jimmy Greenleaf won Best Train.