Tahoe City, CA… The 7th Annual Nautique Gates & Wakes Fun Day and Pro Challenge returns to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort Saturday, May 10. 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 Todd Kelly, Tamara McKinney, Janie Fausold and Glen Plake, but not to worry; these ringers and others will compete against each other in the ProChallenge. Everyone of all ability levels is welcome to compete in the open division.
The Gates & 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, said Bense. "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! We encourage all disabled skiers and boarders to join us in our efforts to make this year's event a success for Disabled Sports. Also back this year is the Youth Division. It's a chance to catch a glimpse of future pros.
The competitions will begin the morning of May 10 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.
Gates & Wakes sponsors include Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, West Coast Correct Craft, Sunnyside Resort, Hammer's Ski & Marine, Larson Marine, Marine Specialties, Central Valley Marine, Straight Line / Neptune, Double-Up Wakeboards, Liquid Force, Connelly, Hyperlite Snowboards, Porter's Ski & Sport, Iconn Sports, Resort at Squaw Creek, High Sierra Ski School, Wet-Tech, Tahoe Yacht Club and Correct Craft Inc.
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 and Saturday. 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 530.581.8328.