Mothership Classic Matching Donations | NEWS RELEASE



Olympic Valley, Calif. February 14, 2018 — On Sunday, March 18th, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows’ infamous KT22 chairlift will set the scene for the annual Mothership Classic – a philanthropic event presented by the Tahoe-based brand Arcade Belts with additional support from select sponsors.
Leading up to the Mothership Classic, participants will reach out to their contacts of friends and family to raise funds for the the one-day, “First to Last Chair Fundraiser.”

The concept of the “First to Last Chair Fundraiser,” coined by Tristan Queen, Founder of Arcade Belts, is plain and simple – Have FUN! Participants will spend the day lapping KT22 with good friends, all wearing retro gear, throw back skis/snowboards and other festive attire. Smiles, laughter and high fives will certainly be the theme for the day.

“This is an event that I always look forward to,” says George Hjelte, perennial Mothership Classic attendee and High Fives supporter. “It’s a fun-filled day of skiing with good friends, while raising money for amazing athletes. What could be better?”

The annual Mothership Classic has not only become a staple event at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, but one of High Fives Foundation’s most successful West Coast fundraisers. With the support of Arcade Belts and other sponsors, like GoPro and , the organization raised nearly $70,000 in the 2017 event.

$75,000 is this goal to raise at this year’s event. With participation from dedicated annual fundraisers, a $25,000 personal matching donation from the CEO of Microlumen,, $5,000 matching donations from SNOCRU (the official app for tracking laps) and One Toyota of Oakland and $2,500 matches from K2 Sports and DBI / Coors Light, the goal is certainly attainable.

Participants will be fed pizza at the event from Fireside Pizza in the Village at Squaw Valley, and Phunkshun Wear will provide Marker-Dalbello-Volkl branded facemasks, while Cirque Hats gives each participant a branded hat so everyone is full and warm during the event.

“It’s a true testament to the culture of our local community that this event has turned into what it is today,” says Queen of Arcade Belts.  “The local community has really embraced the Mothership Classic turning a rowdy day on the hill into a platform for creating meaningful change for athletes who have suffered spinal or brain injuries. For the first time this year, we will host the awards and end of day celebration behind the Arcade office (next to the Olympic Valley Post Office) in the form of a block-party gathering of participants, friends, and sponsors.”

Any winter sport enthusiast of any age, philanthropist or people who enjoy to have a fun time is encouraged to participate in the 4th Annual Mothership Classic. Registration and further information can be found at the event website at

“Bringing together the Lake Tahoe Community in this fun-filled event is inspiring to see”, says Roy Tuscany, Executive Director of the High Fives Foundation. “It’s really impressive to see close friends laughing and joking together while lapping Tahoe’s favorite local lift, KT22.”


Contact: Steve Wallace
High Fives Non-Profit Foundation


About Arcade Belts:  Established in Olympic Valley, California in 2010, Arcade continues to reinvent the belt category with their line of go anywhere, do anything, always comfortable belts. Built from the ground up with materials made for the outdoors, Arcade belts stand apart from ridged leather, stiff webbing and cheap logo-stamped crap. Arcade focuses on better designs and stronger materials in order to change the way you think about belts. For more information visit,

About the High Fives Foundation: The High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based, national 501.c.3 non-profit organization. The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by the founder from his own recovery to help injured athletes, the Foundation has helped 187 athletes to date since its inception in 2009. For more information visit

About Squaw Valley: Our Lake Tahoe Ski Report has 6,000 skiable acres of skiing and riding terrain, accessed by 42 chair lifts, terrain parks and half pipes, spread across eight beautiful mountain peaks.  At Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, you’ll find terrain for those who’ve never set foot on the snow to extreme athletes and Olympians past, present and future. We don’t keep the fun to the slopes, either. From family activities like snow tubing to luxurious spa treatments, there are endless activities and events awaiting you at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows throughout the year. For more information visit .

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