75 participants skied and snowboarded over 1,200 laps on Alpine Meadows’ Summit Express Chairlift

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Roy Tuscany & Jacob Schick enjoying a High Five | Photo Courtesy | Jason Abraham

March 27 at Alpine Meadows Resort, skiers and and snowboarders enjoyed laps in the sunshine wearing throwback gear, vintage equipment and costumes to tribute the lively history of Lake Tahoe’s mountain lifestyle. Participants set up personal pledge pages and raised donations throughout the month of March to benefit local non-profit, the High Fives Foundation.

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Preparing the skinny skis! | Photo Courtesy | Jason Abraham

In addition to the 75 participants, three High Fives Athletes participated in the event, Eric Zerrenner, Jake Hickman and Veteran Marine Corporal Jacob Schick, who spoke at the awards ceremony thanking the community of Lake Tahoe for raising money for mountain action sports athletes recovering from life-altering injuries.

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Berry the Blader ripping with his crew! | Photo Courtesy | Jason Abraham

“This has been an absolute soul-feeding experience,” said Schick. “I couldn’t be more thankful for and more proud of the new family I’ve got here in Tahoe who embody the warrior spirt.” Schick was injured in combat in 2004. After rehabbing and strength-building with Dallas non-profit the Adaptive Training Foundation, Schick received an Empowerment Grant from the High Fives Foundation to accomplish his goal of skiing again.

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Kahlil Johnson taking HOT laps! | Photo Courtesy | Jason Abraham

Tristan Queen from presenting sponsor Arcade Belt Co. said, “It’s been a brutal winter for us out here this year so it’s cool to see the entire community coming together to raise some funds for Empowerment Athletes who are some really deserving people.”

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Awards at the Crest Cafe | Photo Courtesy | Jason Abraham


The following awards were recognized for their achievement in the event //

Best Solo Fundraiser: Kahlil Johnson — $6,365 raised
Best Duo: Alec and Jack Bruce — $600 raised
Best Team: We Ski for CR — 
$9,670 Raised
Most Laps Male: Kaya Lampe — 50 laps skied
Most Laps Female: Kristen LaValle — 39 laps skied

Crash of the Day: Luka Starmer — On Pete’s Peril 

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Roy Tuscany & Dan Sanderman with a High Five! | Photo Courtesy | Jason Abraham

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