Movie Monday: A Look Back at the First Five Months of 2012

Movie Monday: A Look Back at the First Five Months of 2012

It has already been quite a year with the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation. The following are nine key videos that outline what has happened in the progression of the Foundation since the new year. Thank you for the continued support.


The CR Johnson Healing Center | Cribs Edition

One of threeprogram services of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, the CR Johnson Healing Center provides funding for alternative modalities of healing for individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury so they can “love the life they live.”

The CR Johnson Healing Center is replete with equipment that is used by healing professionals that High Fives works with. This equipment includes: A bar for practicing The BAR Method, spin bikes, Bosu balls, TRX strap systems, Swiss balls, foam rollers, weighted balls. Workout routines have been developed to ensure that High Fives Foundation athletes get a safe and effective workout. Along with the Healing Centers workout facility the Johnson family has generously donated an infrared healing sauna.

1 Year Redemption | Phil Hoban

Coming off the best ski season of his life, which included participation in filming G.N.A.R. The Movie, Phil Hoban suffered a burst fracture of his C-5 vertebrae on January 1, 2011 while skiing at Squaw Valley. Initially paralyzed from the neck down, he spent five weeks in the Renown Rehabilitation Hospital in Reno, NV. After returning home to Truckee, he continued a rigorous rehab schedule with the best the area has to offer. Fueled by the continued love and support of family and friends, and MANY High Fives, Phil made his triumphant return to the mountains on the morning of January 2, 2012.

The Landon McGauley Project | Chapter Four

The Landon McGauley project is an on-going mission of the High Fives Winter Empowerment Program Service. High Fives Athlete: Landon, a 16-year-old downhill mountain biker from Quesnel, B.C. Canada suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury during a race on July 4, 2010. With the help of the High Fives Foundation, the highly motivated young athlete, Landon is pursuing a dream of making the Canadian Paralympic Ski Team and competing in the 2014 Sochi, Russia Paralympic Games.

Chapter Four saw Landon work towards his goal despite poor snow conditions. Stay tuned for more updates on this promising athlete.

Perfect CR Day 2012

The CR Johnson Healing Center, High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, 4FRNT Skis, Discrete Headwear, Smith Sport Optics, Squaw Valley USA, Mamasake Squaw and Fireside Pizza presented the Perfect CR Day. February 24, 2012 (two years to the day, from the tragic loss of our friend and hero, CR Johnson) friends, family and fans united in Tahoe to celebrate CR Johnson and have the Perfect CR Day.

A High Fives Weekend in Vermont

On Thursday, March 8, 2012 the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation ventured across the country to the Mad River Valley in Vermont for a series of events called A High Fives Weekend at Sugarbush Resort. With the help of Vermont North Ski Shop and Sugarbush Resort, the High Fives Foundation was able to present the B.A.S.I.C.S. Prevention and Awareness Program to four different groups, reaching over 1,000 kids, and run a successful Fat Ski-a-Thon with over 40 participants. High Fives traveled East with Roy Tuscany and Steve Wallace to put on the weekend and present the B.A.S.I.C.S. program to the Mad River Valley.

B.A.S.I.C.S. Program Service – Camp Two (Squaw Valley)

A program service of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, B.A.S.I.C.S. is designed to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching.

Camp One was held in Park City, Utah at the Utah Olympic Park in the fall of 2011 and featured a focus on air awareness through trampoline and water ramp training on skis. Four select skiers and seven world class professional skiers served as coaches. This winter, the progression continued with four skiers (Reef Schott, Rocket Bryan, Logan and Cody LaPlante) who were selected as campers to ski with a rotating base of accomplished coaches at Squaw Valley (March 19-21).

Huge thanks to JT Holmes (Program Director) as well as guest coaches Franz Weber, Connery Lundin, Timy Dutton, Garrett Russell, Sean Carey and John Rockwood for their time. Also, thank you to Chris Gray and the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol as well as Squaw Valley for making this possible.

The Amazing Tony Schmiesing

On March 23, 2012 the High Fives Foundation took Winter Empowerment Athlete to Alpine Meadows to make history… A C 4-5 quadriplegic as the result of the spinal cord injury suffered at a beach where he grew up, and currently battling Syringmyelia, Tony’s tenacious surf/skate/ski DNA has pushed him through all sorts of obstacles and has lead him into an endlessly surprising and beautiful life.

Thanks to Brian Sheckler and Disabled Sports USA Far West, Tony Schmiesing became the first bi-skier to ride on a wall ride park feature. The positivity that Tony exudes on a daily basis is testament to the fact that anything in life is possible.

Skinny Ski-a-Thon 2012

The 2012 Arcade Belts | High Fives Foundation Skinny Ski-a-Thon was a great success thanks to the 50+ participants that got pledges per lap skied on Squaw Valley’s infamous KT-22! Also, a huge “thank you” goes out to Arcade Belts, Squaw Valley, Fireside Pizza, Smith Optics, GoPro,, BodyArmor, Tahoe Made Attire as well as Rom and Nick Marcucci.

A snowy day did not prevent all that participated from enjoying themselves while pushing it to the limit on archaic equipment and skiing as many laps as possible to raise money for the High Fives Foundation.

The animal known as GTL or (Greg Lindsey) succeeded in skiing 46 laps to take the crown as this year’s best skier. His efforts not only took Cody Townsend off the thrown (last year’s champ) but also helped solidify the Skinny Ski-a-Thon as an event to watch for in years to come.

TRAiNS 2012

TRAiNS 2012 was the fifth annual freestyle ski & snowboard contest that the High Fives Foundation has put on in the North Lake Tahoe area. Volkl Skis, Marker Bindings, Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley supported this event that brought Nick Goepper, Parker White, Michelle Parker, Danny Toumarkine, Chris Logan and 25 other amazing skiers and snowboarders out to compete. Aside from the action on the hill, TRAiNS is an event that gives back by donating to select charitable organizations.

Custom-made BigTruck Hats, music from the Silver Boombox Thief, Jamie LaValles world famous chicken wings, food from the Full Belly deli, and a world-class competition venue produced by Crux Events rounded out an amazing day!

Three teams of ten (skiers and snowboarders) were picked by winners of the Best Male, Best Female and Best 540 (degree rotation) in the first half of the competition. The events namesake TRAiNS was on display in the second half as the team competition ensued with each team of ten popping off the six different features in succession.

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