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TRAiNS freestyle ski and snowboard contest rumbles through Alpine Meadows

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — TRAiNS 2012 was the fifth annual freestyle ski and snowboard contest 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 LaValle’s chicken wings, food from the Full Belly Deli and a world-class competition venue produced by Crux Events rounded out an amazing day.

Watch the recap video produced by Shreddy Times at https://vimeo.com/40430316.

Three teams of 10 (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 event’s namesake TRAiNS was on display in the second half as the team competition ensued with each team of 10 popping off the six different features in succession.

Charitable contributions given total $5,000:

· Best Male: Nick Goepper donated $1,000 to the Reeve-Irvine Research Center

· Best Female: Marta Krusell donated $1,000 to the Shane McConkey Foundation

· Best 540: Andy McDowell donated $1,000 to SkiDUCK

· Best TRAiNS Team: Green Team donated $2,000 to the Shane McConkey Foundation

Thanks to vitaminwater, Smith Optics, Start Haus, Sports Basement, Coors Light, GoPro, Powder Magazine, DieCutStickers.com, Discrete Headwear, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Skullcandy, TRX Suspension Training, Arcade Belts, Aelix Clothing, Sports Insurance and Mountain Forge.

Visit www.skialpine.comand www.highfivesfoundation.org.

— Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Apr 30, 2012 06:47PM Published Apr 30, 2012 06:44PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.