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Gates & Wakes on Saturday at Alpine Meadows

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The seventh annual Nautique Gates & Wakes Fun Day and Pro Challenge returns to Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on Saturday.E

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.E

The contest has three combinations from which competitors may choose: snow ski/water ski division, snow ski/wakeboard division or snowboard/wakeboard division.E

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 Pro Challenge.E

There also is a youth division.

Everyone of all ability levels is welcome to compete in the open division.E

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Back this year is the Disabled Challenge. All disabled skiers and boarders to join the fun.

The competitions will begin Saturday morning at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, with 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.

The top three finishers in each division will win prizes provided by event sponsors.E

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.E

For more information or to register for Gates & Wakes, please contact Bob Bense at (916) 638-3382 or Alpine Meadows at (530) 581-8328.E