Boarders, skiers to compete together in Gates & Wakes |

Boarders, skiers to compete together in Gates & Wakes

Ever have a hard time deciding between snowboarding or skiing, or wakeboarding and water-skiing? Then check out the fourth annual Gates & Wakes on Saturday at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Sunnyside Resort – a competition that removes the tough decisions in life.

Participants begin by either skiing or snowboarding through a timed giant slalom course in the morning at Alpine Meadows, then completing the event by shuttling over to Sunnyside Resort for an afternoon water-skiing or wakeboarding competition.

A who’s-who list of competitors is entered in all four disciplines, including water-skiing’s Mike and Helena Kjellander, Andy Mapple and Britta Llewellyn; former Olympic skiers A.J. Kitt, Tasha Nelson and Todd Kelly; and wakeboarding’s Jim Leatherman.

But don’t let their household names intimidate you. These pros are exhibition guests, and the competition is open to all ages and ability levels.

With 70 athletes competing last year, Gates & Wakes is quickly becoming a popular and anticipated spring event.

“Gates & Wakes is our signature end of winter and the beginning of summer,” said Rachel Woods of Alpine Meadows public relations department.

Prizes include wakeboards, water-skis, snowboards, skis, the latest in summer and winter sports clothing, gift certificates and many raffle prizes.

To register, contact West Coast Correct Craft at (916) 985-4343.

Registration fees are $49 for adults and $39 for children 12 and under. Mountain racing spans from 8-11 a.m., while the water show runs from noon to 5 p.m.

Alpine Meadows plans to close for the season following Sunday’s regular operation.

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