Volkl Skis and Marker Bindings, in conjunction with the High Fives Foundation present TRAINS 2013, a freestyle ski & snowboard contest at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on Saturday, April 20th from 11am - 4pm.

The event will feature 30 world-class skiers and snowboarders. Athletes expected to participate include Nick Goepper, Parker White, Will Wesson, Chris Logan and Toby Miller.

"I'm stoked to come down from British Columbia to be a Guest Judge at the TRAINS Freestyle Contest," says High Fives Winter Empowerment Athlete Landon McGauley. "To be involved in the fundraising that kick-started the High Fives Foundation is an honor and I look forward to seeing all of my friends in Lake Tahoe."

In addition to the action on the hill, TRAiNS is an event that gives back. Winning athletes in the Best 540, Best Backflip and Best Switch Trick categories, along with the Best Team donate their respective cash purses to charity. Winners in each category will choose to donate a cash purse of $5,000 to any of the following organizations: The Shane McConkey Foundation, The Flyin' Ryan Hawks Foundation, Ski D.U.C.K., The Sarah Burke Foundation and The Bob Woodruff Foundation.

"I love the progression of this unique event," said Chris Adams of Volkl Skis and Marker Bindings. "To see it morph into such a big spectacle from its meager roots is remarkable. The creativity and style that is on display from the talented field of athletes adds to the stoke. When you couple that with the amazing atmosphere in the spectator village, TRAiNS adds up to an all-time awesome experience on snow!"

Custom-­made big truck brand hats, music from the Silver Boombox Thief, Jamie LaValle's world famous chicken wings, food from the Full Belly Deli and Alpine Meadows and a scenic spectating venue produced by Crux Events are staples of this marquee High Fives Foundation event.


The High Fives Foundation would like the thank the following sponsors for making the TRAiNS 2013 Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Contest possible: Volkl Skis, Marker Bindings, Alpine Meadows, GoPro, Newschoolers.com, Phunkshun Wear Facemasks, Smith Optics, Coors Light, Koss Stereophones, VTPB, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Northwestern Mutual - Ryan Williams, Rome SDS, bigtruck brand, Sports Basement, Armada Outerwear, Tomahawk, Under Armor, Bistro 22, Line, Full Tilt, Discrete Headwear, Arcade Belts, Cabot Cheese, TRX Suspension Training and Diecutstickers.com.