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HSSF to host youth event series at Heavenly

January 16, 2015

The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation is proud to announce the Groovers Challenge Series and the Kinder Kup Race Series at Heavenly Mountain Resort this season. These events are in cooperation with the Heavenly Race Department, Heavenly Terrain Park staff and made possible by the Vail Resorts Epic Promise giving program. Proceeds from all events will benefit the Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps Tahoe kids get on the snow!

Bring the entire family out to the first event on Sunday, January 18th. Also the official opening of the Groove Terrain Park, celebrate MLK weekend with the infamous DJ Cat and a youth snowsports showdown. Spectators can enjoy the competition from the sidelines of the park. Competitors age 12 and under (as of December 31, 2014) can register in advance at Eventbrite.com or in-person the day of the event from 7 to 9 am at the Foundation building at the base of World Cup.

The Groovers Challenge Series will be held in Groove Terrain Park Sundays, January 18, February 8 and March 8. Groove Park will host a variety of features including progressive jumps, boxes, rails and innovative features laid out by new terrain park manager Brian Callahan. Competitors are judged on variety, creativity and execution. Compete in the three part series to earn your invitation to the Groovers Challenge Finals Jam, immediately following the third event. Register online for all three events and save $15.

“This event series is designed to get young skiers and snowboarders excited about terrain parks,” said coach Dan Rich, Heavenly Foundation’s snowboard and freeski team director. “Each athlete is encouraged to be creative and this event’s set-up provides the features they need to be as innovative as possible.”

The Foundation will also host the Kinder Kup Race Series on World Cup run Sundays, January 25, March 1 and March 15. Open to all skiers age six and under and snowboarders age eight and under (as of December 31, 2014). The Kinder Kup series is designed to introduce young athletes to competition in a friendly environment. No previous race experience necessary and all abilities are welcome; parents can run the course with their child, harnesses are welcome. Registration is available online at Eventbrite.com and includes a World Cup only competitor lift ticket if needed. Parents can purchase a World Cup only lift ticket to accompany their athlete for $20 at registration.

“The Kinder Kup is such a fun race event,” said Jim Plake, HSSF board president. “Everyone’s a winner with a goodie bag and a medal, we usually have over 60 kids participate.”

Registration will be held the morning of the event at the Heavenly Foundation building from 8am to 9am. Practice begins at 9 am, each competitor is allowed two practice runs; the race starts at 10 am. Every competitor is awarded a participation medal and a swag bag filled with goodies. There are two divisions: ski and snowboard. Overall champions will be awarded trophies at the final event.

The Foundation will serve coffee, provided by Alpen Sierra, and bake sale items throughout the morning for all events. The Kinder Kup BBQs begin at 11:30am and combos include a cheeseburger or hot dog, chips and a drink for a $10 donation to the Foundation.

About the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation
The Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation is committed to facilitating and leading the local community in the development of programs to encourage youth to participate in winter sports, alpine skiing and snowboarding. The HSSF operates independently on donations and fundraisers. In addition to providing a safe skiing and riding experience to those within the foundation, outreach and community involvement also play a big part of the base of the Foundation. Throughout the winter season the HSSF provides scholarships to families whose children would not be able to participate in the race program; hosts a non-race Blue Angels program through the middle school; works with the SOS (Snowsports Outreach Society); works with the Boys and Girls Club of South Lake Tahoe; and organizes multiple events, like the Kinder Kup race series, and fundraisers including the annual spring wine gala, Grapes and Gates, at Edgewood. For more information on the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation visit http://www.hssfteam.org, email aimi.hssfteam@gmail.com or call the administrative offices at 530.541.7354.

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