By Tim Hauserman
Big winters like this one are a perfect opportunity to combine two of Tahoe’s favorite pastimes: Downhill skiing and water skiing. Homewood Mountain Resort happens to be the perfect place to make it happen, so they are continuing a tradition that has been going on for 15 years with the Gates and Wakes competition on April 6th.
Sponsored by Superior Boat and Repair, Gates and Wakes supports the High Fives Foundation Participants first race gates for two runs each at Homewood. Then in the afternoon, the water skiing segment commences across the highway at Homewood High and Dry Marina. Racers will take turns executing turns on Lake Tahoe behind Superior Boat’s Ski Nautique.
Competitors need to bring their own skis, both snow and water, and their own wetsuit for the water ski portion. Given that the temperature will be in the 50s, a wetsuit is pretty darn essential. It will be the combined snow and water skier that will win the competition. As Homewood says: “The top three places will be rewarded with unlimited bragging rights, prizes, and a trophy.”
Fees: $45 for Homewood Season Pass Holder, $95 for non-passholder. Registration includes both events and lunch is included in the fee. There is also a two day pro challenge entry for $150. The pro-challenge starts with a two round slalom waterski completion in Rio Linda, CA on April 5th, followed by the Gates and Wakes at Homewood on April 6th.