Welcome Home Bash for Tahoe South’s Three Olympians

Sierra at Tahoe 2014 Olympians
From Tahoesouth

South Lake Tahoe, the tight-knit ski community big on Olympic athletes will honor its three USA team members in a city-wide celebration, Saturday, March 15.

Jamie Anderson, Maddie Bowman, who won gold for snowboarding slopestyle and freeskiing halfpipe respectively, and Hannah Teter who placed fourth in snowboarding halfpipe, will be lauded at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.

A procession will take the Olympians via fire truck from South Tahoe High School, onto Highway 50, past the airport and through the town of Meyers, concluding at Sierra Resort. Community members can line Highway 50 along the route and cheer the Olympian procession as it drives by.

Attending the festivities will be California state Sen. Ted Gaines, El Dorado County supervisors and South Lake Tahoe City Councilmembers with proclamations for the three Olympians. The party will include autograph signings, live music, food and drink specials, prizes and a raffle with proceeds to the Sierra Foundation, which grooms future world class athletes.

The South Tahoe High School marching band will greet the Olympians at Sierra-at-Tahoe’s new Solstice Plaza at 1:40 p.m. The National Anthem by the South Tahoe High School Choir will be followed by an introduction from Sierra-at-Tahoe’s General Manager John Rice.

Meyers, Calif., residents Anderson, Bowman, and Teter may have put the tiny town of 3,000 just west of South Lake Tahoe on the international map as having the most gold medals per capita.

Jamie Anderson, 23, won her Olympic gold medal in the women’s inaugural snowboard slopestyle competition at Sochi. She also won four Winter X Games gold medals in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

Maddie Bowman, 20, struck gold in the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe competition at Sochi, also her first. The skier also brought home gold at the Winter X Games in 2013 and 2014 in the superpipe division.

Hannah Teter, 27, was a 2006 Olympic gold and 2010 Olympic silver medalist in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe. Teter finished fourth at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in the halfpipe event. She was a 2003 Winter X Games gold medal winner and 5-time bronze medalist.

Well-wishers and partygoers are encouraged to board buses or carpool to the resort as parking will be limited. The athletes will depart from South Tahoe High School at 1 p.m. Bus schedules, times as well as all event details will be available at www.sierraattahoe.com.

The welcome home celebration for the Olympians at the country’s “Best Ski Destination” (USA Today, Jan. 2014) is sponsored by Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort, the City of South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, El Dorado County, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Barton Health, Tahoe Center for Orthopedic, and the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce.

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STS Pre-Tensioned Fiberglass – The world’s best snowboard fiberglass, period. Our STS ADVANCED FIBERGLASS is a pre-hardened, pre-tensioned, layered laminate that has added elastomer stringers between the 0 degree and 90 degree glass fibers the length of the effective edge. This produces a stronger bond between the individual glass laminates giving our snowboard unmatched strength, edge hold and performance.
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Ability Level: Advanced-Expert
Rocker Type: Camber/Rocker/Camber
Flex Rating: Stiffest available
Core Material: Wood
Made in the USA: Yes
Warranty: 3 Year

Size Chart

Size (cm) 156 159 164 169
Effective Edge (cm) 121 124 128 133
Tip Width (cm) 29.1 29.8 30.4 30.5
Waist Width (cm) 24.8 25.3 25.3 25.4
Tail Width (cm) 29.1 29.8 30.4 30.5
Sidecut Radius (m) 790 790 810 830

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A wider version of the SL, this deck dominates every part of the mountain from parks, to pow, to steeps. It’s width reduces toe and heel drag for the bigger rider, but it’s narrow enough to be quick and responsive edge to edge. A deeper sidecut, the Carbon VXR and powerful flex make it the most versatile, high-performance mid-wide board we’ve ever built!
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Original Rocker Camber Profile (R.C.) – Our original Rocker/Camber Profile is the best of both worlds… rocker underfoot for floatation, mobility, and a forgiving feel, plus camber extending from the outside of the mounting area to the transition area for superior edge hold and explosive pop. The transition area at the end of the camber extends to the effective edge keeping the board from pushing against the snow for effortless glide while making it less likely to catch an edge. RC delivers all the benefits of a rocker design with the spring, stability and edgehold of camber.
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Vario Power Grip – Multi-radius sidecut adds increased edgehold precisely where it’s needed most, from 2 inches outside of each binding and inward toward the center of the board, providing added control and response in any conditions (Sidecut Radius numbers are an average).
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Sidewalls

Sintered P-Tex Sidewall – Unlike conventional ABS sidewalls that have a tendency to crack in colder temperatures, the Sintered P-Tex Sidewall maintains it’s integrity at any temperature.
Base

Durasurf Sintered 4501 Base – Crown Plastics has been the industry leader in sintered materials for over 36 years and has created the DURASURF 4501 sintered base exclusively for Never Summer. This new high density base is extremely fast and will provide unmatched performance and durability.
Edges

Fully Wrapped Metal Edge – Provides unmatched carving ability and edge grip.
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Same as SL but Matte surface
Additional Features / Laminates

Bi-Lite Fiberglass – Combining the strength characteristics of STS ADVANCED fiberglass with an ultra light glass fiber matrix, this delivers incredible freestyle and freeride performance without sacrificing durability.
STS Pre-Tensioned Fiberglass – The world’s best snowboard fiberglass, period. Our STS ADVANCED FIBERGLASS is a pre-hardened, pre-tensioned, layered laminate that has added elastomer stringers between the 0 degree and 90 degree glass fibers the length of the effective edge. This produces a stronger bond between the individual glass laminates giving our snowboard unmatched strength, edge hold and performance.
Carbon VXR Laminate Technology – The CARBON VXR system is specifically designed for our SL, Legacy, Evo, Revolver and Infinity freestyle snowboards. Dual carbon v’s help transfer more energy to the end of the effective edge, tip and tail without making these boards too stiff for buttering and presses. This is the most versatile Carbon system for those that prefer a freestyle feel to their board whether in the park or freeriding the mountain.
RDS 2 Damping System – This lightweight system uses three narrower laminated damping layers that provide the perfect combination of vibration absorption and stability. RDS 2 is specifically designed for the SL, Legacy and Infinity.
Elastomeric Underfoot Stabilizers – Elastomeric Rubber Stabilizers directly below the mounting area provide optimum vibration absorption and increase high speed stability while reducing
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Specs

Ability Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Rocker Type: Camber/Rocker/Camber
Flex Rating: Medium
Core Material: Wood
Made in the USA: Yes
Mid-Wide Design of SL

Warranty: 3 Year

Size Chart

Size (cm) 156 159 161 163 166 170
Effective Edge (cm) 121 123 126 130 130 134
Tip Width (cm) 30.5 31 31.1 31.6 31.7 31.8
Waist Width (cm) 26.1 26.4 26.5 26.9 26.9 27
Tail Width (cm) 30.5 31 31.1 31.6 31.7 31.8
Sidecut Radius (m) 749 753 769 788 805 825