The Mothership Classic Ski-a-Thon Raises $164,000 for High Fives Foundation

April 19, 2023

200 Participants, 7 Athletes, Loud Outfits, Untold Laps, a Custom Belt and Big Fun, All for an Amazing Cause

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. – April 19, 2023 /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The 9th Annual Mothership Classic ski-a-thon was a success, raising $164,000 for the High Fives Foundation, a Tahoe-based nonprofit on a mission to provide individuals with life-altering injuries with resources and a community to get back to their active pursuits of snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking and beyond.

Early morning snowfall turned to clear skies and crisp temps, and participants – decked in their best gear – were on a mission to take as many fun laps in a day as possible on the legendary KT-22 chair AKA “The Mothership.”

In addition to prizes and giveaways, event title sponsor Arcade created a custom belt for the occasion, which sold out, with 100% of proceeds from the sale of the belt going to support High Fives.

“The High Fives Foundation is family to Arcade. To see the impact that The Mothership Classic has on the community that High Fives champions and supports…for all of the right reasons, is something we’re really proud to be a part of,” said Kevin Walker, Arcade Director of Marketing. “Arcade’s mission is ‘to inspire freedom of movement and freedom of mind that creates meaningful change’ which makes our connection with the High Fives Foundation and The Mothership Classic alumni and newcomers so meaningful. It takes a village and we’re all committed to leaving it better than we found it.”

While the 2023 event is over, you can support the work of the High Fives Foundation anytime by donating at: https://highfivesfoundation.org


The High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based nonprofit on a mission to help people with life-altering injuries get back to snowboarding, skiing, surfing, mountain biking and beyond. Along with specialized grants, programs, and a cutting-edge facility called the CR Johnson Healing Center, the Foundation designs education around preventing life-changing injuries, and provides resources and hope if they happen.

Formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by the founder, Roy Tuscany, after his own recovery from a spinal cord injury, High Fives has helped nearly 500 athletes and veterans across North America since its inception in 2009.

About Arcade:

Arcade was founded on the belief that belts could be designed to function better, last longer, and be more comfortable. Developed from the ground up with materials that are built to go everywhere and anywhere, each Arcade belt provides a custom fit, sturdy hold, and the right amount of flexibility to move with you. Love for our planet and the adventurous people on it is the spark that lights our fuse. We celebrate and protect the places and communities that are the fabric of an active, fun, and healthy life. Arcade is proud to partner with and support the High Fives Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Protect Our Winters, Save the Waves Coalition, and Big City Mountaineers. Learn more at http://www.arcadebelts.com.

Media Contact:

Amy Jensen

ECHOS Communications