Honoring Shane's Legacy
The fourth annual Pain McShlonkey Classic took place at Squaw Valley, Calif., last weekend in honor of late freeskiing legend Shane McConkey, who was as known for his talents on big-mountain terrain as he was his goofy and fun-loving demeanor. As a result, the PMS, as the event is called, is a wacky combination of costumes, hilarity and on-snow rivalry.
Shane's wife, Sherry, the founder of the Shane McConkey Foundation, worked tirelessly to pull of this year's event. Here she is at the event's fundraising gala on Friday night. The Shane McConkey Foundation seeks to carry on Shane's legacy through acts of kindness and charitable giving and to inspire others to make a difference in the world.
The gala on Friday night was a huge fundraiser for the foundation, which has donated thousands upon thousands of dollars to organizations like The Make-a-Wish Foundation, Protect Our Winters, local Tahoe schools and more.
The Chinese Downhill contest took place at Squaw Valley on Sunday, one day later than originally scheduled due a large storm that blew through Tahoe over the weekend. Sunday morning brought 20 inches of new snow to Squaw and a bunch of skiers on snowblades dressed as Shane McConkey's alter ego, Saucer Boy. Here, Ryland Mauck-Duff and Conrad Snover battle it out for the prized golden saucer.
Champions Of Saucers
Sherry McConkey celebrates with the men's and women's winners -- Ryland Mauck-Duff and Jamie Berg -- of the Chinese Downhill contest.
For the first time, a ski ballet contest was introduced at the PMS. Costumes, music and full routines were, of course, recommend. And snowblades were required.
Shane McConkey dressed as Saucer Boy in movies from Matchstick Productions. His goal, he said, was to remind other skiers to have fun and not take themselves too seriously. In this photo, George Hjelte boogie boards out of the start gate during the ski ballet competition, where he placed third.
Shane and Sherry's daughter, Ayla, was on hand during the day to join in on the festivities. Here, she holds up a t-shirt showing her dad making a goofy expression.
Shane McConkey died on March 26, 2009, but his legacy seems to live on in this event and in the hearts and minds of those who participated and many more around the world. Including Kaya Lampa, Jordan Basile, Donald Brown and Derek Brown, the second-place team in the ski ballet contest.