March 23-24, the Pain McShlonkey Classic is back at Squaw Valley! This uproarious tribute to skier Shane McConkey, also known as Pain McShlonkey, is filled with action from start to finish.
“The best way to keep Shane’s legacy alive is to remember to laugh at yourself and live life to the fullest,” says Sherry McConkey. “Even if you can’t be here on March 23-24, you should still do something outrageous and fun to honor this amazing man.”
Proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation and various environmental education programs. The fight for the Golden Saucer trophy—bragging rights included—will be remembered long after the snowlerblades come off.
The events will begin when the Red Bull Air Force drops off the athletes. Literally. People like Charles Bryan, JT Holmes, and Tim Dutton will skydive into The Village at Squaw Valley Friday afternoon to kick off festivities. The party continues at Rocker@Squaw with a DJ, food and drink specials, and poster signings with PMC competitors.
The snowlerblades come out on Saturday at 9 a.m. when some of the greatest skiers and snowboarders trade in their precision-tuned equipment for McConkey style competition.
But first, the pros and 30 of McConkey’s biggest fans will line up at the top of the legendary KT-22 chairlift. Anything goes in this race to Squaw’s GS Bowl, named for the original 1960 Olympic Slalom course.
Later, Extreme Snowlerblade Small Mountain Invitational will host 30 athletes on K2 Fatty snowblades negotiating Squaw’s legendary terrain. Daron Rahlves, Scott and Robb Gaffney and Jeremy Jones will race to the podium. Last year’s overall winner and Golden Saucer recipient, Cody Townsend will have to bring his A-game to defend his title against all the talent lined up for this year.
New to the even this year is an Envirolution Trashion Show followed by the PMS Costume Contest on Squaw’s KT Bar Sun Deck. Bring out your best, because it’s open to the public and the “best” dressed will be rewarded.
Saturday night, head to Squaw’s Olympic Village Lodge for what could only be classified as the perfect end to an exciting day, an 80’s party. This is only for 21 and over, so leave the kids at home, and don’t forget you ID. Get your tickets at Porters and Le Chamois. Tickets, registration information, and event details can also be found at www.shanemcconkey.org. Donations to the Shane McConkey Foundation are appreciated.
The weekend is not only a competition but also a celebration of Shane McConkey’s life.
“One thing about Shane is that what you saw is what he was: a man full of stoke, passion, ingenuity, humor and a zest for making your moments on this earth count,” says longtime friend Scott Gaffney. “Shane loved to laugh, play, compete against and make fun of friends and make fun of himself. The Pain McShlonkey Classic is a perfect amalgam of all of these elements that were so important to a guy who inspired us to no end.”