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Shane McConkey

"McConkey" Hits the Big Screen

The anticipated documentary about Shane McConkey plays at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend.

Understanding Rocker

Instruction Director Michael Rogan explains what it is, how to use it—and why it matters.

Almost every ski on your shop’s wall this season will incorporate rocker technology. Need a little help understanding what it is, why manufacturers love it, and how to make it work for you? Below we offer a brief vocab review. For practical application of concepts, click here to read RockerRx.

McConkey Movie Trailer Debuts this Weekend

NBC airs a trailer for a new movie about the late Shane McConkey that's set to hit screens in 2013.

When Shane McConkey died in 2009 after a ski BASE-jumping accident, the skiing community lost an innovator, an icon and a true adventurer who lived each day with purpose. Matchstick Productions, the production house that worked so closely with McConkey on many projects, is making a movie, set to debut next year, chronicling the life of this inspirational athlete. Catch a trailer for the film this Saturday (March 24) on NBC during the Red Bull Cold Rush coverage at 1 p.m. eastern time, 10 a.m. pacific.

The Wisdom of Saucer Boy

The Wisdom of Saucer Boy
Shane McConkey, ski designer
From the vaults: “Brain Floss”—Shane McConkey’s original ponderings on powder-ski design

We were digging through old catalogs the other day, doing background research for a January feature on powder skis when we came across this. “Brain Floss” is the late, great Shane McConkey’s musings on what makes a great powder ski. It was released in December of 2002, when the first few models of his innovative Machete Spatula were rolling out of the Volant factory in Wheat Ridge, Colo.  Obviously, a ski as radical as the Spatula—reverse sidecut, reverse camber, and just plain huge, at 125 mm in the waist—needed to be explained.

King of the Hill

King of the Hill
Shane McConkey on the set of the movie Claim, Haines, Alaska
A tribute to Shane McConkey

“Shane McConkey was a supernova in skiing,” says Jeff Mechura, brand manager for K2. A pioneer of the freeskiing movement in the early ’90s, McConkey routinely pushed the limits of the sport, in the process transforming the parachute into a piece of ski gear. He quickly moved beyond the role of innovative athlete to innovative ski designer, helping ignite the fat-ski revolution. “Shane almost singlehandedly forced that change,” says Tim Petrick, vice president with Rossignol.

Squaw Valley Slashes Season Pass Prices


Squaw Valley USA - March 25, 2009 – Lake Tahoe’s top ranked ski resort announced that season pass prices for the 2009-2010 season have been slashed by $1000, in honor of the celebratory season that marks the 60th Anniversary of Squaw Valley’s founding and the 50th Anniversary of Squaw Valley hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics. Coined the “50/60 Pass,” the drastically reduced 2009-2010 season pass is on sale March 20, 2009.

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