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Remembering McConkey

When ski pioneer Shane McConkey passed away during a tragic ski-BASE accident in March 2009, the entire ski community grieved. Here are features recent and past photos, articles, and stories about Shane from our archives. Also be sure to check out our video dedicated to his memory.
posted: 04/01/2009

Warren Miller's Tribute to Shane McConkey
McConkey worked closely with the crew at Warren Miller to push the envelope of skiing. Here you can watch footage from his segment in Higher Ground as well as see some pictures of his life in the skiing spotlight.

Remembering McConkey: Through Pictures
Shane McConkey was a loving father, a doting husband, and an inspiration to a generation of skiers. Here are some photos from the place he called home, Squaw Valley.

How to "Slarve" with Shane McConkey
Once upon a time, Shane McConkey had a crazy idea that reverse camber was the secret to perfect powder turns. Turns out, he was right. In this "Get Schooled" feature from Skiing Magazine's October 2006 issue, Shane highlights the beauty of zero camber in Haines, Alaska.

The Truth: Shane McConkey
Shane McConkey mastered everything from racing to skiercross to moguls, and he brought it all together to create his own brand of big mountain skiing. Here are his thoughts on ski-BASEing, newschoolers, and bro-brahing, from Skiing Magazine's September 2006 issue.

Saucer Boy: MSP's Token Drunk Returns
It’s been six years since Saucer Boy—the sled-toting drunk in Matchstick Productions’ ski flicks who bears an uncanny resemblance to Shane McConkey—appeared in Ski Movie 3: The Front Line. In Matchstick’s new movie, Claim, Saucer Boy made a much-anticipated return. Skiing Magazine's September 2008 issue featured some thoughts from Saucer Boy about one-piece Bogners, mullets, and the Shredapendent Party.

Here are a few more articles to check out for tidbits about Shane McConkey:

'Brain Floss' by Shane McConkey Blogger Al West recounts McConkey's invention of the Volant Spatula in his own words.

SKI Magazine's 2009 Gear Trend Report
Harder, better, faster, stronger - and just plain cooler. If it's been awhile since you visited a ski shop, here's what you're missing, including chick sticks, reverse camber, and new bindings.

Pow Town and Ski Boys
In a high-budget documentary, marquee skiing from pros like Glenn Plake, Shane McConkey, and Seth Morrison combine with a serious undertone to explore the deeper truths of skiing.

Top 10 Ski Films of All Time
All your favorites: Yearbook, Journey, Downhill Racer, Hot Dog the Movie, and more.

Valle Nevado, Chile
SKI Magazine contributor Joe Cutts heads to Valle Nevado, Chile, with Shane McConkey and other pro skiers in this story from the June/July 2007 issue of SKI.

To reach out to Shane's family and friends, please consider visiting these other sites:
Memorial Service Scheduled for April 5
A memorial service for Shane McConkey will take place at 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 5th on the Olympic Plaza Sundeck (base of KT-22) in Squaw Valley USA.
The site set up right after the tragedy. This is the best place to find out ways to donate, send flowers, reach out, and see pictures of Shane and his beautiful family.
The Facebook site dedicated in his honor. Over 24,000 people have become fans so far and reached out to his memory.
ESPN's memorial to Shane. Here you'll see a bunch of incredible photographs of Shane's life and the legacy he leaves.

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