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Indian summer was put on hold earlier this week as Tahoe received the first legitimate snowfall of the season. Higher elevations at Sugar Bowl received nearly two feet of snow.
Rolling into Squaw Valley last Saturday felt more like a busy winter ski day than an October weekend. Cars were parked all the way to the Opera House building. Nearly 5,000 people attended the much anticipated release of McConkey. The film’s creators were also in attendance along with many of the cast, friends and family. The entire valley raged on all cylinders after the show. The film will now tour across the country including stops in Los Angeles and New York City.
The much anticipated world premiere of McConkey will be hosted at Squaw Valley’s KT-22 Base Bar on Saturday, October 5. The outdoor venue at the foot of KT-22 is a fitting location to the showcase the story of a man who called Squaw Valley his home. Tickets are available at squaw.com for $15. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and dress warm.
Last Thursday, Good People put on a party at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. Featuring displays from companies like Praxis, Freewaters, Save the Waves and Sportgevity, it was a night of cocktails, dancing, art viewing and inspiring speeches by Dr. Robb Gaffney and Ryan Seelbach.
According to its founders, Outdoor SF is a “a collaboration between non-profits and local brands bringing the best of the oceans, mountains, and streets of San Francisco together.” Exhibitors and attendees shared the common goal of enjoying our natural playgrounds consciously and sustainably.
Several segments that were edited from the McConkey documentary and not featured in the film are now being released online. These two focus Shane’s friends Scott Gaffney and JT Holmes.
Dozens of climbers reached the top of 14,179 foot Mt. Shasta last weekend. It was 85 degrees on the summit at noon on Sunday. Getting an early start hugely increased the quality of both climbing and skiing as things got hot and heavy by mid morning. Great ski conditions were found on the massive snowfields accessed from Brewer Creek on the eastern side of the mountain.
Although it’s felt like springtime for the last two months in Tahoe, the Eastern Sierra still has some nice skiing above 10,000 feet.
Tribeca Film Festival hosted the world premiere of the McConkey documentary last Sunday. The film is a heartfelt examination of the life of Shane McConkey. Principal editor David Zieff and the Matchstick team of Steve Winter, Murray Weis and Scott Gaffney were in attendance along with Sherry McConkey, JT Holmes, Rob Bruce and many other friends and family.
Film Reviews for McConkey
Los Angeles Times Review of McConkey
First Showing Review of McConkey Documentary
Hollywood Reporter review of McConkey
ESPN review of McConkey
Nine Tribeca Films you'll soon be hearing about
Powdermag.com review of McConkey written by Ingrid Backstrom
The US Alpine National Championship ski races were held at Squaw Valley last week and weekend. A soggy Wednesday gave way to a glorious bluebird raceday on Thursday. Conditions stayed perfect throughout the weekend with cold overnight temps for a good hard freeze on the course and perfect daytime weather for spectating. Hometown homegirl Julia Mancuso won a record 16th US Championship Title in giant slalom. Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley won the men’s super G. The weekend kicked off with skydivers and live music on the KT Sundeck Friday afternoon. Squaw Valley last hosted the Alpine Nationals in 2002.
It’s that time of year for the greatest ski competition known to man or woman…The Pain McShlonkey Classic! Along with the Classic comes their annual promotional video. This year’s effort was produced by Matt Palmer and Grant Kaye.
In other McConkey related news the documentary on Shane’s life has been selected as a Spotlight Film for the Tribeca Film Festival held next month in New York City.
McConkey In Tribeca Film Festival coverage from the Ski Channel
Here is more information on the Pain McShlonkey Classic and the fundraising efforts of the McConkey Foundation courtesy of Freeskier:
Freeskier coverage of PMS