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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
Tahoe ski conditions went from ho hum to all time in twelve hours. It’s light, dry and deep out there.
The Space Coboys Unimog sound car made it’s annual pilgrimage to Squaw Valley for Snowfest this weekend. The sound car first appeared in the Black Rock Desert for the Burning Man Festival in 2001 and has been rocking the left coast ever since. Perfect weather on Friday and Saturday made for a great time to feast on San Francisco based electronica served up from the “Mog”.
Check out the complete Snowfest schedule of events here: 2013 North Lake Tahoe Snowfest Calendar of Events
Cooper Davis of Sugar Bowl received the first Sportgevity Award at the Smith IFSA Squaw National comp last weekend. Robb Gaffney was there to present the Sportgevity award which was established to recognize an outstanding athlete that exemplifies the qualities and decision making promoted by Sportgevity. The Sportgevity Award is given to an athlete who demonstrates the ability to select a fluid line and to ski or snowboard the line keeping in mind the following: knowing when to step up or step back, the rule of simplicity, and whether he/she could ski the same line for decades to come. Congratulations Cooper!
Between the gale force winds last night and the next round expected for tonight there was some fine powder to be skied today.