We are devastated to learn that Shane McConkey was killed while ski BASE jumping in Italy. This article from ESPN gives some of the details. We are thinking of his wife and daughter, remembering his amazing achievements and his defining sense of humor and missing him deeply.
After hitting a high of $1889 this season, Squaw is finally dropping prices on their season passes! Restricted passes start as low as $369 and a totally unrestricted pass is $949, if you buy before May 11, 2009. Details here.Thanks Squaw!
Here’s video of the Lua’s Lane line, skied last Saturday morning. This is the first time that anyone has dropped in from the very top of the line rather than entering from Mole Chute. Skier two drops in from the top of Lua’s Lane at approximately eight seconds. Skier one was already on the face below, having entered Lua’s Lane from the top of Mole Chute (the chute to skier’s left).
Here are some photos. Click one one to see the high-res versions.
The rain finally turned over to snow and NOAA is calling for more than two feet by Wednesday. The Tram Face comp promoters are saying that the most likely window to unleash the comptetiors on Tram Face is Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. If conditions aren’t good enough by Thursday morning, the contest results will be based on the scores from the Silverado runs last Friday.
Tram Face is the ultimate Squaw venue; it epitomizes Squaw’s steep, rowdy terrain and its position just above the parking lot is the perfect arena for competitors to give 1000% for the crowds and the cameras. It’s fitting that this long-awaited contest is hinging on Squaw’s fickle weather patterns, where two-days of rain have scoured the area and two days of snow is poised to dump feet and create ideal conditions.