March 26, 2011 will mark the much-anticipated comeback of The Pain McShlonkey Classic at Squaw Valley USA. This action packed on and off-mountain event will serve as a hilarious tribute to legendary skier Shane McConkey as pros and amateurs battle for the highly coveted Golden Saucer trophy and bragging rights.
Celebrated for his playful spirit, McConkey was the mastermind behind the original Pain McShlonkey Open that debuted in 2003. What began as a behind-the-scenes late-night race between competitors at the 1998 Winter X Games has evolved into a beloved event, attracting athletes from around the world.
Saturday’s on-mountain antics promise excitement and entertainment for all as the world’s top winter athletes hang up their precision-tuned skis and boards to compete in true McConkey style – on snow blades!
Festivities begin with the Extreme Small Mountain Snowlerblade Invitational where a select group of 30 pros will negotiate Squaw Valley’s legendary terrain on K2 Fatty snow blades. Cheer on the pros like Daron Rahlves, JT Holmes, Scott and Robb Gaffney and Jeremy Jones as they jockey for the podium.
For event details, registration information, ski and lodging packages, and to make a donation visit www.shanemcconkey.org.