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.
McConkey was the mastermind behind the original Pain McShlonkey Open which debuted in 2003 featuring a Switch GS, a Saucer Small Air and the timeless Chinese Downhill. 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.
This year’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 snowlerblades!
The throw down will go down on Saturday, March 26 starting with the Extreme Snowlerblading Small Mountain Invitational where a select group of 30 athletes will negotiate Squaw Valley’s legendary terrain on K2 Fatty snowblades. Cheer on pros like Daron Rahlves, JT Holmes, Scott and Robb Gaffney and Jeremy Jones as they jockey for the podium.
Later, the pros will take on 30 of McConkey’s biggest fans in an anything-goes Snowlerblade Chinese Downhill. This all-out snowlerblade banzai will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser as a cast of celebrity judges adds to the hysterics. A jury of McConkey’s peers will select the 30 amateur competitors via an online contest.
The day will end with a raging after party at Squaw’s newly remodeled Bar One. Tickets are $25 and guests must be 21 or older to attend. Valid ID is required. Proceeds will benefitProtect Our Winters and the Shane McConkey Foundation.