McConkey service on Sunday
April 4, 2009
A memorial service for Shane McConkey will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday on the Olympic Plaza Sundeck (base of KT-22) at Squaw Valley USA.
A gathering of McConkey’s friends will follow at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympic Village Lodge.
McConkey died while jumping from a cliff March 26 in the Italian Dolomites. One of the 39-year-old’s skis didn’t release, and McConkey was unable to deploy his parachute.
Even though he travelled the world, McConkey’s presence in Squaw Valley was ubiquitous. From the many pairs of rockered skis that dangle from the chairs lifts, to the scores of 18- to 30-year-old Shane-idolizing dream chasers in Squaw Valley, McConkey impressions are everywhere.
“People live here because of Shane. People come to ski here because of Shane. They find euphoria skiing on skis invented by Shane, while skiing lines they saw Shane ski in a movie. Shane McConkey’s influence and resounding affect on the members of this community cannot be quantified,” wrote Savannah Cowley in a press release for Squaw Valley
Flags in Squaw Valley still hang at half mast. To share your memories and send your wishes to Sherry and Ayla, go to shanemcconkey.org.