If you have yet, then it is worth the trip to www.ShaneMcConkey.org. This website was created as a memorial to Shane and a way for information to be communicated. You can find the details for the memorial there and then 40 pages of messages to Sherry and Ayla about Shane and his life. I knew Shane from around Squaw Valley and always thought he was a nice guy with an amazing ability in skiing for which he had made a career. What I did not know is how deeply he affected so many people in his all too short life. Just read a few of the comments and you will know what I mean. The impact Shane left on those he worked/played with is one thing but almost as impressive are the many strangers whose lives he touched. Shane will be missed but his presence will always be felt in Squaw Valley… and from reading these comments, around the world as well.
Archive for March, 2009
What a beautiful spring weekend full of events. Squaw Valley hosted the US Freestyle Championships for the last 4 days. Talk about a world class group of athletes on the mountain. There was some amazing competition, fun for all to watch, athletes from a variety of places here to show their stuff.
The ski conditions were very spring like with frozen runs early in the morning, perfect corn for a few hours mid morning and slush by the end of the day. We are looking forward to some great spring skiing in the weeks ahead.
The community of Squaw Valley cries again for the loss of another local athlete. Shane McConkey died on Thursday while filming a ski movie in Italy. A variety of news articles are on the web sharing the story about this tragedy. Just google Shane McConkey and you’ll have a collection of reading. Here’s a good one from the New York Times. Apparently, Shane experienced a technical malfunction after skiing of a cliff causing problems in the air and resulting in a fall to his death.
My heart feels for his wife Sherry and daughter Ayla who will suffer the most from this loss. They are locals her in Squaw Valley and will be embraced by this community. Emails are already flying about how everyone can come together and support Sherry as she comes to terms with the loss of her husband.
Shane McConkey was an icon in the sport of skiing. He pushed the limits like very few athletes dare to do. Shane is a huge part of what extreme skiing has become. He lived life to its fullest and will be greatly missed here in his home town and on his home mountain Squaw Valley.
www.UniversalSports.com has supplied a great source for ski enthusiasts to watch ski racing. By logging on you can watch the race you want, when you want and see more of the race the provided on television. Take a look at this article and enjoy the recognition Alex Cushing received for following his dream.
Saturday was spring conditions on the mountain. Corn snow, especially on the south facing slopes. Portions of KT22 remained closed due to the conditions and lack of sun to soften it up. On Saturday morning I skied Smoothies for the first time of the season and it was smooth and amazing as usual. The traverse is long but so worth it. Late yesterday afternoon it started to snow and we awoke to a foot of fresh powder around the houses with 1 to 1 1/2 ft on the mountain. Back to winter ski conditions today and certainly fun. Most of the upper mountain will open tomorrow so it should be a great day as well. The storm has ceased, the sun is shining, everything is laden with snow, oh the winter wonderland.
Today is the opening day of sales for the new 50/60 value season passes at Squaw Valley USA. We, here at Lawrence Realty , purchased our passes for next year’s ski season this morning. Midweek passes start at $369 and head upward from there in a tiered system to a full pass (with no blackout dates and extra perks). The sales are open until May 11, 2009 or while supplies last. The local residents are ecstatic. Those long time patrons are getting a better deal to ski on the mountain they have supported year after year and those who gave up on Squaw or were at other mountains are talking about getting a Squaw pass. We wish Squaw Valley USA success in their sales today and over the next few weeks. If it works maybe they’ll keep the tiered value pricing as a norm. Yeah!
Conditions today are warm and spring like. Wax those skis and boards for spring snow, start your day on the groomers and then follow the sun pattern to find the perfect spring skiing conditions.
It is spring conditions on the mountain. The snow freezes overnight and off piste is very unforgiving until the sun hits it. Actually today off KT22 the patrol had closed most of the west runs. We’ll see what the weather has in store for the weekend.
In light of the current economic times, where everyone is feeling a bit uncertain about the future, it is heart warming to be a part of a community that cares. I have two examples of the generosity in our community (which includes both full time residents and second home owners).
Tahoe Community Nursery School is a local preschool which my son attends, small, non-profit, not state supported. The funds to run the school come from tuition, which is fairly affordable, and fund raising. In January, our major fund raiser fell through leaving the school in dire need to raise money to finish the school year. The solution was to raffle off a snow mobile and a variety of other prices, for $20 tickets. In about one month’s time the school, staff, students and families were able to sell enough tickets to raise approximately $25,000. This will allow us to finish the school year and have a cushion to start the next. My son sold the winning ticket to a long time Squaw Valley local who lives down the street from us. Thanks to all who contributed.
The second effort from the community was done by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. They figured in these economic times, if we all come together and give a little, a lot can be accomplished to help the components of the community that may be suffering. With the help of volunteers they spread the word to “Expect the Call”, and the community came together last night and gave. By simply knowing a call was coming, asking for a donation, TTCF collected approximately $85,000 last night alone. The funds will be spread throughout the community where it is needed most. Lawrence Realty is proud to be an active part of the Tahoe/Truckee community.
Yesterday it drizzled all day and then rained last night. I awoke this morning to rain beating on the windows, not my favorite way to wake up. Just now it turned to snow and let’s hope it stays that way. The forecast is calling for snow thru the night and letting up tomorrow late in the day. Hopefully it stays cold enough and the snow will continue to fall. Everyone think snow.
If you haven’t heard, I’ll spread the word. Squaw Valley just release their season pass prices for next year and they are astonishing. Everyone is excited, talk about a buzz, here locally and beyond. In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Squaw Valley opening and the 50th Anniversary of the Winter Olympics held here and in light of the current economic challenges people are facing… you can now buy a Squaw Valley season pass for $369 (with black out dates). Amazing!!! Squaw Valley has developed a tiered pass system with Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum offering skiers/riders a variety of restrictions and/or benefits depending on the price you are willing to pay for a Squaw pass. These passes go on sale March 20th so be ready as I have heard their is a limited supply. Check out the article in the SF Chronicle, word travels fast. We here at Lawrence Realty commend the resort for the effort they are making and wish them success.