In the spirit of not taking yourself seriously, competitors did not hold back at this year’s Pain McShlonkey Classic. The event was a huge success and is an annual ode to Squaw Valley legend Shane McConkey. I thought I would share some of the madness that went down this weekend.
You might have heard us boasting about our plan for enhanced grooming before the 2011-12 season kicked off. Our fleet consisted of 18 machines and now we’ve ramped up to 22. So, to really get a feel for what our groomers get into at night, I decided to get out there and experience it for myself.
Reunited and it feels so good! The snow finally came and fell upon our lovely valley. We received 60” in fact. Yesterday was my first powder day of the season and I could not have been happier! I rode up the Funitel like a 5 year old child, practically jumping out of the cabin as the doors swung open. There I was, greeted with fresh snow.
Ever wonder what goes into that epic ski shot? There are countless moving parts to consider: the perfect light, the movement, the snow, the backdrop, and the list goes on. The initial concept must be a shared view between photographer and athlete. After all, isn’t it the athlete who makes or breaks the shot?
Halloween is a favorite holiday of mine. Not only because it’s the one time of the year you can get away with eating an abundance of candy and sweets, but you can embody your favorite character for one night (or the whole weekend!).