Top skiers will once again race down the slopes of Squaw Valley USA in the Pain McShlonkey Classic. The event took a hiatus after the death of its founder Shane McConkey, but has now returned to the ski area's spring event lineup March 26.
The event, which started as a late night race between Winter X Games competitors, debuted in 2003 at Squaw Valley. The comeback this year brings 30 pros to the slopes for unique races.
A select group of 30 pros, such as Daron Rahlves, JT Holmes, Scott and Robb Gaffney, and Jeremy Jones, will compete in the Extreme Small Mountain Snowlerblade Invitational on K2 Fatty snow blades. The pros then vie for first place along with 30 amateurs in the Snowlerblade Chinese Downhill.
Amateurs looking to enter the Snowlerblade Chinese Downhill must apply online by Feb. 28. The 30 amateur contestants will be picked via an online lottery contest answering in 51 words or less what superhero you would like to be and why. The registration fee is $1.
An after party at Squaw Valley's newly remodeled Bar One will cap off the day. Tickets cost $25 with proceeds going to Protect Our Winters and the Shane McConkey Foundation. Lodging specials are available at several hotels for the weekend.
The event is put on by the Shane McConkey Foundation and Squaw Valley. McConkey shaped the freeskiing scene with appearances in more than 26 movies.
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