The 3rd annual Pain McShlonkey Classic, which commemorates and antics and snowblade legacy of the deceased Shane McConkey, is coming to Squaw Valley this weekend. Curbed Ski Editor Ryan Dunfee will be on-site to cover the contest for Powder Magazine, and those who are in Tahoe this weekend would do well to check it out. Tomorrow at 9 AM, a host of professional freeskiers, along with 30 lucky amateurs, will drop from the top of the KT-22 in a "Chinese Downhill," a top to bottom race with no gates where everyone drops at once on their tiny snowblades. Former American downhill champion Daron Rahlves will undoubtedly be gunning for first again this year, although the field in the Extreme Small Mountain Invitational, which takes place on Enchanted Forest and during which unruly snowbladers are likely to repel from tiny cliffs on their snowblades, Jack Daniels in hand.
In the afternoon, there's a costume contest at the KT Base Bar and a raging 80's party, one pieces encouraged, that you will not want to miss and which benefits the Shane McConkey Foundation. Even if you don't attend, just be warned for incredibly talented skiers negotiating the mountain in ridiculous outfits, booze in hand.
The 2013 Pain McShlonkey Classic [Shane McConkey Foundation]