Pros: Good flow through his life story
Cons: Would have liked to see more about his innovations in ski gear
There was no better place to kick off the world premier of McConkey than Squaw Valley.
The Vibe and Party: 5 Stars
Walking through the village was like foreplay for an evening that was filled with all kinds of excitement, with the who's who of the ski world talking about Shane, talking about the sick ski line they shared with him, and talking about how their ski world has changed for the better because of Shane's influence. There were small personal groups gathering around the village at places like Le Chamois where it was obvious that these people were part of a special group that were touched by Shane in a very personal way.
The KT22 Base Bar was transformed into a movie theater with the hill side as the "bring your own blanket" seating, and a Thank You Shane illuminating the Tram Face.
I was lucky enough to get a place on the edge of the service road directly in front of the screen, and on target with the parachute drop. This only added to my stoke level.
The Kick off:
To kick off the evening, JT Holmes, Timy Dutton, and Miles Daisher parachuted into the festivities.
The Movie: 4.5 stars
I'm one of the people in this group who never met Shane and didn't know him personally, but I have seen his crazy antics and talent on the screen over the years which drew me in.
This movie did a great job of showing Shane's life, his upbringing, and his dark moments that brought him to the place we're more familiar with.
The progression of what drove him to the next big thing was not a surprise but it was interesting to see the personal side of what drove him and how he got there in an intellectual way.
I found the interviews with his parents and the footage of his dad's skiing extremely interesting and a telling sign of where he got his "Shane-ness".
The family footage of his time with Sherry and Ayla tugged at my heart, what an awesome family. (I won't tell you how much I cried when Sherry spoke at the end)
I expected to see a bit more about Shane's influence with K2 skis and ski gear innovation.
Video cred: Powder Magazine
If you're looking for the average ski movie filled with big pow lines and crazy cliff hucking, this is not the movie for you.
If you're looking for a movie that tells a story about an amazing influence in our ski world, buy your tickets now and make sure you get there early.