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Pain McShlonkey 2012 at Squaw

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Just a few pictures from Saturdays Pain Mc.Shlonkey snowblade "small mountain" contest.  Pretty gnarly conditions, snow was refrozen chunder, with not a single soft patch on the whole venue.

 

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Darhon Rahlves and a partner dropping ICe Goddess

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Robb Gaffney

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Some of the more creative descents on snowblades

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Rahlves doing one-blade skiing after wiping out on the Ice Goddess

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Nice pics.  I almost went up.  Perhaps I should have. 

 

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I was there and saw some funny shit in the lodge.  While sitting in "Dave's Deli" bar a colorful fellow came walking out of the rest room with his snowblades on and casually strolled back outside to the snow.  Then shortly after I heard a funny sound and saw someone snowblade shussing the stairs to the upstairs bar they without missing a beat just began walking through the deli and outside!  Some funny sights for sure!

 

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Rahlves won it.... 

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Rahlves won it.... 



LEt's see how he does tomorrow for the straight ski races. I have a vested interest. 

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Is he wearing your "vest"?

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Nice pics.  I almost went up.  Perhaps I should have. 

 


I wish i did too! missed out big time nonono2.gif

 

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LEt's see how he does tomorrow for the straight ski races. I have a vested interest. 



Heard a rumor that it was a great Straight Ski day on KT22, however the founder of HighFives, organizer of the event today, suffered a serious leg injury.  

Healing thoughts to Roy.  

 

Still looking for pics of the fun action. 

 

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That looks like a great spectator event.

Mike
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That looks like a great spectator event.
Mike


It is! 

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It is indeed...  This year it was a super-silly thing, because the conditions were way to dangerous for anything adventurous.   The thing to watch was the Chineese downhill, Dahron Rahlves made is a real fun to watch, he won basically on the last turn putting his racing skills in line choice to a good use.  The freestyle competition was just silliness, but a lot of fun still.  

 

Having said that, I am bit concerned with the direction this McConkey related events at Squaw are going.   I think it is good not to take skiing seriously, but I am getting tired of people proclaiming out loud that they re the best skier on the mountain.  When McConkey did it, the real joke was that he really was the best...  A good clown has to be an awesome juggler, otherwise he just looks like a fool and there is no joke...  it is a lot easier to strap on a silly costume and pretend to be like a dick, than to learn to ski on the level that McConkey, Robb Gaffney, and others did.  They got bored of skiing the same rad lines over and over, so they invented GNAR and started being silly.    I think a lot of people skip that first part (and a lot of them don't even have to pretend too much), and that sort of things is tacitly encouraged by blogs like Unofficial.  

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It is indeed...  This year it was a super-silly thing, because the conditions were way to dangerous for anything adventurous.   The thing to watch was the Chineese downhill, Dahron Rahlves made is a real fun to watch, he won basically on the last turn putting his racing skills in line choice to a good use.  The freestyle competition was just silliness, but a lot of fun still.  

 

Having said that, I am bit concerned with the direction this McConkey related events at Squaw are going.   I think it is good not to take skiing seriously, but I am getting tired of people proclaiming out loud that they re the best skier on the mountain.  When McConkey did it, the real joke was that he really was the best...  A good clown has to be an awesome juggler, otherwise he just looks like a fool and there is no joke...  it is a lot easier to strap on a silly costume and pretend to be like a dick, than to learn to ski on the level that McConkey, Robb Gaffney, and others did.  They got bored of skiing the same rad lines over and over, so they invented GNAR and started being silly.    I think a lot of people skip that first part (and a lot of them don't even have to pretend too much), and that sort of things is tacitly encouraged by blogs like Unofficial.  

 

Hey, I love it. Seeing people ski with smiles and having a ballin time out there is what I dig so I condone this behavior. Sure, "Im the best skier on this mountain" can get annoying, but regardless, I love the atmosphere.

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