(December 30, 1969 - March 26, 2009) Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shane McConkey was a legendary and iconic professional skier based out of Squaw Valley, California.
McConkey started out as a competitive mogul skier, but moved on to help forge the sport of freeskiing and was prominently featured in a long line of ski movies over the past 15 years. Later in his career, McConkey became known for combining base jumping with skiing, as seen in such feats as skiing into a BASE jump off the Eiger during one of Matchstick Productions' films. He is also known for his contributions to ski design which include reintroducing fat skis to the mainstream market, and inventing reverse sidecut and reverse camber skis.
McConkey tragically died on March 26th, 2009 in an accident while filming with Red Bull and Matchstick in Italy. He was performing a ski-BASE jump in which he was to launch himself off of a cliff, then detach his skis and deploy a parachute. Unfortunately, he was not able to get one of his skis off, which sent him spinning out of control and prevented him from deploying the chute. He was 39.
McConkey is survived by his wife Sherry, their daughter Ayla, and millions of fans who he brought an immeasurable amount of memories, inspiration, stoke and laughs to. He will be missed.