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Posted on August 3rd, 2009 by Spencer

SEATTLE, Wash. (July 31, 2009) – On March 26, 2009, ski legend Shane McConkey died in a ski BASE jumping accident in the Italian Dolomites. In countless ways, McConkey defined skiing as a lifestyle and by pushing the boundaries of the sport.

Shane was a member of the K2 Skis team and was a creative thinker who challenged conventional wisdom in ski design. His Pontoon rockered powder ski, introduced in 2004, was one of the most profound innovations in ski design in decades. His concept was soon after adopted by the snowboard market thus making the sports more fun for millions of enthusiasts.

To celebrate Shane’s life, K2 Skis will release a limited edition Shane McConkey Ski, built on the Pontoon chassis, in winter 2009. Graphically inspired by Shane’s personality, ability, and many contributions to our sport, the ski will be available at participating authorized K2 Dealers and K2skis.com beginning in October. Approximately 500 pair of the unique, individually numbered, commemorative skis will be produced. All net proceeds generated by sales of the Shane McConkey Tribute ski, suggested retail $699, will be donated to Shane’s family.

“Shane was a part of our K2 family,” said Jeff Mechura, Global Brand Director for K2 Sports. “He was the pure embodiment of everything that K2 stands for, and we cherished the time we were able to spend with him.  In many ways, Shane has changed the way we all think about life and skiing and we will miss him dearly. This ski is but one way to remember him and pay tribute to a legend of our sport”.

K2 has proudly lived and supported the ski bum lifestyle for 46 years. The brand’s products encourage millions of consumers in more than 60 countries to stop working, stop worrying and head to the mountains. The K2 Ski division is a part of Seattle-based K2 Sports family, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of like-minded winter and summer recreational products. The K2 brand and businesses are world renowned as leaders in design, production, marketing and sales. For more information on K2’s latest ski products, dealers and team activities, visit K2skis.com.

5 Responses to “K2 Releases Limited Edition Shane McConkey Pontoon Ski”

  1. Josh says:

    I was just wondering if the skis i got were good for an intermediate all mountain skier.
    I got a pair of k2 apache stryker skis 08-09 models. Please reply

  2. Jason says:

    Hey Josh-

    The Apache series is a good all-around ski for someone that wants a single ski quiver. They’ll perform well on groomers, but are decent in new snow and crud.

    The primary characteristic that is used to compare ski is the width in the center, commonly called width “under-foot”. This measurement will tell you a lot about the ski, including it’s overall surface area (wider usually means more surface area, which will help it perform better in new snow). In the past “all-mountain” skis have typically been around 80mm wide under-foot, but now-a-days, with advancements in ski design and construction a good all-mountain ski will be larger than 90mm under-foot. That will give you some extra float on powder days, without compromising the performance on hardpack.

    Your skis are a great place to start, but if you decide to buy another pair to supplement them in the future, I would recommend something closer to 100mm under foot. That would give you two skis to choose from depending on the conditions.

    Have fun out there!

  3. Ethan says:



    you need some hair on your peaches

  4. Orion says:

    Hi guys. Im doing an art project and would like to use the image above as a starting point. I was wondering who designed the photo and if he had a website of some sort?

  5. Spencer says:

    Contact Ryan at K2 Skis. He is the man when it comes to their art.

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