Website created to help family of Shane McConkey | SierraSun.com

Website created to help family of Shane McConkey

Sun Staff Report

Family and friends of legendary skier Shane McConkey, who died Thursday while BASE jumping in Italy, have set up a website to help his family. The Olympic Valley, Calif., resident is survived by his wife and young daughter.

To learn more, visit http://shanemcconkey.org.

McConkey was attempting a cliff jump in the Italian Dolomites in which he was to release his skis and then use a “wing suit” and parachute to fly through the air, according to news reports. McConkey was a pioneer of these so-called ski BASE jumps.

One of the skis did not release, and McConkey was unable to deploy his parachute, ESPN reported.

McConkey starred in numerous ski films as both a big-mountain skier and a ski-BASE jumper. He also won several national and international skiing competitions, including the X Games and World Extreme Skiing Championships.