Hometown: Tahoe City, CA
Skiing Inspiration: Shane McConkey, CR Johnson
Favorite Zone: Enchanted Forest - it's packed with hidden hits and I hear magical gnomes live there too.
Earliest Squaw Alpine Memory: Mighty Mite Big Air Competition - I was terrified, wedged my way down the entire in-run and caught zero air. I guess you could say I've changed a bit.
Best Squaw Alpine Memory: My first lap down Smoothies in the Spring (Squaw's best corn skiing). I was 10 years old and thought I knew every run, cliff and hit at Squaw and then BOOM there was Smoothies. It was like opening a new world in Super Mario or something.
Go-to Après Spot: Wildflour Cookie Shop for pizza bagels & cookies.
Favorite Squaw Alpine Event: PMS (Pain McShlonkey)
Greatest Achievement: Winning the Freeskiing World Tour in 2015
Best Ski Accessory: Carrying extra glove liners. My Swany gloves have interchangeable liners. On pow days I'll swap liners mid-day and BOOM my hands are miraculously dry and warm again. It's great.
Born in Oakland, CA Connery grew up a Bay Area weekend warrior making the trek to Squaw Valley with his family every weekend. At 18 he switched gears from racing to freeskiing and attended the University of Colorado Boulder. After graduating Connery moved back to Squaw Valley to seriously pursue his dream, freeskiing. The following year he won the Freeskiing World Tour in 2015. Since then he’s transitioned from competing to filming, which was always the end goal. Connery has stared in MSP films like "Drop Everything" and filmed with Powder Magazine for their first movie, “Monumental: Skiing Our National Parks”. Connery resides in… you guessed it, Squaw Valley and hopes to see you on the slopes this year!
Blizzard Skis, Tecnica Ski Boots, Spyder, POC Sports, Swany Gloves
Hobbies Besides Skiing
Cliff jumping, Soccer, Photography, Video Editing, Rock Climbing, & Petting Fuzzy Animals.
Race Results and Accolades
- 2nd in the Switch Slalom at the PMS
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