Air Barbie

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One of the more interesting twists in the history of the new school aerials being thrown by today's park-and-pipe skiers is that many of the moves were first developed in the athletes' living rooms, with the help of G.I. Joe action figures.

Now a young entrepreneur has taken that concept a step further, besting Joe with the Original Huck Doll line, a collection of rubbery action figures representing some of the best skiers and snowboarders on the planet, including the likes of new school heroes Shane McConkey and Kent Kreitler. Each Huck Doll comes with detachable skis and poles or a snowboard. "It's a Gumby for the new millennium," says Huck Doll CEO Jay Peters.

And it's surprisingly realistic. "McConkey's sponsors support the project," says Peters, "so his doll will have Sessions clothing and miniature Volant skis." Shane will cost in the 12- to 15-dollar range -- a bargain, considering that you can tie him in knots and he won't complain. Check out


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McConkey...Shane McConkey

Skiing Will Never Be The Same: The Life and Death of Shane McConkey

On the surface, there was the nose picking on camera, the scatological humor, the pranks, and the endless self-mockery. But Shane McConkey was no lightweight. He revolutionized skiing three times—challenging what we ski, how we ski, and even how we think about skiing. So when cinematographers, ski manufacturers, and skiers wanted to predict the future, they looked to him. After a tragic accident this past spring, skiers came to one conclusion: Skiing Will Never Be The Same.