Big mountain skier Michelle Parker grew up shredding Squaw Valley and starting skiing professionally at age 16, so she’s no stranger to the challenges of the mountains. In this episode of National Geographic's and Redbull’s joint project “TrailBlazHer”, she speaks on the importance of avalanche safety and what it has been like to grow up with the goal of becoming a pro skier. Parker has lost friends and relatives to the mountains, but rather than give up her passion in the face of these losses she started a group called SAFE AS (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Avalanche & Snow Safety). This all female group comes together to promote safe practices in the backcountry, and also compiles an all-star squad of ripping women. These ladies are more comfortable in the backcountry’s dangerous terrain than in their own backyards, so props to Parker for bringing awareness to safety in the backcountry.
Many skiers, when encountering a massive cliff blocking the entrance to their line of choice, will opt to bring a rope and rappel. 29-year-old French Freeride World Tour skier Wadeck Gorak decided to forego the hassle and go full send, hucking a massive air into a corn-filled couloir. He doesn’t seem to mind the rocks everywhere in the landing, either.
Yikes. Sofia Wikström took quite the tumble trying to stomp her line in the Scandinavian Big Mountain championships. At some point, something went egregiously wrong for the Swedish freeskier as she attempted this unforgiving cliff band. After tomahawking down the slope, it’s a miracle that she only walked away with a broken wrist and few scratches.
This winter has been quite the season for Spain’s Aymar Navarro, including stacking results on the Freeride World Tour, skiing huge lines all over the Alps, and skiing as much powder as possible. We all probably know him best from his South Lines web series, climbing and skiing couloirs in the southern hemisphere, all while we spend our days at the beach or on our bikes. This year, he plans on doing the same, but wanted to take advantage of one more powder day in Europe before packing up and