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.
George Jedenoff celebrated his 100th birthday in style with Snowbird reopening the resort so he could rip up the slopes. The best part of this entire interview... was that Jedenoff wanted to go heli-skiing instead. He talks about how he celebrated his 80th birthday with a day heli-skiing in New Zealand. It's people like Jedenoff who inspire us all to ski until we can't.
Ever wonder where the longest ski line in the world is? You might be surprised to find out it's actually in North America. The border between Alaska and the Yukon is defined by several massive glaciated peaks, including Mt. St. Elias, home to an 18,000-foot ski descent from the summit all the way to the Pacific Ocean. This spring, Janelle and Mark Smiley, along with friend Jed Porter, set off the climb and ski the peak. After getting dropped off on the beach at the foot of the mountain, it
Beartooth Basin, WY has been absolutely going off this summer, but as soon as the Bunch showed up, things got turned up yet another notch. The crew just dropped their summer edit filled with everything summer skiing is made of: wiggles, slushy park seshes, huge cornice airs, and some absolutely massive slams. Yep, these dudes know how to have fun.