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.
Last winter freeskier Bobby Brown teamed up with famed follow cam filmer Matt Cook–AKA "Ski Chef"–to film a flowy top-to-bottom park line down Mammoth Mountain entirely in one take. Brown claimed it was one of the most difficult film projects he's ever undertaken, just because of all the variables. Everything had to go perfect, from the jumps they had built to the wind, Matt keeping up with Bobby, and then Bobby actually landing all the tricks. Imagine linking together a run of tricks from
With the latest ski movies featuring the classic formula of an urban segment, backcountry segment and a park shoot, it's become more and more rare to see one skier in all of them. That's exactly what Sweedish freeskier Laurent de Martin did while filming for the latest Level 1 feature, Laurent spent his 2017 season touring the globe, road tripping through BC in search of pillows, driving the streets of Moscow to scout rails and getting in a mega park jump session at Mammoth during
Karl Fostvedt and Lucas Wachs have become renowned for having some of the most playful styles and biggest sets of cajones in backcountry skiing. Last year the two teamed up with filmer Jasper Newton and the Good Company crew to film their first short film "Barking at the Door". The duo of Lucas and Karl's skiing combined with Jasper's eye and the Good Company production makes for one the most entertaining and eye-popping ski films of late. The boys hit the iconic Chad's Gap jump, where Karl