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.
Forget high winds on chairlifts, like what happened in the Alps earlier this year. According to news sources in Georgia, a ski-lift accident has left eleven people injured when the chair’s brakes failed and sent passengers sliding backwards down the hill. The accident occurred at Georgia’s popular Gudauri ski resort, near the capital Tbilisi, this morning. Video footage from onlookers shows some passengers jumping off the lift, while others are flung violently from the chair as it whipped
For those who grew up on the West Coast—like myself—I always heard the stereotypical description that slopes back East were "icy." Well, you can thank the Ski The East team for exposing you sneaky liars. Sure there might be ice–BUT–everyone glosses over the fact that if you time it right, there's plenty of pow to be found too. In their most recent edit of the "Promised Land" series, Ski The East also gets their fair share of pow, scoring big in Stowe, Vermont. Watch as the crew shreds
One of skiing's dirty little secrets is that–at its highest levels–the sport is, well, dirty. Despite being a sport that relies entirely on an increasingly fickle and unpredictable climate–and one in which many of the most prominent athletes are advocates for environmental activism–going out and getting shots can leave a pretty large carbon footprint. Helis, snowmobiles and international flights all have two things in common: They burn a ton of fuel and are used to film damn near every ski