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.
Every ski area comes with a requisite crew of locals that know each and every inch of the mountain, know exactly when patrol will drop that rope, and are hell-bent on having a good time every single day no matter what. Enter the Loveland Rat Pack, a crew of rowdy Coloradans who have the beta on all the secret stashes at the small I-70 resort just up the road from Denver.
Sometimes, with the pressure involved with shooting segments in faraway places of the world, our athletes can forget why they came out there in the first place: to have fun and enjoy the incredible feeling sliding on snow gives. Well, not Tim Durtschi, who can find the humor in anything and has more than his fair share of moments creatively goofing off in the backcountry. Check out the next episode of Rogue Beings, an inside look at the amazing athletes behind our film Rogue Elements.
It’s no secret that to sustain a career as professional skier, you have to put in the off-season training hours. That doesn't just mean going to South America for a few weeks or riding your bike once the trails dry up, but it means hitting the gym and using every chance you can get to gain strength for the winter. Scott multisport athlete Dane Tudor spends much of his winter on huge backcountry ski missions with the TGR crew, but his off-season is anything but “off”. He is busy putting in