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.
The Real Skifi crew is back again with their unique brand of new age ski wizardry. With each edit these guys make, you question the limits of skiing and what actually falls into the loose definition of the sport itself. To these Finnish freestyle fanatics, it's really anything you can do in ski boots with skis under your feet. So let your imagination take hold on this whole concept of "skiing" and watch as the boys take to the streets, woods, and lakes of Finland.
Every year, TGR puts on the Grom Comp with the goal of showcasing the next generation of talent in skiing and snowboarding. Each year we are blown away by the talent and dedication on display from groms who submit an edit. From the park to the backcountry, the future of both skiing and snowboarding is in the good hands courtesy of these young chargers. Powder day in the Canyon. Max Meza photo. With so many entries this year it was difficult to choose a winner, but one skier rose to the top.