MICHELLE PARKER | BIG MOUNTAIN SKIING, LIFE & DEATH
On today’s Show, we speak with Red Bull Team Rider and Big Mountain Skier, Michelle Parker, about her deadly exciting career, injuries, the tragic number of friends she has lost (died), health, family, the Red Bull High Performance Program and so much more. She is an inspiring, intelligent, articulate and philosophical young woman, who is ruthlessly committed to living on purpose. An awesome conversation.
“Pay attention to your environment. Continuously check in on yourself. Don’t get cocky”. – Andy Walshe, Red Bull’s director of high performance
Michelle Parker grew up in Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe. With a racing background, she took to the mountains natural terrain by chasing the many local legends around Squaw. Her professional career as a skier started when she was 16 when she entered into her first slopestyle and halfpipe competitions. She was on the podium and competing at the major events, but quickly discovered that her passion was in the mountains.
After years of a successful competitive career, she shifted her direction to working with Matchstick Productions and other movie companies that allowed her to hone her big-mountain skills. She has appeared in over a dozen ski films and in 2013, she won Best Female Performance at the Powder Video Awards and the International Freeski Film Festival.
Fourteen years deep into her ski career, Michelle has found that her passion continues to grow the more she knows. While she still works with Matchstick Productions, she has found her desire to be in bigger mountains too strong of a pull to resist.
This past season she went on two separate expeditions to Alaska to seek new terrain and to climb and ski Denali. When she isn’t skiing, you’ll likely catch her climbing or mountain biking.
Michelle is also a co-founder of S.A.F.E. A.S. Clinics, founded in 2012, and teaches avalanche awareness and safety to skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels and abilities. S.A.F.E. A.S. has reached over 750 participants and raised nearly $25,000 for local charities and non-profits.
Valuable Links and References
- National Geographic Clip
- SAFE AS Clinics
- Black Crows Skis
- Squaw Valley
- Matchsticks – Drop Everything
- JP Auclair (RIP)
- Zen In The Martial Arts
- Thinking Body – Dancing Mind
- Dr Andy Walshe
- Robbie Maddison – NYE Jump
- Alex Honnold – Al Capitan Free Climb
- Ketogenic Diet – Endurance Athletes
- Unbroken Ground Trailer
- Gnarly Nutrition
- Adrian Ballinger