Hi, my name is Michelle Parker. My discipline is big mountain freeskiing/freeride. I was born on 10 May 1987 in Truckee, California, USA. My special talent is I can make a lot of funny faces. My philosophy of life is go with the flow. The most important person in my life is my family, my close friends, and the community of Tahoe. My favourite food is fruits and vegetables. My favourite music is Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones.
Michelle Parker got her start as a ski racer at her home resort of Squaw Valley, California. By age 15, she realised her passion was freeskiing, not racing. She competed in slopestyle and halfpipe at the US Open and X Games for a few years, but eventually she decided to switch gears from the park to big-mountain terrain. She signed up for a mountain guide training program in Haines, Alaska, and started taking her tricks to the backcountry.
Michelle, now one of the ski industry’s most versatile female skiers, has appeared in over a dozen ski films and in 2013, she won Best Female Performance at the Powder Video Awards and at the International Freeski Film Festival for her segment in Matchstick Productions’ Superheroes of Stoke.
“It’s a goal of mine to feel confident and comfortable in big-mountain terrain,” she says. “I’m excited to continue to broaden my athletic ability in skiing and become even more well-rounded.”
Michelle is now giving back to the ski industry that’s given her so much: She’s on the board of the High Fives Foundation, which helps injured athletes, and she helped launched a women’s avalanche safety clinic.
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