Michelle Parker

Love this Picture! Credits:Chris Coulter (click photo to be linked)
Love this Picture! Credits:Chris Coulter (click photo to be linked)

From the first time I seen this girl rip on a Matchsticks Production Ski Film I was hooked! She has such a free spirited presence to her.. & her style is so smooth! She charges some massive lines.. & drops some pretty rad cliffs too! The passion that she has for the sport & life in general just drives me to want to ski better.. to try new things… or even just to go for a hike in the backyard & appreciate & soak up all that is around you. You can see it in her eyes that she is determined to live her life to the fullest! I suggest you follow her on Instagram… Her pictures show you the world through her eyes… & she has some pretty unreal shots.

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Photo Credit: Blake Jorgenson
Photo Credit: Blake Jorgenson

When you don’t see her on the slopes… you can guess she is either mountain biking down some trails… or hanging off the side of a rock… or calming her spirit through yoga.

Credits: Chris Coulter
Credits: Chris Coulter

Last year her & a few other leading ladies in the ski world decided to put together S.A.F.E A.S. (Skiers Advocating and Fostering Education for Avalanche and Snow Safety) Clinics for women! Not only do they teach you the reality & risks of the Mountains & how to stay safe… but they also give you a YOGA class with Sherry McConkey, & an afternoon full of skiing followed by some great prizes!! I suggest looking into this. I was dying to go to this clinic this year… I got in contact with Michelle Parker about it (reason 153 why I think she is so down to earth as she has taken the time to respond to my messages & fill me full of tips & facts regarding this clinic among other things). For all you skiers out there… I cannot stress enough the importance of Mountain Safety.. so please educate yourself before heading out into the back country. Click on the link below to see if they are coming to a resort near you… It may be booked up this year.. but at least you will be aware of it & can get a head start on the 2014 year.

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The Ladies Of S.A.F.E. A.S. (click photo for their facebook link)

S.A.F.E. A.S.

http://safeasclinics.wordpress.com

Seeing this gal can’t get enough of the snow & winter…. she is teamed up with SASS Global Travel where she works as a ski coach for a month of the summer in Argentina! (talk about living the life eh..!?) If you are interested or have the chance.. I suggest you check this out & join Michelle & her team there next year!

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SASS Global Travel – Click Photo For Link

Michelle also works hard for others & raises awareness from climate change to helmet protection.

She has been faced with many challenges… from multiple knee surgeries.. to helping heal close friends… to losing great friends who continue to inspire her. All of this has made Michelle who she is today… a strong, beautiful soul ready for whatever adventure strikes her next! This is where she inspires me… she works hard.. she pushes through & all in having a great Smile spread across her face & embracing all life has to offer her!

Credits: www.michelle-parker.com
All SMILES – Credits: http://www.michelle-parker.com

Make sure to check her out in:

Warren Millers–> Ticket to Ride  … You can watch Michelle’s segment below… or click on this link to see when the Premiere is coming to you! http://www.skinet.com/warrenmiller/events/canadian-film-tour

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MatchStick Productions –> Days Of My Youth (coming 2014)

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Click Photo to Watch Trailer

& Super Heroes of Stoke (Michelle’s segment Below)

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Click Photo For Video

She starting skiing at the age of 1… went pro at 15… & now at 26 is one of the most influential big mountain female skiers around… plus she is giving those boys a run for their money too!

She displays a fun loving spirit that makes you want to get out there & enjoy every minute of what it is YOU love..!! So get to it Ladies!

Also be sure to check out the following foundations that are keeping alive a couple important Pioneers of Skiing!

Shane McConkey Foundation

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Sarah Burke Foundation

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Also Check out these organizations she is a huge Fan of:

Helmets Are Cool – https://www.facebook.com/HighFivesFoundation?directed_target_id=0

Climate Reality – https://www.facebook.com/climatereality?fref=ts

Get Out & Play!!

Luv Ya… WRG

(All photo credits are to those who took them… & linked to each photo)

Also there may be a slight switch up in the “Women Who Rock” schedule.. there is sooo much to learn about these amazing ladies.. I may need to take more time on each. I will keep you posted!

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Women Who Rock

I have been getting very inspired the last year by some amazing women who Rock!! Not only do these lovely ladies know how to have fun… but they also seem extremely down to earth… & they stick true to what they love without getting caught up in the “Hype” of being a “Superstar”… if you know what I mean.

I often hear ladies saddened by the fact that other women judge them before getting to know them. This breaks my heart, because often those who are saddened have the most beautiful souls! My parents always taught my brother & I to never judge anyone until WE..ourselves know them. To this day my brother & I have done this.. & because of this we have met some really great people & made some really good friends. You don’t judge a book by its cover… so why judge a person by theirs…right!?

With this being said… most women are the bad for this. Most men stick together… they look after each other.. they get excited when each other succeed… they have healthy competition.. they have a beer after.. they help each other…

I’m not saying women don’t do the same for each other… I’m just saying a lot of them are quicker to judge then lend a hand. & I feel it can only benefit us to work harder on looking after one another.

How does this work in to my Women Who Rock… Although I don’t know these ladies personally…. I do feel that they are STOKED to be Strong Women.. & they strive to push other women & girls to be strong, have fun & care for one another… That’s why over the next few weeks I will feature two of these women every Thursday on my blog post!

I promise you will be inspired by each of these ladies, just as I am now! From the Mountains to the Ocean & everywhere in between… These Ladies know how to Rock It!

Week 1 – Michelle Parker – Big Mountain Skier

Week 1 – Kaya Turski – Freestyle Skier

Week 2 – Lakey Peterson – Pro Surfer

Week 2 – CoCo Ho – Pro Surfer

Week 3 – Lynz Pastrana – Pro Skateboarder/NitroCircus/Mom

Week 3 – Jolene Van Vugt – MotoCross Racer/NitroCircus

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(Photo Credit to those who took these. Pictures are not my own. Thank you to those who share.)

Keep in tune ladies… Let this inspiration set you out to push forward, follow dreams, & be your own Super Star in the making!!

Luv Ya… WRG