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Date(s) - 11/30/2023
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Winter Speaker Series #1: Michelle Parker’s A New Perspective

Winter Speaker Series #1: Michelle Parker

Photo of Michelle Parker by Aaron Blatt @blattphoto

November 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

One of freeskiing’s most recognizable and in-demand talents, Michelle Parker feels most at home when tackling big mountain terrain. 2022 marked the 20th season of Michelle Parker’s professional skiing career, and year after year, a desire to learn and evolve has seen the popular freeskier push the ceiling of the sport. Parker, now one of the ski industry’s most versatile female skiers, has appeared in over a dozen ski films and in 2013, 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. Over the last several years, the Tahoe native worked with Red Bull to create the popular mini-series Originate. In 2022, Parker took on the role of director for the energy brand’s next film, Continuum.

Just before the Red Bull Continuum film project was slated to launch, Parker’s father was diagnosed with dementia, after already struggling for eight years with Parkinson’s Disease. The reality of the diagnosis allowed Parker to reconsider her priorities in order to work from home and spend as much time with her father as possible. Instead of sending lines with her trademark fluidity, Parker became a part-time caregiver for her father. The new experience gave one of the darlings of the ski industry a new perspective on the fragility of life. In her show A Shift In Perspective, Parker will take us on an emotional journey that showed her how time spent with her father was life’s biggest gift yet, and how this new perspective helped her succeed on a recent big mountain, Alaskan ski expedition.

Our nonprofit beneficiary for Winter Speaker Series #1 is TAMBA.

The Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that builds, maintains, and advocates for multi-use trails in Tahoe while providing education to all trail users and hosting fun community events. TAMBA works in partnership with land managers such as the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada State Parks, California State Parks, and the City of South Lake Tahoe. In addition, TAMBA helps maintain more than 100 miles of trail per year.

Thanks to Michelle’s sponsors: Anon, Arc’teryx, Darn Tough Vermont, Mammut, Peak Skis, Pomoca, Red Bull, Sanuk

We’re bringing the Winter Speaker Series to our sister mountain community! Mammoth Lakes Recreation is excited to bring their community together for a live, in-person screening of this event! Mammoth Lakes Recreation events will have a raffle, beer/wine/non-alcoholic drinks, and the same amazing stories you have come to know and love. See you there!

 

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