Ten Minute Interview: Michelle Parker

We chatted with Warren Miller Entertainment athlete Michelle Parker as she was driving across the country on a road trip. Here's what she had to say about knee injuries, the snow at Squaw, and filming with WME.

Growing up in a ski town developed my love and passion for the sport. Skiing was my daycare- it was what I did after school.  It was also an easy way for my parents to not have to worry about me.

I was four years old when I had my first race, but my first freeride competition was the US Open when I was 15.

My worst injury was March 26th, about two years ago. I landed on a rock jumping off of a cliff and I had to have two separate surgeries. I tore my ACL, had severe cartilage damage, a bucket flap meniscus tear, and a completely torn medial patellofemoral. I’m still recovering— I feel 100% when I’m skiing and hiking, but I still don’t have full range of motion.

Warren Miller is one of the most widely known companies and it is an honor to be a part of the film. It was really cool working with my best friends on my home mountain, and getting early-ups on the terrain at Squaw.

The conditions were epic. Some days it was super deep powder, and some days it was super light powder. It was awesome getting out early on the deepest snow I’ve ever skied.

Filming with Warren Miller will open up more doors within the industry. It’s a great stepping-stone.

I hope to do some more slopestyle competitions next year and to get my run down. I started skinning a lot this year too, so I hope to take some longer trips in the backcountry.

Park skiing is fun but I like being in the backcountry with friends where I can just float around. There is a lot of stress and pressure that comes from competitions. I like being competitive with only myself.

 My primary goals are based around filming— I want to have a good well-rounded segment. I still want to compete, but it takes up a lot of time and focus, and I feel my time is better spent with friends enjoying the backcountry. --Lauren Munroe