Editor’s Note: On August 17, The Inertia’s EVOLVE Summit will celebrate individuals making positive contributions to surf and outdoor culture. Michelle Parker is arguably one of the best freeskiers in the sport today. She’s become a leader in the ski industry but it’s taken time for her to find her voice. She’ll be discussing how women have broken through in male-dominated sports with Keala Kennelly in Los Angeles at EVOLVE next month. Tickets sold out quickly last year, so grab one before they’re gone. Enter LASTCALL at checkout to save $35 tickets until August 10th.
When I started filming as a skier, it was really male-dominated. Until Ingrid Backstrom came along and Sarah Burke – women that really helped to pave the way. But when I was younger, I didn’t think of it as being a man’s world. My dad had me tagging along and I always felt like an equal to any of the boys. I played baseball and he was my coach.