The "It" Girl

Oct 23, 2007
Outside Magazine
Weight Q&A

How can I avoid gaining weight over the holidays?
Lose five pounds before Thanksgiving. Here's how: Bump up your strength training to three times weekly, which increases lean muscle mass and the rate at which you burn calories. Then aim for a steady weight loss of half a pound to one pound weekly by reducing intake by 350 to 500 calories daily. Emphasize high-fiber, low-fat foods and mix in modest amounts of lean protein. The combination will keep you feeling satiated longer.

Everyone in town knows Michelle Parker (pictured with Dan Robichaud and Amber, Sugar Bowl's two-year-old avalanche-rescue dog), and not just because she was the tomboy who grew up following freeskiing big man Shane McConkey around Squaw. Now 20, at 16 she was among the first women in the Winter X Games halfpipe event and took home second place in slopestyle at Vail's 2007 U.S. Freeskiing Open. Another reason it's hard to miss her? The five-foot-two huck doll drives a jacked-up four-door V8 Toyota Tundra with a Kicker audio system. And when she visits her favorite breakfast spot, Wildflour Baking Co., at the base of Squaw, to use her $130 cookie pass—good for 100 tasty home-baked treats and breakfast sandwiches—they know what kind she's after: peanut butter.

ON DAN (left): Stratos sunglasses ($125) by SPY OPTIC; Unity Suit ($549) by THE NORTH FACE; Windstopper Active gloves ($70) by HESTRA GLOVES; Caribou Reserve boots ($400) by SOREL.

ON MICHELLE (right): Sno Bunny beanie ($30) and Deville gloves ($50) by DAKINE; Luce Sunglasses ($125) by ANON; Larah jacket ($300), Magalie sweater ($120), and Joliette pants ($230) by ORAGE; Karin Boot TCY ($290) by TECNICA. Photographed at the Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe, California.

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