Gabby Palko

  • Name: Gabriella Palko
  • Nickname: Gabby
  • Hometown: Backseat of my parents’ Trooper!
  • Current Location: Valdez, Alaska
  • Gordini athlete since: 2021
  • Favorite Gordini product:
    Polar gloves and mittens- need the warmth!
  • What do you like most about working with Gordini?
    Vermont roots baby!
  • Primary Activities: Skiing, sailing
  • Other sponsors: Black Crows Skis, LeBent, Db, Lange, ATK
  • What are three words to describe yourself: Unconventional, multifaceted, bold
  • Career highlights:
    - Getting my first season pass at Mad River Glen in fifth grade
    - Receiving my first pair of girl’s skis and clothes after a lifetime of hand-me-dows from my older brother
    - Getting Glen Plake, my childhood ski hero, to sign my poster of his mohawk
    - Introducing the game “is it whiskey?” to a group of ski legends in Fairy Meadows, BC.
    -Getting dropped on top of The Books for my rookie shakedown my first time heliskiing in Alaska.
    -Ski touring the most magical place in the world, Prince William Sound, from a friend’s gorgeous sailboat
    -Finding someone to actually pay me to do this- Gordini <3
  • Recognition/awards/honors:
    - Colorado College 5 under 25
    - Distinguished Service Award in Environmental Policy
    - Best skier on the mountain, sometimes. Often the only skier on the mountain. There’s a lot of mountains here.
  • Organizations/projects you’ve founded:
    - Hosted the Valdez Climate March as part of the 2019 Global Climate Strike. Turned into Valdez Climate Group, who is working on our first major campaign this fall!
  • Organizations/projects you’re actively involved in:
    - Birdsongs - the Black Crows music show
    - Environmental Advisor at Lore Cycle
    - Valdez Climate Group
    - KCHU Public Radio
    - Valdez Eco-Stewardship Program
  • Projects you’re most excited about in the next 12 months:
    -A Featured Black Crows documentary
    -A photo essay about one of the biggest role models in my life for Patagonia
    - The All American Route - a short film about an iconic glacier and a changing climate
    - Skiing from my own Sailboat- Zephyr, now that the heater is working!


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