Professional skier Mike King is all finding balance. In the summertime, he hunkers down at King Orchards, his family’s well-known cherry farm in Michigan, to help in any way he can: harvesting cherries, toiling on broken tractors, packaging fresh fruit for the local community. Come winter, he packs up and heads off in his pickup truck, towing his custom-built trailer behind it, while he chases deep snow and big-mountain lines across British Columbia, Canada, and the western United States.
In his movie, “Feast or Famine,” which premiered earlier this winter at select theaters across the country and is now available online for free, King highlights his unique lifestyle and the importance of protecting the wild spaces we explore in the backcountry. As much as it is an ode to the pristine natural world, it’s a call to action to safeguard our favorite spots, our go-to stashes and the places we’ve yet to explore.
“This film is just a taste of my complex existence; a way to share my gratitude and concern for the places that feed my soul and my stomach. I’m no expert; but I believe some is better than none, and we need all action for change. I’m a wild and carefree diesel driving activist, and this is my story,” King writes on YouTube.