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Welcome to the Parlor


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Welcome to the Parlor


custom fit. guaranteed.

If you are not satisfied with your custom skis, we will rebuild them or refund your money. So what are you waiting for? Start your fit now.

From our shop in East Boston we fit and craft skis one at a time.

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Ski Building Class


The ultimate custom ski experience!

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Ski Building Class


The ultimate custom ski experience!

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Some of the members from last summers class, showcasing their one of a kind builds!

Some of the members from last summers class, showcasing their one of a kind builds!

Due to overwhelming demand last summer, Parlor is pleased to announce that we are doubling the number of ski building classes this summer, as well as providing more flexible class dates that can fit into anyone's schedule. 

At Parlor, we set out to create a company that builds community and does things differently than the rest of the ski world. Our latest step in the pursuit of this goal is to offer classes where you can actually hand-build your own pair! You get all the benefits of fully custom skis along with the bragging rights of knowing that you built them. Waaaaay cooler than skiing around on a pair that's been made in China.

During each class session you will work under the guidance of our builders to ensure that you turn out a high-quality pair of skis designed and built just for you, by you. For 2016 we have three formats available; A two-day intensive one-weekend course, our standard four session class (all evenings), or the executive option (one four-hour session.) Learn more HERE

To be sure you have the best time possible, we'll provide the food and drinks, so all you have to do is show up ready to have good time and meet fellow skiers who understand the difference custom makes.

Like last year, these are bound to sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve your space today. Total cost is $1,500 (can be purchased as a gift). A deposit to hold your place can either be made on the website or we can invoice you once we receive the response from this form.

DATES

  • Group A - 2-Day intensive, April 26 + 27th
  • Group B - May 31, 5-8 pm, June 2 or 3 (Time TBD), June 22 5-8pm
  • Group C - June 6, 5-8pm, June 9 or 10 (Time TBD), June 22 5-8pm
  • Group D - June 14, 5-8pm, June 16 or 17 (Time TBD), June 22 5-8pm
  • Group E - July 12, 5-8pm, July 14 or 15 (Time TBD), Aug 4 5-8pm
  • Group F - July 19, 5-8pm, July 21 or 22 (Time TBD), Aug 4 5-8pm
  • Group G - 2-Day intensive, June 25 and 26
  • Group H - July 26, 5-8pm, July 28 or 29 (Time TBD), Aug 4 5-8pm
  • Group I - August 9, 5-8pm, August 11 or 12 (Time TBD), Sep 1 5-8pm
  • Group J - August 16, 5-8pm, August 18 or 19 (Time TBD), Sept 1 5-8pm
  • Group K - August 23, 5-8pm, August 25 or 26 (Time TBD), Sep 1 5-8pm

View Calendar HERE

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The Parlor Experience


Creating the best ski for each individual skier, one at a time.

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The Parlor Experience


Creating the best ski for each individual skier, one at a time.


the Parlor Experience

A step by step process


Contact

In order to become your ski builder we need to get to know you.

 

The first step to the perfect ski is fit. Every one of our customers has a dialogue with one of the Parlor owners. We are experts at understanding each skier’s individual needs and since we are the ones that design, customize and build our skis, we know what will work for you.

We want to communicate with you in a way that fits your schedule. We can talk by phone, email, text, or in person. Tell us your preference here.


FIT

We are the fit experts

By spending a lifetime in the sport we understand all types of skiers and ability levels, from steep cliffs to the bunny slopes.  We will spend time with you discussing what, where and how you like to ski.


Platforms

We design skis for different styles, abilities and terrain preferences. We view the platform as the starting point for the rest of the customization process Explore out platforms.

 

 

 

Cardinal

  • A quiver of one for just about any location. Arc early morning groomer laps then head off in search of your secret stash without skipping a beat.  Learn More

Heron

  • A big, surfy ski with a heavy emphasis on soft snow performance.  Learn More

Kingfisher

  • A ski built for all New England has to offer, with a focus on the less smooth areas.  Learn More

Sparrow

Raven Series

  • Parlor's black label.  It is the option for the truly discerning ski maven.
  • You will work with Parlor's design team to engineer a ride that expands from our pre-designed platforms and is 100% customized for you. Including different stringer and core material options, endless laminate possibilities, artist designed graphics, and the option for an on the snow fitting with a Parlor owner.  Learn More

Customization

We build each pair of skis to order to meet your individual needs.

Love groomers and you’re a strong guy? Stiff maple core might be the right choice for you.  Love to hike and ski powder?  We are going to use a lightweight layup to keep your legs from tiring quickly on the way up.

Through our own testing and working with some of the best engineers in the business, we have built a range of highly effective ways to tweak the engineering inside the ski.

Core

  • We use a vertically laminated wood core. Since wood is the primary core material, species is critical to the character of the ski. We use combinations of hard and soft woods based on years of testing to give each ski its unique personality.

Flex

  • Weight and strength are the main determinants of flex. We control flex through the thickness and taper of the core. We have three flex profiles for each platform and length to provide a perfect match for your body type and style.

Laminates

  • The interplay between torsional and longitudinal stiffness is critical to the performance of the ski. We match different weaves, materials and weights to match the flex and dampness that fits your weight, ability, and style.  

Camber Profile

  • Edge contact and the flex of the ski are influenced by camber (camber describes the curve on the bottom of the ski). We use three main profiles in different combinations depending on the ski’s purpose and where/how it will be used.


Graphics

Nothing speaks to your personality quite like your topsheets. Since every pair of Parlors are built to order you are free to express yourself with any graphic you choose

This option pairs you with one of our hand-picked designers, we work with you to create a graphics that is all your own, and allows you to express yourself.


Build

At Parlor, we don't sell skis to you.  We build skis for you.  

Our state of the art workshop in East Boston allows us to achieve our high standards of quality in each ski we produce.  It is at the core of what we do.  


Ski

Creating the best experience on the mountain for our customers is what Parlor is all about. 2-4 weeks after you complete your order you will be ready to hit the slopes and elevate your skiing to the next level.

We will deliver your skis to your home if you live in the Boston area, or we can ship them world wide.

The feeling of skiing on a ski specially crafted for you is un-paralleled. See what some of our customers have to say about their experience.


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Our Story


We share an affinity for building things, a passion for skiing, and a deep love for the sport.

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Our Story


We share an affinity for building things, a passion for skiing, and a deep love for the sport.


Parlor co-founders Mark Wallace, Jason Epstein, and Pete Endres met at Williams College and ski raced together on the NCAA eastern circuit. Each has skied since they could walk, beginning as little bombers at their local ski clubs Saddleback ME, Stratton, VT, and Brantling, NY and moving through the academy ranks at The Winter Sports School, Stratton Mountain School, and National Sports Academy.


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Mark Wallace / Co-Founder

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Pete Endres / Co-Founder

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Jason Epstein / Co-Founder

After Williams, while Mark was “chasing the dream” as a competitive international racer, Pete and Jason began “real world” careers in renewable energy and real estate development, respectively. Mark eventually did the same in construction. All three share an affinity for building things, and of course a passion for skiing and a deep love for the sport. With experience, knowledge, passion, a vision for the perfect quiver, and an old funeral parlor to bring ideas to life, Parlor Skis was born.

Collaboration is key to the ski design and build process. Mark, Jason, and Pete share both a friendship and extensive network in the ski community, allowing constant collaboration with others in the ski community. They welcome feedback, comments, and tour people around the parlor whenever possible. Integrating skiers with their own ride and customization are at the core of the Parlor story.

Mark, Jason, and Pete leverage a lifetime of racing, training, and enjoying the woods to know what makes a great ski, and combine backgrounds in building and design to create them. Parlor skis are built entirely by hand from the highest quality products. They incorporate the latest trends in ski design, with a keen eye toward the history of the sport, to craft a product and experience to enjoy.

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Design Philosopy


Inspired by how we ski.  Customized by how you ski.

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Design Philosopy


Inspired by how we ski.  Customized by how you ski.

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At Parlor, we love to ski. 

Our designs are inspired by how we ski. We believe there’s always a better turn and a more perfect run down the mountain. When we design, we think about what terrain will open up and what turns we can make. We want skis that are fun and adapt to changing conditions.

Our designs are customized by how you ski. Despite what you might hear, there is no one ski for everyone. You know best what you like and what you’re after in a ski. If you don’t, we’ll help you figure it out. Personal interaction is not just recommended, it is required in the Parlor design-build process. Each pair of Parlors is customized to the rider for the best fit possible.

We combine contemporary trends in ski design with classic lines and a minimalist approach. We know that the best skis respond to the rider’s style and excel in a variety of terrain and snow conditions. Inspired by our New England heritage of craftsmanship and functional design, each of our skis is built to perform in specific conditions while maintaining adaptability across a broader spectrum.  

Whether you are skiing in Massachusetts, Montana, or Mongolia you will find that our focus on versatility and exceptional construction will never let you down. Any one of our skis could serve as your only ride or as a noble member of your larger quiver.


MEET THE FLOCK

Get to know our 2015-16 product line. We hope you are as stoked as we are.