With summer right around the corner, ski season may be starting to drift to the wayside. But if you’re someone who eat, sleeps, and breaths skiing—and dreads the return of the hot summer days—then Parlor Skis might have the answer for you to get your ski fix this off-season.
Starting early April and running through summer, Parlor Skis—a New England ski company based in Boston—offers a ski building class for those who are interested in the art of ski building. If you have ever wondered what goes into designing and building skis and love getting a hands-on experience, then look no further than this class.
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Parlor Skis started their ski building class about five years ago to engage on one-on-one with their clients, really getting to know the community of dedicated New England skiers that follow the brand. Since the first class five years ago, Parlor’s Ski Building Class has become a yearly tradition. It's a completely immersive experience in which participants get to work side-by-side with a Parlor ski engineer to design and build their own set of skis. It blends hands-on engagement with a keenly engineered product and dialed system to produce a high-quality custom ski.
“It’s very in-depth, we take you through the whole thing," says Mark Wallace, founder and manager of Parlor. "There are a couple tolerance pieces that we are very hands on with and there are some things that are done on our cutters ahead of time, but you go through every element of the build process while you are here,”
Each participant will first go through a fit process to determine the ideal length, camber profile, and shape for their skis given their skiing priorities and style. They then will work with one of Parlor’s graphic designers to come up with a unique, custom design. Following these preliminary steps, a participant will get their hands dirty as they are guided through cutting out the bases, laying the edges into the ski, laminating and profiling the core, and more.
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At the end of the course, participants will come away with a completely custom pair of world class skis, providing customers with an experience to go along with the product they ride, and opening a window into what it’s like to be a ski builder for a couple of days. Wallace notes that the real goal is to “give people a sense of ownership and pride" and to let individuals "take part in creating their product.”
The class runs through the summer in two different formats. Their evening format involves three evenings on successive weeks and caters to locals in the Boston area. Their other option is a two-day class offered on weekends and weekdays, which is a more friendly option for people who live outside of Boston.
- Cost: $1,500, includes ski fitting, custom graphics, skis, plus food and beverages from WhistlePig Whiskey and Lord Hobo brewing while at Parlor's factory in Boston.
Parlor's Ski Building Course Video
For more information check out Parlor's Build Class webpage.