Mark Wallace developed a love of skiing on the chilly, steep slopes of Saddleback Mountain in Maine which led him to high school in Park City, Williams College and Europe over 15 years. His racing career included three-time All American and fourth place finish at US Nationals and 3 years on the Europa Cup tour. After he stopped racing, he co-founded Parlor Skis based on the idea that there is a better ski experience out there for everyone, both on and off the hill.
Working tirelessly for four years in the basement of a former funeral parlor, he sought to fuse the highly engineered, unforgiving construction of a race ski with more progressive all mountain shapes to create a line of skis to handle all of the perfect and imperfect conditions that characterize New England skiing in particular.
He soon realized that a great product wasn’t the singular goal, the buying process needed to match the company’s mission. With that experience in mind, Parlor became completely a custom product, with each ski made to order using personal graphics and construction. Transparency in our process, ski banter and welcoming our clients into the Shop is central to the business model. Parlor hosts events year round and a popular ski and snowboarding build class during the off season at the factory in East Boston.