Making Custom Skis with New England’s Parlor

Ultra-personalized equipment born of craftsmanship and attentive design

Handmade skis—just like bespoke bike frames—came into favor over a decade ago. Respected brands all over began to make skis covered in striking graphics, one-off photography, typography and more. But Mark Wallace, who co-founded Parlor Custom Skis (located outside Boston) in 2014, says he and his partners, Pete Endres and Jason Epstein, had different priorities. They wanted to focus more on the skis’ guts than …

Best New Backcountry Ski Gear

Some of our favorite new products to make snow adventures bigger, faster, smarter and safer

The achievements within snow sports are ever-growing and impressive. Whether these adventures are occurring on the backside of Lake Louise or on some perfect pillow drop at Blanket Glacier, skiers and riders are going bigger, faster and smarter. This is thanks, in part, to gear being more inventive, intuitive, safer and smarter—with last year offering big tech advancements in the skiing and snowboarding worlds. We …

Spring Ski Gear

From breathable jackets to easily removed pants, everything you need when hitting the slopes during the warmer months

This week the equinox occurred, meaning—for the Northern Hemisphere—spring ski touring is right around the corner. Having comfortable no-fuss gear is key for an enjoyable trip during the warmer months. Like with all outdoor sports, it’s best to be prepared rather than miss out—or worse, end up in a dire situation. With that in mind, we have selected some of our favorite products for hitting …