Photos: Chris Bezamat
How do you become a professional skier? Well, for Parker Cook, it sure helped that he started shredding at the age of 2. While you and I were crapping our pants and cramming fingers in our noses, he was pizza and French frying down the slopes with his dad at ParkWest (now The Canyons). The turning point for Cook happened a handful of years later when he was badgering his pro-skier friend, the late Billy Poole, for a pair of free skis. “I was like, ‘Give me some of your skis,’ and he was like, ‘No, you’ve got to get ’em on your own. You’re good enough.’ And that’s how the ball got rolling,” says Cook.
Roll, it did. Whether it’s his big mountain skills or his laidback, fun personality, Cook reeled in the sponsors. He currently represents Icelantic Skis, POW Gloves, Bern Unlimited, Discrete Headwear, Obermeyer, Char Poles, Coalatree Organics and Alta and Snowbird resorts. If that’s not an impressive resume already, the guy snagged the honor of being in one of Skiing Magazine’s Top 8 Photos of 2013. When asked how that felt, Cook says, “I’m so psyched! Capturing ski imagery is a thing I’ve zeroed in on, and having that honor is so cool.”