Harrison Buck is a ski bum and videographer from New Jersey. The guy absolutely riiiips and of course, is partial to Parlor Skis. We sat down with Harrison to get some background on his life and hear about some projects he's working on now and in the past.
Parlor: First off, where are you from, what do you do, and how did you get into skiing?
HB: I was born in Mass., raised in Jersey, and currently living in Aspen, Colorado. Both parents ski and started me off when I was 2. I've been a passionate skier since I was a kid. I run a video production company called Pandion Creative (@pandioncreative), Pandion is the latin genus name for Osprey. I shoot still photography and do creative consulting as well.
Parlor: What kind of film work are you involved in and what are you working on at the moment?
HB: I have produced a feature length documentary about Icelantic Skis called "One Degree Celsius", and documentary called “The Tightest Line” about the lives of fly fishing guides that was officially selected for the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. I have worked for Aspen Snowmass producing all of their in-house video production for 2 years, doing all kinds of video work including the ONE: Mind Body Spirit campaign. I worked on set of two independent films: “Percival's Big Night” and “Jane Wants A Boyfriend”. Favorite clients is The Infamous Stringdusters, shooting multiple music videos and tour videos for them. Most intense client: Bassnectar. Most interesting subject: 5 Harvard Business School students who stayed on campus during their spring break to create 1 new company every day for 5 days. Favorite shooting location: The Bahamas.
Parlor: Tell us your life story as seen through skiing (skip all that boring stuff that doesn't involve playing in the snow).
HB: I first skied at the age of 2 on a family vacation. Grew up skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho and on the East coast and went to St. Lawrence University where I was a backcountry ski / telemark guide. I lived in Crested Butte, CO where I started my first production company. I taught skiing at Sun Valley part time for 4 winters and at Jackson Hole for a season. Spent 4 years skiing all over the east coast before moving back to Colorado 3 years ago.
Parlor: How many days were you able to ski last year? Are you on track for even more this year?
HB: 2 years ago: 110 days, last year 75ish (recovering from an injury). On track for more and more variety this season, despite the snow pack being at low tide!
Parlor: Tell us about the most epic ski day of your life.
HB: I’ve had a few amazing days filming and skiing in Utah where the snow was overhead. but, the most EPIC? would have to be on the Lofoten Peninsula in northern Norway. I was on a trip with some old college friends to the Arctic Circle in spring of 2012. We were staying in these awesome fishing cabins on the ocean and skinning straight up into the alpine with some of the more incredible views I’ve ever seen. Snow was nothing to write home about but the experience was bar none.
Parlor: How do you manage to survive in the offseason?
HB: Mountain biking, golfing, SUPing, live music, hiking with my wife and dog.
Parlor: What do you like most about Parlor Skis?
HB: Tough question, how much time you got, buddy? First of all, they fuggin' rip. They charge on bullet proof groomers and blast through crud and mank. Not to mention they love freshies. I really like working closely with a small crew that is passionate about what they do and how they do it. I also really dig the top sheet design process, it’s a truly unique way to express yourself. For someone who has always loved top sheet graphics, it's a dream come true to design my own.
Parlor: Favorite Apres beverage?
HB: Makers, rocks, splash of ginger ale.
Keep up with Harrison on Instagram at @bucknaked