Thomson, music and videos in the park
The idea behind the Parks Dream video is how you daydream what your run is going to be like, said Parks Thomson, 28 a Winter Park resident. He wants people who watch his videos to remember how it feels when you are standing on top of the mountain, planning your descent.
“We want to show someone getting focused, having a moment with the earth, and grounding themself before the run. Some people envision the run. Our way of doing it – we go to the top of the mountain, see it in the forefront of our mind and focus on an alternative source.”
The goal for most of his videos is to show effortless motion. We are trying to show the purest form of skill level in the park, he said.
“Our vision is to push the hard-core mind set of skiing and skiing as hard as possible with perfect style.”
Thomson is not a ski bum. “I’m a professional athlete. I put my whole life into skiing. I know how to ski better than I walk,” he said with a laugh.
He is looking for the perfect performance on the mountain captured on film. He has been skiing since he was 2-years-old in Gatlinburg, Tenn. His family moved out to Winter Park when his father got a letter about becoming a ski instructor for Winter Park. From 5 to 18 Thomson ski raced and even made it to Junior Olympian status in slalom and GS. At 18 he stopped racing and began free riding in the park and half pipe.
“All I wanted to do was to get a sponsors and get skis,” he said.
He met up with Zane Black who offered to make a ski video to entice sponsors. It worked – he got his first sponsor: Switch Skis.
Later he moved on to Atomic and began a Tier 1 sponsorship which included free skis.
However, Thomson’s true goal with a sponsorship was to have an influence in the way skis were made.
Then he met Chris Peters and Trever Ensele from 7 Mile Skis, a company that has its roots in Grand County. They let Thomson design a ski. The result: Afrosteezyack – an all-mountain ski for the park; light and durable, he said.
I want to leave an image in people when I fly past them on skis, he said.
“I wear a distinguished jacket so people will recognize me. My style of skiing can change lives.”
Now after so many years of competing he isn’t ready to give up the mountain lifestyle. He watches as friends and athletes leave the slopes to find 9 to 5 jobs.
“We are trying to push the vision,” he said.
“There are so many athletes like me that aren’t competing anymore. I couldn’t give up skiing. I started filming to impact people – to be a part of the Colorado lifestyle.”
The feeling of flying down the slopes is still forefront in his mind.
“You get to the top and you just want to charge down the hill and to feel your heart pounding and adrenaline flowing through your body. I’m happy on the mountain when I’m flying past people and at the bottom people join around you talking about how killer the run was. It’s like a force field around you. You keep it up and it keeps other people up.”
This is the energy that runs through every video on his YouTube channel.
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