Pemberton became a home-base for her last winter, after Red Bull gave her the greenlight in December to develop her own webisode series, with Squamish-based Reel Water productions. The Squaw Valley raised athlete spent the winter bouncing from Pemberton to the interior, to Japan, to Revelstoke, to Alaska, to Chamonix, always bungeeing back to her Pemberton crash-pad at fellow athlete, Mark Abma’s house.
One down day, she’d passed almost a minute sitting in the cold pool at Whistler’s Scandinave Spa. The benefits of hydrotherapy come from chasing a session in the sauna or spa with immersion in a cold pool, followed by a period of relaxation. Most people splash around in the cold pool for a few seconds before shiver-scurrying out to the firepit or the reading room.
“Two guys got in. One made a fuss and got out straight away. The other was about to get out when he noticed me, and he just kind of settled in. I was like, ‘oh, it’s on now.’”
“The dude kept looking at me expecting me to get up. I was like, I’m feeling good. I could be in here for five minutes.” She laughs, “At one point, he started checking his pulse.”
As she got out, her boyfriend, who’d been casually observing the interplay, gathered her up. “I thought I was going to have to do CPR on him.”
That blend of likability, humour and toughness have stood Parker well over a 15 year pro ski career that started when, as a 16 year old riding the terrain park in Squaw Valley, she was scouted by her first sponsor. “I thought you were a boy, until I saw your braid. But I saw you hitting these rails and I’d love for you to ride for my company.” It was Jason Leventhal, the founder of Line skis and he supported her first entry to the slopestyle at the US Open.
“I’ll give it a year,” she told her dad as she finished school. Parker’s father is a former pro tennis player and coach who understood athletic passion and never once pushed her to be anything else.