Markus Eder is the first Italian new school freestyler to reach international recognition. At first sight, Markus Eder is a typical Italian from Southern Tyrol. He was born in Bruneck and raised in Luttach in the nearby Ahrntal valley, where he still lives today. He started skiing at the age of four, was an alpine racer for many years and enjoys rock climbing in the summer. He even loves pizza and ice-cream. However a few winters back something diverted his typically Italian path. He discovered freeskiing! Five years later Markus Eder is the first Italian new school freestyler to reach international recognition becoming the Freeride World Tour Champion in 2019.
Markus: "Loving every aspect about Freeskiing. Being able to have fun and being progressive on prepared terrain, tricking in the backcountry or skiing bigger lines in places like Alaska is key for me. "
- Date of birth
- Home mountain
- Climbing, skateboarding, biking, trampoline, tinkeling
Freeride World Tour Champion 2019
1st Freeride World Tour Fieberbrunn, Austria 2019
1st Freeride World Tour Habuka Japan 2019
2nd overall Freeride World Tour 2018
3rd Verbier Xtremes 2018
2nd Freeride World Tour Kicking Horse 2018
1st Freeride World Tour Courmayeur 2013
15th Olympics Sochi 2014
2nd Red Bull Linecatcher 2011
1st Swatch Skiers Cup 2016/2013/2011
- 1. Favorite Völkl Skis
- Revolt 121
- 2. What do you use this ski for?
- Hiking and Skiing technical Lines
- 3. Why do you like this ski?
- It's a light and robust ski that makes hiking but stays solid under your feet on every kind of terrain in the backcountry.
- 4. Why do you like being a part of the Völkl team?
- Rather than team i'd call it a big family which has been supporting our sport since the beginning and is still on the same road.
- 5. What age did you start skiing?
- When I was 3 i did my first run down the crosscountry track behind our house.
- 6. Biggest breakthrough in your ski career
- The 2nd place of the Red Bull Linecatcher in 2011 was defenitely the result I'm the most stoked about. Mostly because it introduced me to backcountry skiing.
- 7. Favorite Place to ride
- That's a tough question and I can't really answer it. There's too many good places all over the world but skiing at my home resort is always special since I know it the best and these days it's rare that I get to ski there.
- 8. Your Best Ski Trip you have done
- It might have been the trip to a Touring Lodge at Rogers Pass in Canada. We flew in with the heli and stayed up there for two weeks touring in all time terrain that's surrounding the hut with a great crew and just the basic connection to the outside world.
- 9. Ski destination where you haven’t been and would like to go?
- Japan! Somehow a trip to that place never came together and every professional skier seemed to have been there. Sooner or later it will be time!
- 10. Ski Hero/Role Model Growing up
- Candide, in the past and present.
- 11. What do you do when you are not skiing?
- I love to climb, bike and skate. And besides that I spend quite some time during summer tinkering on stuff in my workshop.
- 12. How do you train to keep in shape for skiing?
- Obviously the gym is one of the places to keep myself in shape but I mostly try to be outside and spend my time with climbing and biking without spending too much time indoors in the gym.
- 13. What can’t you live without
- 14. What are 3 things we should know about you?
- German speaking Italian, Candy is my doping, anti FIS.
- 15. Motto/Words you live by
- 16. Most Humbling moment
- Again I'd say it was the second place at the Red Bull Linecatcher. Participating at this comp where I thought I'd never have a chance against the stacked field of role models.
- 17. Favorite Social Media Channel
- 18. Future Goals and Plans and Ambitions
- I don't know where my career is taking me in the next years but I hope that I'll still have fun on my skis when I'm in my 60's.
- 19. How did you become involved in Ski Touring?
- I never had any interest in skitouring till probably 3 years ago when I got to test the BMT's. Then I went to my first touring trip to Canada and it totally got me by then.
- 20. What are your all time Favourite Ski Tours?
- I rather do shorter hikes where I'm able to concentrate at a line at the time. Like the tour to the Faden Alm, my dad's hut close to my home village. It's about an hour and a half to get to the hut that's surrounded by awesome minigolf lines.