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. The 20-year- old 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.
A first exclamation mark was an impressive win of his qualifying heat at the European Freeski Open in Laax. Unfortunately for Markus, the finals had to be cancelled due to bad weather. Thus it took another two months of waiting until his break- through to stardom with the victory at the Nine Knights Big Air Invitational last year.
Markus Eder might not stay alone for long as an Italian freeski star, however. There has developed a lively freestyle scene in the land of soccer and pasta, with the funpark in Bruneck being one of the centres. In Bruneck and on the Schnalstal glacier is also where Markus Eder prepared for this season to eventually reach his big goal, the participation at the X Games which he has qualified for. His highlight this season has been placing 2nd amongst the international stars at the Red Bull Line Catcher.
What Marker bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
I use the Jester 16 on every ski and on my wall I mount them in the middle which is +5 I think and on my chopstick I have it on +3.
What DIN do you have your bindings on?
Favorite skier: Dane Tudor
Ski hero growing up: Tanner Hall
Home mountain: Klausberg
Ideal day in the mountains: perfect weather slushy snow and a good park
How would you describe your style: I don’t know hahaha
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career. Getting 1st at the Nine Knights
Favorite place to ride: Val Senales in Italy
Best snow trip: going to shred Breckenridge and Keystone 2010 with all my Italian friends
What age did you start to ski: 4
What cant you live without: skiing
Favorite phone App. Don’t have a smart phone but the clock is pretty good ;)
Goals and plans: having fun on my skis for the rest of my life