Øystein BraatenI have been skiing almost through my entire life, and I started doing tricks on regular alpine skis when I was about 8 years old. Together with my snowboard-brother Gjermund, we started to build set-ups in our own backyard. We exercised every day and were pushing each other quite hard in endless sessions. This is probably the main reason why I got good at rails. A couple of years later, when I was 10, I came into a good ski gang at my local ski resort. The older guys met me with open arms and inspired me to be a skier. I wanted to be just like them. I started to do more jumping, and slopestyle became my favorite discipline.
Soon after I started to do quite well in competitions. I got sponsored by O’Neill when I reached 13, and the following year I started skiing on Völkl as well. Since then Völkl has helped me a lot. I am super stoked and grateful to them for all their assistance bringing my skiing career steps further.
This season (2010/2011) has been my best so far. I did my first doubles and did well in contests. The highlights were to get a spot in Backyard Battle in Sudndalen, Norway, and The European Open in Laax, Switzerland.
What bindings do you use? And where do you mount them?
I only use the Marker Jester 16. Those are really solid and I mount them right in the middle of the ski.What DIN do you have your bindings on?
12 normally, but in contests I tune them up to 13 and in slushy conditions I tune them down to 11.RANDOM FACTS:
Favorite skier: Andreas Håtveit
Ski hero growing up: Åsmund Thorsen, John-Håvard Grøgard and Magnus Tveito, sickest guys alive!
Home mountain: Andreas Håtveit’s backyard and Gol resort Height: Ca.176 cm
Ideal day in the mountains: Waking up early and get the first tracks in a park where you get fast laps. Just shred all day long until the resorts close, and then have a session in my backyard in the evening!
How would you describe your style: I try to focus a lot on doing my tricks all ways, and keep them clean and with style.
Your biggest breakthrough in your skiing career: When I qualified to the world final in Salomon Jib Academy in Mammoth last season, and managed to get a place on the podium.
Favorite place to ride: Folgefonna (Norway) or in Andreas Håtveit’s backyard.
Best snow trip: That have to be my two trips to Breckenridge, Colorado. So much fun!
What age did you start to ski: I have skied pretty much my whole life, but I got my first twintips when I was 10.
What cant you live without: Skis and family.
Favorite phone App: Cliff Diving
Goals and plans: My plans for the feature is to do the same as I do right now. Ski every day, always try to progress and have fun.