Lead Photo Credit: Harald Wisthaler
If you could dream it, what would your ultimate run look like? Would it include deep pow runs, couloirs and chutes? Is it a tight tree run that flows into a wide open bowl? Or maybe, it’s a slopestyle-esque park run?
This is something, Italian native and Olympic turned freeride skier, Markus Eder has been conceptualizing since 2015. Now his dream run is finally here. Watch as Marcus Eder links every powder turn, every rail, every cliff drop, every bib run, every kicker and turns them into one “Ultimate Run.”
Sometimes my mind goes kind of crazy about skiing and I ask myself, what if? -Markus Eder in “The Ultimate Run
The “Ultimate Run” is a one-of-a-kind mountain descent by Italian skier Markus Eder. It’s 10 minutes of pure skiing bliss. Dropping in from the peaks of Zermatt, Eder tackles all kinds of terrain and disciplines – riding on slopes and through ice caves and crevasses. He joins a session with his buddies, dropping bangers on rails and jumps before booting off to the backcountry for some more face shots. He even skies through the castle that his dad was born in! It is one of, if not the best, combination of all genres of free skiing that has ever been captured on film.
Photo Credit: Legs of Steel
It May Look Easy But…
“All aspects of freeskiing have fascinated me since the beginning”, says Markus. It is this type of fascination that, not only, conjures up an idea like this but also allows Eder to pull the “Ultimate Run” off with ease.
Rest assured, easy this was not.
For Markus and Innsbruck based production company Legs of Steel director and ex-pro snowboarder Christoph Thorensen, it meant buckling down for two years of production and 90 Days of filming. All that, to bring to life an imagined descent that Italian native Markus Eder had been visualizing since 2015.
Photo Credit: Legs of Steel
The length of time wasn’t the only thing that was extensive. So too was the level of skiing. Throughout this 10 minute edit, Markus pushes his skill levels in every form of contemporary freeskiing to a higher level.
Watch Markus Eder in the “Ultimate Run”
But I don’t have to tell you that it’s quite possibly the sickest edit I’ve ever seen. Watch for yourself because this “Ultimate Run” is sure to have you stoked for winter.
Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après and the co-host of the Beyond the Après podcast. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. @allaboutapres