Italian freestyle skier Markus Eder is often described as the most creative and versatile bloke in his game – and for very good reason. Time after time, the 31-year-old Red Bull athlete has proven you’re only really limited by time, imagination, and the size of your cajones. Thankfully, he has an abundance of all three with talent to spare. Anyone convinced otherwise needn’t look further than The Ultimate Run, which recently premiered to showcase Markus Eder himself defying both physics and belief in what’s being described as “the pinnacle of ski films.”
To call the meticulously-choreographed experience linked above a masterpiece is simultaneously a credit to the term “masterpiece,” as well as a disservice to The Ultimate Run. Produced by Innsbruck-based production company Legs of Steel over the course of two years – 90 days of actual filming at the peaks of Switzerland’s Zermatt – this mesmerising labour of love has actually been visualised by Eder himself since 2015.
“The Ultimate Run finally allowed me to showcase all my skiing in one edit, film my home resort of Klausberg in one top-to-bottom run, and finally shoot all the spots I’d been dreaming of for years,” explains Markus Eder.
“I’ve always dreamt of showcasing all of my skiing in one big, flowy project. Typically, I contribute to multiple projects throughout the year. But this time, I wondered what I could create if I put all of that energy into one vision – where everything I’ve lived for amounts to a 10-minute segment.”
As described by the far more qualified skiing pundits over at Freeskier:
To kick off The Ultimate Run, Eder drops in from the top of Zermatt with a few Super-G-sized powder turns. From there, the line takes the Italian freerider across a glacial ice face, off massive cliffs, and into the belly of the glacier - all before reaching the top of his home resort, Klausberg. Putting every single one of his skills to the ultimate test, this line has officially ranked Eder amongst the best all-around skiers to ever grace this planet. A testament to his dedication, creativity and undeniable talent, The Ultimate Run has just set a new standard for ski films.
Sit back, put your feet up, and strap in for the ride.
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