Gorgeous and talented freeskier Grete Eliassen joins Marker Volkl Team

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 25, 2010 5:55 am

                                                              MARKER VÖLKL SIGNS GRETE ELIASSEN TO TEAM
Grete Eliassen, bronze medal winner at this years Winter X Games in Aspen and one of the world’s most accomplished freeskier for years, joins the Marker Völkl Freeski Team. Shortly before she climbed the X Games slopestyle podium in Colorado, the deal was sealed and Marker Völkl is happy to welcome Grete to their team.  The Winter X Games are Gretes favorite stage – where others get nervous under the pressure of bright spotlights and TV cameras, the Hip Hop fan feels just fine. She has been on the X Games podium for five times by now, gathered two gold and two silver medals and adds bronze now to her precious metal collection. Apart from her contest successes, the 23-year-old could also celebrate respectable video parts like her appearance in Warren Miller’s ”Children of Winter“ and the two Poor Boyz productions ”Yeah Dude“ and ”Ski Porn.“ Currently she is working on her own two-year film project ”Say My Name”, supported  by Marker Völkl from now on. ”I am very excited to be skiing with Marker & Völkl. I have always thought that Marker and Völkl make great products, and I am especially excited to ski the rockered skis like the Kiku and Chopstick“ Grete said. And also Marker Völkl is looking forward to working together with Grete. Chris Adams, Marker Völkl’s USA Team Manager, explains: ”Any time you can add a skier of Grete’s caliber to your team, you do it. We already had one of the best women’s teams around, but
Grete just makes it better. I know she will be a great ambassador for our brand.“

Although Grete Eliassen is only 23 years old, she can already look back on a remarkable freeski career. Skiing is been a family affair for the Minnesota-born and so she had her debut on skis as a toddler. In her youth she was a successful racer, first in Minnesota and later in the Norwegian national team, as her family moved to Lillehammer, Norway for some years. Currently she is back in the States and lives in the freeski hub of Salt Lake City in Utah. Already as a racer, she loved the creativity of freeskiing and usually switched her skis to twintips directly after training to head over to the park or backcountry. From the moment she decided to quit racing and focus on freeskiing, her career kick started and she gathered numberous victories at the most important contests. She earned various X Games medals, won the US Open, European Open, Nippon Open and received awards like the ”Best Female Video Award.“ Even at the largest of events the hip hop fan never looses her calm and relaxed attitude. She is known for not really training in the park except showing up at the venue few days before the contest and start practicing. Aside from events she is filming for her new video project ”Say My Name“ where she is aiming to push the level of ladies backcountry skiing, so you can once again enjoy her progressive riding on video again!