Three minutes of mind-blowing freeskiing

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    Bene Mayr slides a rooftop-rail during the Red Bull Road Gaps shoot at Stilfser Joch on May 10, 2018

    Celebrating a winter kick-off of a different kind: In their new video project „Road Gaps” the freeski pros Bene Mayr and Markus Eder are excelling on a very unique slopestyle run. For the first time ever they are taking on several road gaps in the Stilfser Joch National Park and turning the streets into one big playground.

    In „Bene Mayr’s Road Gaps” the German freeski pro is turning the highest asphalted mountain pass in Italy that connects in 2757 meters height the border crossing between Bormio an Italian province of Lombardy and Prad in South Tyrol into a spectacular backcountry park with endless possibilities. Since he saw a picture of the Stilfser Joch National Park for the first time, Bene Mayr has been asking himself one question: “Is it possible to master this huge number of road gaps?” Certainly not alone! So Bene Mayr organized a crew of local shapers and invited his freeski buddy Markus Eder, a South Tyrol native, to join the show.
    The result was a three-minute long action clip with so many superlatives it simply blows your mind:
    Bene Mayr (left) and Sven Kueenle ascend during the Red Bull Road Gaps shoot at Stilfser Joch on May 8, 2018
    Bene Mayr (left) and Sven Kueenle ascend during the Red Bull Road Gaps shoot at Stilfser Joch on May 8, 2018
    • For the first time ever! Multiple road gaps were mastered in one single run.
    • 12 road gaps – 20 features from small jumps and rail slides on snow cats to big jumps and massive gaps with a few grass landings.
    • This is the first time the Stilfser Joch National Park opened their terrain to a film crew, and the setting for this project couldn’t have been more stunning. The pass is only accessible from end of May until end of October so the project had to be tackled outside the usual opening times. As one part of the run going uphill an Audi Q7 e-tron made a good snow cat to carry the athletes to the next road gap.
    Bene Mayr (left) and Markus Eder prepare for the Red Bull Road Gaps shoot at Stilfser Joch on May 11, 2018
    Bene Mayr (left) and Markus Eder prepare for the Red Bull Road Gaps shoot at Stilfser Joch on May 11, 2018
    It wasn’t an easy road to take, firstly it seemed as if the winter of 2018 would never end. Then, after two months of preparation, the snow almost completely disappeared during the shoot in May. Fortunately somehow the crew managed to get the shooting done in only five days. The stunning POV and drone footage proves that it is possible to conquer the 555 meters altitude difference Stilfser Joch Pass on skis. However, this wouldn’t have been possible without the exceptional freeride and park skills of Bene Mayr and Markus Eder.

     

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