Big Mountain Rider Max Zipser, has been a perennial athlete competing in the Freeride World Tour year after year. Unfortunately, Zipser had to step down from the FWT due to an injury. Zipser is also in the running for the Line of the Year Award. Click here to vote for Max Zipser http://www.lineoftheyear.com/lines/men
Flow Snowboarding had a chance to chat with Zipser about his love of the mountains, his recent filming and what is next now that he has stepped down from the FWT.
Where is home for you?
My hometown is in the heart of the Alps – it´s Innsbruck, Austria
What do you consider to be your home mountain?
The Tyrolean Alps are my playground
What is your current snowboard set up? Boots, Board, Bindings? Do you switch it up for park and powder?
I consider myself as a mountain man searching Powder only – so the weapons of my choice are the Maverick 169 snowboard, NX2-GT bindings, Talon Focus boots.
Do you listen to music when you snowboard?
Do you know the sound of a great powboard during a powturn? It is music to my ears! Singing powturns is what I listen to
Did you start skiing first or has it always been snowboarding?
I startet skiing first, but changed to snowboard at the age of 12.
Where was the first place you went snowboarding? How old were you?
Like nearly every kid from Innsbruck I started my first turns at Seegrube when I was 12 years old.
Who were your influences and inspiration snowboarding?
The guys ripping at my homespot.
Who are your current sponsors?
FLOW, SALEWA, ALPINA, Komperdell, Pieps, NXTZ
How was the winter in Austria this year?
Further south it was really good, that´s where I went often last season! Living in the heart of the alps is a good thing as, depending on wheather n snow, it takes max 2hours to drive to the place with good conditions and lots of snow
If an American was planning a snowboarding trip to Austria, what resorts are a must they check out?
The place which currently got the most fresh snow – sick places are Seegrube, Stubai, Tux, Ötztal.
Where was your favorite place to snowboard this season?
I did a lot´s of Splitboarding this season. And as the Southern Alps got more snow than the northern alps, me and my homies went down south to earn our turns. It was pretty cool to get around so many places I have not been yet!
What are some of your favorite apres ski activities?
After a good day in the mountains we often plan the next line, check how we can get there..
Are you planning on a snowboardtrip this season? Where?
I am planning my next trip to Alaska, Valdez area. Alaska is the place to be, I was there 2 years ago and I am still dreaming about that last trip to AK, and probably something exotic tbc.
Where is your favorite place to travel, not related to snowboarding?
I like surfing and therefore it would be Central America
You where a big number in the Freeride World Tour, Why did you quit?
In 2012 I got injured in the FWT event in Fieberbrunn. Due to the results and that I could not compete in the last stops I could not make the cut for 2013. Anyway I had good times and several podiums within 5 years taking part in the FreerideWorldTour and it was good to see the tour growing. The first years of the tour were something special, all new and exciting!
How is filming for Whiteroom Productions? How many cinematourstops are you planning?
Lot of fun all the time! I really like to charge steep lines and when we go out there for filming, everything is planned very well. Easy to work with these guys. This year we have about 40 tour stops all over Europe, but also USA and Canada. The film will be also shown at the Freeride Festival Tour.
Movies: Time For The Whiteroom/2012; For A Few Lines More/2013; Trial and Error/2014
What do you do during the summer months, in the off season? Do you chase the snow or take a break?
I take a break from snowboarding and focus on studying or working in order to do less during winter.
What kind of activities and hobbies do you have other than snowboarding?
My home resort leads me to be out in the mountains! I like climbing, biking being out!
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