Marko Grilc Shreds it up in Ski Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Ski Dubai, the region's premier indoor ski resort, nestled in alpine inspired slopes and enveloped in sub-zero temperatures, opened its doors to Slovenian superstar Marko Grilc for a shredding session in front of local snowboarding enthusiasts.
While the scorching sun was busy tending to beachgoers on the ambitious emirate's golden shores, Marko took to the slopes on his first visit to the United Arab Emirates. Having cut his teeth on the world's most exhilarating slopes, Marko is no stranger to snowboarding, but snowboarding in the desert is certainly another item off his bucket list.
Grilc spent some time riding with budding snowboarders from the UAE, sharing tips and tricks of the trade that might produce a homegrown champ from the UAE. He had this to say about his trip to the UAE: “This was my first time in the UAE. I had heard a lot about Ski Dubai before heading here and was very impressed with the versatility of the course, and the great opportunity it offers to snowboarders in Dubai and the UAE to hit the slopes and practice their favorite sport. This visit will certainly not be my last.”
A snowboarder through and through, Grilc first took to the slopes at the tender age of 7, and has been a member of the team of the biggest snowboard producer, Burton, for the past 10 years. He won his first Junior World Championship back in 1998 and after notching up a few more titles at that level, he turned pro.
After a break he returned to form in 2008/2009 riding for the Slovene team and finished 2nd overall in the FIS Big Air contest. His career high so far is winning the TTR 6Star Billabong Air & Style title in Innsbruck in 2009 after he stole the show with a clean switch backside ten late-cork in the finals. Still fresh from the win, he topped off his year by airing over pro snowmobiler Ross Mercer for a Red Bull film project, Red Bull Double Air, of both insanity and magnitude.
Alongside competing and winning contests from Quebec to Russia, Marko has carved a film career appearing in 91 Words for Snow, Draw the Line, Catch the Vapors, Thanks in Advance, and The B. He's also channeled his creativity into designing boards for Burton and working on clothing designs in his spare time.
At the London Freeze contest – the first in the 2011 season – Grilc showed he was intent on becoming the world's best freestyle snowboarder by taking first place.