SET-UP: THE AUDI NINES
For the first time in its history, the 2019 Audi Nines features two separate event setups — one for men and one for women — running concurrently. The all-women’s setup at Obergurgl-Hochgurgl provides the ladies with their own dedicated microcosmos. The women’s setup features two angled kickers, a massive Big Air jump and a unique “Space Age” jib designed together with riders like Spencer O’Brien. On Wednesday April 24th, the women will welcome the Audi Nines men to their setup for a spectacular night shoot, open to the public to watch.
“It’s so special to be involved in the planning of one of my favourite sessions,” said O’Brien. “It’s a dream come true to work together with the other girls and the organisers to bring the perfect setup to life.”
Meanwhile up on the glacier at Sölden, the men’s venue will send riders into the stratosphere on a colossal quarterpipe, where snowboard legend Terje Håkonsen and friends will see what they can achieve on this perfect platform for progression. They’ll be joined by skiers like David Wise and Alex Ferreira (USA), who will be looking to push quarterpipe skiing to new heights. “If we have a perfect quarter setup and the possibility is there, I think with the right build a record jump is totally doable,” said Wise.
The men’s setup at Sölden also features two Big Air jumps flanking one the Audi Nines’ most visually spectacular features yet: a 10-meter high, 2.5-meter wide ramp dubbed “The Launch Pad,” which will propel those daring enough to try it over a 32-meter gap. The lower section of the venue features a unique transition playground with a plethora of transfer options and a unique curved wallride made of snow.
This level of innovation in the course design wouldn’t be possible without the help of athletes like longtime Nines collaborator Jesper Tjäder, whose input has been crucial. “The transitions of the features, such as the open loops and transfer sections, will create rhythm and speed like no other course,” Tjäder remarked.
The public contest day, when the entire event reaches its climax, takes place on the Tiefenbach Glacier in Sölden on the 27th of April. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind spectacle, open to the public! This is followed by an Après-Ski party outside Tiefenbachferner restaurant and the official Audi Nines after-party at the Cross Point welcoming spectators, crew and riders alike.