Courtesy of Gerti Ring
On the 14th of April 2018, the Audi Nines in Sölden aim to revolutionize winter sports. The final riders list is now available.
The SlopeX course, developed for the Audi Nines presented by Falken, is a combination of Slopestyle and Cross elements, enabling the athletes to integrate style as well as speed into their riding. With a length of 900 meters and a vertical drop of 200 meters, it is the longest and biggest course in the history of the event series formerly known as Nine Knights and Queens. Both Cross and Slopestyle athletes are looking forward to the public contest day on the 14th of April when they will compete together on the same set-up for the first time.
2-time Olympic Snowboardcross Gold winner, Pierre Vaultier (FRA), is excited to find out “how the transitions of the SlopeX such as the spines, hips and the rhythm section will affect and maybe even change my style of riding.“ The finish will be a 30-40 meter jump leading into a unique 18-meter high 180-degree turn. “Instead of a finish line there will be a ´ninja warrior’ styled buzzer. This mix of fun and innovation makes me want be a part of the Audi Nines,“ adds German Skicross athlete, Paul Eckert. The multi-option quarter pipe feature with four take-offs and two 17-meter-tall landings will be accompanied by two big air jumps, enabling the riders to push their boundaries in the safest way possible.
4-time X-Games winner Silje Norendal (NOR) remarks: “I like that the Audi Nines course layout is different to all other courses. It’s going to be all about having fun, and that is something we all need after this busy Olympic season.“
Olympic Ski Slopestyle athlete, Jesper Tjäder (SWE), agrees: “I care about all the unique features, in combination with being around good friends, there is nothing else I want to be doing this spring.“
The athletes have five days to explore the endless possibilities of the SlopeX set-up before the big public contest day will take place at Tiefenbach Glacier in Sölden on the 14th of April. The event format incorporates seven different categories, from Snowcross over Big Air and Quarter Pipe to team challenges promising a spectacle never witnessed before. The flower ceremony after the contests is followed by an Après-Ski party outside Tiefenbachferner restaurant and the official Audi Nines after-party at Katapult, Sölden, welcoming spectators, crew and riders.
For further information and to apply to “Become A Nine”, please visit www.audinines.com