From the 7th to the 10th of April, 2021, the Audi Nines will make its first appearance in the Swiss Alps, in the resort of Crans-Montana in Valais. Due to coronavirus restrictions, this year’s Audi Nines footprint will be more modest than in previous years, with fewer riders and team onsite. Even so, with a stellar crew of international top athletes already confirmed and one of the most ambitious snowpark designs yet conceived, the Audi Nines 2021 session looks to be more memorable than ever.
“We’re stoked and incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to pull this event off in these difficult times. For us, this year is about the camaraderie, fun and progression of a classic spring session, as a reminder to us all why we love what we do. Organising this session in a short time frame has been a huge challenge for our whole team. But we wouldn’t be the Audi Nines if we didn’t fight tooth and nail to turn our dreams into reality. This is why we wake up in the morning, and we’re very excited to share what we’ve been working on”, says Audi Nines founder Nico Zacek.
Audi Nines: A Design Match Made in Heaven
Feature concepts at the Audi Nines have channeled a wide variety of influences over the years, from medieval architecture (“castles out of snow”) to more recent, science fiction-inspired creations. In 2021, the Audi Nines have collaborated with Sebastian Gehwolf to “hack” the setup and introduce his own vision. The result is a stunning synthesis of function and style that will amaze snowpark fans and design aficionados alike.
“Design and aesthetics have always been an important aspect of the Audi Nines. Designing this huge snow construction so that it looks fascinating - drawing the eye to different angles, shapes and curves - was challenging but very rewarding,” Says event founder Nico Zacek.
Top International Athletes
As always, the Audi Nines will welcome a select squad of the world’s best male and female skiers and snowboarders for a session of the superlative kind. Top snowboarders like Halldór Helgason (ISL), Anna Gasser (AUT), Annika Morgan (GER), Dusty Henricksen (USA) and Sebbe de Buck (BEL) have already confirmed their attendance. On the ski side, Henrik Harlaut (SWE) will make a special appearance alongside other top stars like Alex Hall (USA), David Wise (USA), Jesper Tjäder (SWE), Mathilde Gremaud (SUI) and Maggie Voisin (USA).
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