THROUGH THE WORMHOLE: AUDI NINES 2020


Take your protein pills and put your helmet on! Winter sports fans can prepare to be transported to new realms as the Audi Nines returns to Sölden and Gurgl, Austria for the third year of inter-dimensional snowboard and freeski action.

Audi Nines presented by Falken in Sölden & Gurgl
From April 13th – 18th, 2020, the Audi Nines presented by Falken returns to Sölden and Gurgl, Austria for its 12th year. Building on the success of earlier events at this location, this year’s plans include ever-more spectacular snow features intended to challenge athletes and entertain onlookers alike, while maintaining the Audi Nines’ high standards of progressive snowpark design. Meanwhile, open-to-the-public events like the Night Shoot on Wednesday, April 15th in Gurgl, and the Contest Day on Saturday, April 18th in Sölden continue to provide the chance for all to witness this snow sports marvel first-hand and free of charge.

Athletes Take the Lead in Course Design
For 2020, the Audi Nines riders have spearheaded the process of drafting the event’s otherworldly snow features. At a creative workshop held in Innsbruck, Austria, as documented in the Behind the Nines video series, the athletes came up with course designs for both the Sölden and Gurgl venues that will challenge their peers in exciting new ways, while keeping audiences reaching for the rewind button.
 
“The venues in Sölden and Gurgl will explore new realms of design in snow,” promises Audi Nines founder Nico Zacek. “You can expect to see even more incredible action in big air and slopestyle-influenced settings, as well as some pioneering new features, like ‘The Wormhole,’ that will challenge your understanding of physics.”


Photo by Theo Acworth / Audi Nines

“It’s rad to be able to turn some ideas you daydream about into reality,” says Clemens Millauer (AUT). “The Audi Nines team can turn doodles into your riding playground for a week.”

“For me, Audi Nines is the only place where I can really say what I’d like to ride,” says Mathilde Gremaud (SUI). “ It’s amazing to see our ideas come to life.”

“There’s much production going into it,” says James Woods (GBR) of the design process. “It’s just in another league. But the basis of it is exactly why we all got into skiing and snowboarding. There is so much opportunity to get banging content for the rest of the season.”


David Wise. Photo by David Malacrida / Audi Nines

Become A Nine: Join the Nines Family!
Don’t want to be stuck sitting at home while the action goes down in Sölden and Gurgl? As always, the Become A Nine Video Contest gives passionate athletes worldwide—male and female, skier and snowboarder—the awesome chance to earn a spot at the session and become a member of the Audi Nines crew. Click here to find out how to enter your video submission! The deadline to submit is April 1st, 2020.

For more information about the Audi Nines, visit audinines.com, and stay tuned for lift off!

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