AUDI NINES 2021: THE SESSION IS ON
The team behind the Audi Nines are thankful and excited to announce: It’s official, the Audi Nines are back and it’s game on! Buckle your seat belts, folks—in exactly two weeks, a special installment of the Audi Nines will debut in a brand-new location.
Audi Nines presented by Falken: The Swiss Edition
From April 7th - 10th, 2021, the Audi Nines will make its first appearance in the Swiss Alps at the resort of Crans-Montana in Canton Valais. This year’s Audi Nines footprint will be more modest than in previous years due to coronavirus restrictions, with fewer riders and team on-site. Even so, with a stellar crew of top international athletes already confirmed and one of the most ambitious snow park 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,” says Audi Nines founder Nico Zacek. “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.”
“Organizing this session in a short time frame has been a huge challenge for our whole team,” Zacek adds. “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.”
Top International Athletes Confirmed
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), Reira Iwabuchi (JPN), Dusty Henricksen (USA) and Kevin Backstrom (SWE) 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).
The “Become A Nine” wildcard contest will not take place this year due to time constraints. But fear not—we’ve invited several hungry young guns to keep the athlete roster fresh.
“It’s awesome that the Audi Nines is coming to Switzerland!” says Mathilde Gremaud. “This event is always about fun and good vibes, and Crans-Montana is a great place for that.”
“I’m very excited that the Audi Nines will take place this year, especially at a time like this,” says Anna Gasser. “I’m looking forward to having a great session with the whole crew.”
Covid-19 remains a serious challenge to be treated with the utmost respect and caution. The Audi Nines team takes every precaution necessary to provide a safe environment for its riders and production team. With this in mind, this year’s session will remain closed to the public. Stringent measures will be in place to prevent viral transmission on-site while ensuring that all local, regional and national regulations are met or exceeded.
“The Audi Nines has always put the safety of its riders and staff at the forefront,” says Zacek. “This year, that means minimizing the riders list and personnel onsite, as well as rigorous testing for everyone involved.”
As always, more information about the Audi Nines can be found at audinines.com. Stay tuned and get ready for an unforgettable session!