Save the dates: Suzuki Nine Queens 2015 Ski & Snowboard

Suzuki Nine Queens Ski and Snowboard,
Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria

Logo_NQ Dates: 15th – 20th of March 2015
Public Contest Day: Friday 20th  March 2015

Since 2008 the simple idea behind this media event has remained the same. Carving out a life-size snow castle creating a unique obstacle in a breathtaking surrounding and inviting some of the world’s bestathletes, photographers and film makers for a week long super session.


The 5th edition of the Suzuki Nine Queens will see an elite crew of female skiers and snowboarders session the giant setup in the picturesque setting in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Austria, from the 15th-20th March 2015. Sunset and sunrise shoots during the week, will lead up to the Big Air Contest on Friday 20th of March, a day not to miss.


Suzuki Nine Queens 2014 presented by O’Neill – Day 3 Afternoon Sessionriders: above Isabel Derungs, below Lisa Zimmerman 2014

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Suzuki Nine Knights Ski and Snowboard,

Mottolino Fun Mountain, Livigno, Italy

Dates: 5th – 10th of April 2015
Public Night Shoot: Wed 8th April 2015
Public Contest Day: Friday 10th April 2015

rider: Roy Kittler

Heli Session
It’s official, the Suzuki Nine Knights will for the first time see snowboarders ride side by side with the skiers at the infamous “Il Castello” on Mottolino Fun Mountain in Livigno from the 5th to the 10th of April 2015. The multifaceted feature will again push the boundaries of snow construction, and surprises are to be expected. The public night session is set for the 8th of April, last year saw 4000 spectators climb on top of the mountain to watch the lit up spectacle. The Contest Day, a true battle royale will take place on Friday the 10th of April.

Suzuki Nine Knights 2014 presented by GoPro – Day 3 Night Session


Part of the event series is also the summer time Suzuki Nine Knights MTB, featuring top level freeride mountain bikers during a week 31st August– 5th September 2015 on Mottolino Fun Mountain, Livigno, Italy.

Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2014 – Day 6 No Contest Session

Snowboarding chicks storming the castle 2014

What a great first year of snowboarding at the event! Sunset, lifestyle and helicopter shoots, as well as, jib sessions and a fantastic contest day all added up to a great introduction of snowboarding to the 2014 Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill in Livigno, Italy. Get a piece of the epic action in the snowboard edit, which celebrates the awesome riders such as big air contest winner Elena Könz (SUI), the “Best Overall” snowboarder Isabel Derungs (SUI), “Style Queen” Klaudia Medlova (SVK) and many more…

The full Highlight Clip is out!

There are many reasons to celebrate the weeklong Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill that took place in Livigno, Italy. In addition to the big air contest winners, the peer-voted awards determined the “Best Overall” skier and snowboarder, as well as, who had the “Best Style” and “Best GoPro Shot”. An integral part of the event concept has always been the photo contest and this year saw the spotlight aimed at the people behind the lenses once again.

The success of bringing together the ski and snowboard female pro’s for the first time shows in this highlight edit, with never before seen action!

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Photo Contest 2014

Our  talented and incredibly creative, invited photographers Christoph Schöch (AUT) , Eleonora Raggi (ITA), Nate Abbott (USA) and Alex Papis (AUT) excelled this week. Not only pushing for a fresh vision and new ways of documenting some of the world’s best skiers and snowboarders throwing down at the “Il Castello” on Mottolino Fun Mountain,  they kept it cool, worked closely together with the riders and had fun! The 2014 Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill in Livigno would not have been the same without them! We love you guys! The results are amazing, see for yourselves….drum roll…there are the 4 different category winners…

Important: These photos can only be published on! They can NOT be copy pasted to other websites!!!


1. Best Action –  Eleonora Raggi
(rider: Jenny Jones GBR)
“I had planned some shots beforehand and I brought my harness with me. Once I had climbed into my spot on the lift pilon the police spotted me and shouted at me to get down. I pretended I did not understand and finally they had to come and get me, but I got my shot! ” -Eleonora – Continue reading

The Winners of the Week

There were many reasons to celebrate at the gala night of Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill. The awards winners were nominated through peer voting, with the focus throughout of creativity, progression and fun.  The riders were buzzing after an excellent heli-shoot session and in a elated mood, watched their footage and photos from the week to vote for “Best GoPro shot”, “Best style” and “Overall” skier and snowboarder of the week.

An integral part of Nine Queens is the photorapher’s awards. The four invited photographers Eleonora Raggi (ITA), Christoph Schöch (GER), Alex Papis (AUT) and Nate Abbot (USA) spent the week working closely together with the riders to ensure that the top notch riding and epic set-up was documented in style. The photographers chose the categories for themselves; Best Action, Best Illumination, Best Group Action and Best Lifestyle.

Suzuki  Nine Queens presented by O'Neill 2014
The room was full of dancing and cheering as the preroll of the event footage kicked in, and the heavy baseline pumped as the weeks action rolled out in front of the girls. Beloved event director, Nico Zacek hyped the crowd, and began presenting the photographers. Continue reading

Day 2 Update

The second day of the Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill started with a happy surprise as bluebird conditions met the riders heading up to “il Castello” on Mottolino Fun Mountain. Throughout the day the freeskiers and snowboarders rode side by side sessioning one feature after the other. Check out the 100% GoPro Moment  video with freeskier Emma Dahlström from Sweden was going big with a super stylish cork 720 tail grab.

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GoPro Course Check Video

An eager group of freeski and snowboard girls arrived from all corners of the globe to the huge snow castle for the first day of the Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill. The event has now officially kicked off with the girls testing out the many different obstacles of the “il Castello” at Mottolino Fun Mountain. Take a look at the fun GoPro Course Check Video  with Emma Dahlström (SWE), Keri Herman (USA), Katie Summerhayes (GBR), Rebecca Torr (NZL) and Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR). Continue reading

Wanna be a Queen winners 2014

The Wanna be a Queen Online Video Contest is over and the 5 winners have been invited to join the Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill in Livigno, Italy from March 26th to 30th 2014. Heading to the chateau will be freeskiers Jamie Crane-Mauzy (USA), Julia Krass (USA) and Zuzana Stromková (SVK). Among the snowboard ladies Christy Prior (NZL) and Klaudia Medlova (SVK) stood out to the jury. Congratulations ladies!! Meanwhile final preparations are taking place for the big welcome of the queens next week. Check out the winners’ edits!


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Suzuki Nine Queens goes Italian

Many female Freeski and Snowboard pros will be digging out their Italian dictionaries, or at least downloading a translation app, because in two weeks time – from March 26th to 30thLivigno, Italy will be hosting some of the best female shredders in the game. The preparations for the Suzuki Nine Knights are in full swing, making the last-minute shift of the ladies’ event to Livigno possible. On site the shapers of Schneestern are working flat out to build the most eclectic feature of all time. Read more and check out the complete riders list!


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New event location and dates!

The Nine Queens presented by O’Neill will happen two weeks later than originally planned from March 26th – 30th and will move to Livigno/ITA!
Due to prevalent föhn winds and unnaturally warm temperatures over the last weeks, the snow machines in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis were unfortunately unable to produce enough snow in the newly established valley venue of the legendary fairytale castle. Moving the event to Livigno has ensured that the event will still take place in the most epic way possible!


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New event date: March 9th – 14th 2014


We are more than happy to announce that in 2014, we are welcoming female snowboarders from all over the world to our Nine Knights Family. The world’s top female skiers and snowboarders will meet in beautiful Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis from March 9th till 14th for a week of riding, shooting, and partying. Don’t miss the action and check out your favourite riders from both worlds!

Photo Contest 2013 – images and results

Big it up for all our competing photographers at the Nine Queens 2013 in Serfaus – Fiss – Ladis. All of you guys and girls have done an amazing job taking photos and helping us to make the event unforgettable. Thank you so much Schöchi, Eleonora, Ananda and Jeremy! We owe you big time…Throughout the five days the invited photographers tried to get their best shots in 4 different categories. They had to hand in their favourite two shots on Saturday night and here are their submissions:

And this are the winners:

– Best Action Shot… congrats Jeremy Bernard!


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The winners of the week

Nine Queens is all about progressing the sport – in a lot of different aspects. The girls throw down with incredible skill, but they are not the only ones that make Nine Queens so special and progressive. Some of the best sports photographers and videographers in the world were invited to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and produced truly impressive results. The picture and video submissions will be up soon, let’s celebrate the winners first and look at their awesome prizes!

Host Virginie Faivre ©David Malacrida

Host Virginie Faivre ©David Malacrida

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BANGER Highlight Clip Day 1 and 2

The busy schedule has not phased the Queens one bit as they continuously push the limit during every session. The first highlight video will definitely make many jaws drop; it is a testament to the evolution of the sport and the endless possibilities of freeskiing. Remember, we saved the best shots for the final edit, so it will get even bigger than this!

Get your spot on the castle of the Nine Queens

You think you have the stuff to be a queen? The “CONTOUR Wanna be a Queen” online video qualification lets you apply for your spot on the castle with the freeski superstar ladies like Virginie Faivre. Just submit a video edit until February 25th at the latest to show your nine best tricks. The jury wants to see a lot of airtime on kicker, quarter, halfpipe or hip as well as three rail shots. For more information check out the video or our website!



The Suzuki NINE QUEENS Lifestyle Fotoshooting will be outstanding!

The Suzuki NINE QUEENS event is all about female freesking and getting the best action pics out of these talented girls while they are hitting our chateau.
… But we also plan to do a Liefstyle fotoshooting which will blow your mind!

We visited the Frommesalp in Serfaus.Fiss.Ladis yesterday and the owner showed us what makes this alm a very special one!
We won´t tell you to much for now, but maybe you can already imagine what this is all about…

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6 days to go: Schneesterns video update & GORE-TEX® competition results!

Today we would like to show you a little video of how the Suzuki NINE QUEENS castle is getting build in Serfaus.Fiss.Ladis.

The Schneestern shaper Till Bex (Uniquts) filmed the progress of the Chateau the last couple of days and groundingfather of the Suzuki Nine Queens Nico Zacek is proudly showing you, what the Shapers have done so far.

Check it out:


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