The main mission of Suzuki Nine Queens is charging ahead by pushing the progression of women’s skiing and snowboarding. The recipe is simple: a perfectly shaped gigantic setup, top athletes and good vibes. 2016 was no exception and Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Austria saw a fantastic week of action with a few cloudy jib days, a glorious sunrise shoot, a Big Air contest and many sunset sessions on the snow chateau from the 13th to 18th of March.
The smiley Klaudia Medlova (SVK) was peer-voted “Ruler of the week” honouring her ability to push her boundaries focusing on technique and style, this week landing her first corked frontside 1080.
Riding hard from the get go she also charged the jib session stomping trick after trick on the rail setup with 15-year old Hailey Langland (USA) another rider who turned heads with her solid style.
Austria’s Anna Gasser (AUT), fresh back from injury, not only won the big air contest, but impressed by stomping a backside 900 on her one warm up day, then landed a double cork 1080 after the contest.
Sarka Pancochova (CZE) and Anna “Panka” Gyarmati (HUN) were firing up on the kicker along with Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR). In addition to putting 100% into her riding and landing massive tricks such as a frontside 1080, Buaas inspired and supported fellow riders and newcomers, embodying the camaraderie of this event. “It’s so touching to see that there are so many riders coming up and very humbling to see that I can have an impact on their progression.” She also mentioned the importance the event has had on women’s skiing and snowboarding exclaiming, “I love this event!”
Though all of the girls threw down technical and stylish tricks throughout the week, it was Coline Ballet-Baz (FRA) who took home the coveted, peer-voted “Ruler of the Week” title. She pushed herself to learn a cork 900 blunt to safety, and later on, in the competition, moved onto land her first left 900 tail to tail.
Zuzana Stromkova (SVK) made a mark in freeski history with her flatpin 1080, a never-before-seen trick (in women’s skiing), while Emma Dahlstöm (SWE) landed her personal first switch 1080.
Style master Keri Herman (USA), who has never missed the event placed second in the Big Air contest after 17 year- old Swiss rookie Giulia Tanno said, ”The girls are trying new tricks, landing new tricks, and their personal progression here is always next level. There’s nothing like this anywhere else. Nine Queens is set up in a way that can really progress our skiing.”
Suzuki Nine Queens successfully wrapped up, next, the men take on the Suzuki Nine Knights – “The Perfect Hip” in a new location in Watles in South Tyrol from March 29th to April 2nd, 2016.