Once again the team at Audi Nines have create an insanely huge and creative set up of kickers, quarters, bowls, launch ramps, step ups and step downs beyond what has ever been created before for 2019! Every year they go all out on building the best and biggest snow structures for the best snowboarders in the world to go full send on and each year we think they've hit their limit, but no...here we go again.
This year they have split the locations up, one site for the men and one for the women. In Sölden, a team of 16 shapers, three snowcats, and three excavators is nearing completion of the men’s venue. When all is said and done, a total of 150,000 cubic meters of snow will be moved to build this stunning two-tiered setup. Meanwhile, in Obergurgl, a second team of eight shapers, two snowcats, and one excavator is busy finishing the women’s obstacle using 35,000 cubic meters of snow.
Here's a little look into how this mega monstrosity was built:
Creating visually spectacular features has always been a central tenet of the Audi Nines philosophy, and this year is no different! In Sölden, the “Launch Pad” is in place. This truly experimental, if not slightly mad, sci-fi feature is a metal scaffolding ramp, 10 meters high and just 2.25 meters wide, which will launch the riders over a 32-meter gap. Over at Obergurgl the build team has installed the highlight feature of the women’s setup: the “UFO,” a multipurpose rainbow rail and wallride feature that embodies the Audi Nines’ Space-Age design concept.
The riders in town to fire all their sense off these creations include Stale Sandbech, Rene Rennikangas, Sebbe De Buck, Terje Haakonsen, Sven Thorgren, Sina Candrian, Anna Gasser, Annika Morgan, Silje Norendal and more. Keep an eye out on social media for all the updates coming in thick and fast as the madness unfolds this week.