The ski season for the United States (and most of the northern hemisphere) is sadly coming to an end. Many mountains around the world are preparing to close or have already closed, the Freeride World Tour is over and most FIS events are over. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t at least one more major event to be absolutely hyped for…
The Nines’22 is coming, and it’s coming fast. From April 4-9, the 30th rendition of the event is set to take place, and it’s shaping up to be absolutely epic. So what is The Nines? Well, to sum it up, it’s an event series meant to push the boundaries of freestyle skiing and snowboarding with massive and unique features, founded in 2008 by Nico Zacek. The first quad cork 1800 was landed by Andri Ragettli during the Nine Royals 2017. In short, it’s madness, and this year, which will take place in Crans-Montana, will certainly be no different.
Over the past few years we’ve seen massive jumps, weird inclines and funky gaps, but this year might just have the most unique feature of all: the first downhill spiral loop for skiers and snowboarders. 6 years ago we were treated to the first downward spiral on a skateboard thanks to Tony Hawk, and in just a few days we will be treated to the first downward spiral on skis (at least to my knowledge).
YouTuber steepsteep, who is best known for playing ski, snowboard and mountain bike video games like Shredsauce and Riders Republic, posted a video on The Nines’22 course and interviewed Nico Vuignier, professional skier and one of people who helped imagine and build the downward spiral. I suggest you take the time to watch the video, as it is quite informative on both the history of the event and what will be happening this year. So get ready, I predict madness.
Image credit: The Nines on YouTube