Livigno, Italy, 10th of March 2014 – The world’s best female snowboarders will be heading to Livigno, Italy for the Nine Queens presented by O’Neill from March 26th - 30th, 2014. The event recently moved from Austria to Italy in the hunt for the large masses of snow necessary to build the huge snow castle set up. After the Sochi mayhem and the world tour wrap up in Vail, the riders can finally enjoy five days of fun, stress free sessions on the gigantic structure at Mottolino Fun Mountain. With the likes of Jamie Anderson (USA) and Jenny Jones (GBR) present the big air super session on the 29th of March will be a showdown not to miss.
The Schneestern shapers are working flat out to build the most eclectic feature of all time. They had already begun the construction of the men’s Nine Knights event set-up, making the last-minute shift of the ladies’ event to Livigno possible. The “castle” setup is state-of-the-art and in addition to two huge kickers it integrates a halfpipe and heaps of jib obstacles, offering numerous lines and transitions.
The name of the game is progression and with some of the world’s best riders heading to Mottolino we are in for some first class action. Jamie Anderson confirmed her attendance and with her recent US Open slopestyle victory and Olympic gold, she is on top of her game. Ready to push the boundaries at Nine Queens will also be Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), Jenny Jones (GBR), Spencer O’Brien (CAN), Silje Norendal (NOR), as well as, newcomer Anna Gasser (AUT), who this winter has claimed fame for her cab double cork, a trick that is at the hight of progression for women. The “Wanna be a Queen” online Video Contest deadline has been extended to March 14th, so send in your clips for a chance to become one of the female riders taking part in this unique event.
After a few days of shooting and warming up on the obstacle, Saturday March 29th will see the queens compete in front of the public eye for the coveted unofficial title “Queen of the World”. Running from 10am to 3pm join us for a feast of snowboarding excellence and maybe even some never before landed tricks. If you want to celebrate with the ladies after, head to the Nine Queens Afterparty at Miky’s Pub on Sunday evening on the 30th of March. See you all there!
Spencer O’Brien, CAN
Enni Rukajärvi, FIN
Jamie Anderson, USA
Nadja Purtschert, SUI
Silje Norendal, NOR
Jenny Jones, GBR
Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas, NOR
Elena Könz, SUI
Kristiina Nisula, FIN
Birgit Rofner, AUT
Julia Baumgartner, AUT
Program at a Glance:
March 26th–28th, non-public photo and film shoots
Saturday, March 29th, 10am–3pm: Big Air competition, 3pm: Prize giving
Sunday, March 30th from 10pm: Afterparty in Miky’s Pub
Find further details about the event and the WANNA BE A QUEEN online Video Contest on www.ninequeens.com and on facebook www.facebook.com/ninequeens.
About Mottolino Fun Mountain:
Mottolino Fun Mountain is a skiing area of Livigno located in the Italian Alps. It is well known for its prime Snowpark, which has won several awards in Italy in recent years and is rated among the best ones in Europe: covering 120.000 m2 (more than 30 soccer fields) constructed from more than 170.000 m3 of snow. Fun is at the bottom of almost any activity which has led to a great variety over time. Not only has Mottolino hosted the highest music concert in the Italian mountains, the Ice Party, it has also been the home of three editions of the Burton European Open, seven editions of Burn River Jump and many times of the World Rookie Fest. In 2014 Mottolino will host the legendary NINE KNIGHTS freeski event, which will take place already for the third time in Italy, and this year for the first time also the NINE QUEENS freeski and snowboard event. The resort will provide enough snow for the shapers to build the massive, enchanted Nine Knights castle, which will remain in the beautiful mountains of the Mottolino skiing resort for a week. Do you want to know more about it? Check out our brand new webcam on: http://www.mottolino.com/info/WebCam.aspx?p=P2
Sitting right in the heart of the Alps, Livigno is the place to discover new winter sports: In Livigno, telemark skiing is living a second youth, freestyle has grown up and snowboarding found its first fans. Livigno has also hosted several editions of the Burton European Open, a top international event, which turned the resort into a real Mecca of snowboarding during the first years of the new millennium. The snow and ski areas are winter’s main attractions as Livigno provides an extensive and modern ski-lift network to its guests. Today, with more than 115 km of slopes and the Mottolino Snowpark, rated as the best European Resort at the World Snow Awards of London, this “Little Tibet” is a perfect choice for everyone, with or without a snowboard, to enjoy snow, shopping and après ski. For more info visit: http://www.livigno.eu or http://www.facebook.com/LivignoFeelTheAlps