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Swatch Nines Reimagines The Perfect Hip

Sky-high action guaranteed as the pioneering freestyle event offers a new take on a classic feature

From the 9th to the 13th of April 2024, Swatch Nines will return to the atmospheric slopes of Schilthorn, Switzerland. In its second year at this spectacular location in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Nines will revive one of the most celebrated features in its 15-year history: the Perfect Hip.


Werni Stock x Klaus Polzer - Perfect Hip 2016

In 2016, the original Perfect Hip left an indelible mark as one of Swatch Nines’ most successful editions, with new high-air records that still stand today in both skiing and snowboarding, exceptional media coverage and an unforgettable experience. In 2024, the Nines will revisit the concept of a massive, perfectly shaped hip jump. Of course, it wouldn’t be Swatch Nines without a fresh creative vision, so fans can expect more than a few new ideas and variations in this transition-focused setup.



Here’s all you need to know about the 2024 Swatch Nines Snow edition:


DATES: 9–13 April 2024


PUBLIC DAY: 13 April 2024


LOCATION: Schilthorn, Switzerland


CONCEPT: The Perfect Hip Reimagined


BREAKING THE MOLD


The Perfect Hip concept breaks away from the norm of Big Air-focused features and shifts the focus to more unconventional transitions. In addition to the central hip feature, a variety of additional features will challenge riders and viewers’ ideas about what’s possible on skis and snowboards.


“We’ve spent the past fifteen years building every imaginable kind of jump, and we’re always open to doing things differently. Over the past several years we’ve focused on more classic Big Air and Slopestyle setups, so in 2024 we’re shaking things up and reimagining the Perfect Hip. Hip jumps of this size and quality rarely if ever get built, so this is a special chance for riders and snowsports fans alike to see something really different.” - Nico Zacek, Swatch Nines founder


“I went to the Nines the year before last, unfortunately I missed it last year due to an injury but this year I’ll be back and after seeing the amazing hip and transition setup I reckon it’s safe to say it could end up being one of the best park setups ever. “- Valentino Guseli, Snowboarder.


NEW HEIGHTS FOR WOMEN


A full complement of female riders will be invited to session the Perfect Hip. It’s the first time that this many women will ride a hip feature of this size.


 "I'm excited to finally have the chance to ride a hip of such standards. I was blown away by the footage of The Perfect Hip Back in 2016, and it'll be rad to see such an array of women hitting a setup like this, which hasn't really been done before." – Sarah Hoefflin, Freeskier


Mia Brookes x Klaus Polzer

BECOME A NINE

Today marks the official launch of the Become A Nine video contest, offering riders the chance to secure a wildcard entry to the Swatch Nines 2024 event and showcase their skills on a global stage. Head over to thenines.cc/ba9 to learn more about how to enter.


COME AND WATCH

As always, Swatch Nines invites the general public to come and watch the action in person during the Public Day session. This year, instead of a formal contest, the Nines will return to a more relaxed jam-session format. The public day is scheduled for Saturday, 13 April, and access is free with a Schilthorn ski pass.


For more information visit thenines.cc.


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