Crans-Montana in Switzerland was the location for the 30th edition of The Nines showcasing a week of freestyle ski and snowboard action. The newly-designed course quickly became a breeding ground for world-first trickery, massive sends and viral moments.
This year’s course included a massive big-air jump with additional bowl features, a mushroom-shaped obstacle called “The Sphere” and an innovative “Downward Spiral” inspired by skateboarding.
Sixteen-year-old snowboarder Hiroto Ogiwara landed the world’s first backside 2160, after five tries.
Snowboarder Reira Iwabuchi joined her compatriot Ogiwara in the world first club with her own historic trick, a frontside triple 1260, while Olympic Big Air gold medallist Birk Ruud swapped his skis for a snowboard to land a backside triple 1440.
In the Freeskiing, stylish female riders such as Lara Wolf and Kirsty Muir set the tone for the week, while a new generation of outstanding men including Max Moffatt, Mac Forehand and Finn Bilous soared to new heights.
The Nines 2022 Awards
Best Trick: Reira Iwabuchi – Front Triple 1260
Best Style: Mia Brookes
Ruler Of The Week: Mia Brookes
Best Trick: Hiroto Ogiwara – Backside 2160 Indy Tailbone
Best Style: Luke Winkelmann
Ruler Of The Week: Valentino Guseli
Best Trick: Lara Wolf – Misty 540 mute
Best Style: Lara Wolf
Ruler Of The Week: Megan Oldham
Best Trick: Jesper Tjäder – Cork 540 to transition to switch backflip
Best Style: Max Moffatt and Finn Bilous
Ruler Of The Week: Max Moffatt