Is Suzuki Nine Queens the Best Women's Ski and Snowboard Event Ever?


Suzuki Nine Queens: 15th – 20th March. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria


The best date on the women’s snow calendar is back! The Suzuki Nine Queens ski and snowboard event is a mammoth female only competition full of snow castles, helicopters, big name photographers and even bigger named riders. It is a whole week of enormous jumps, fun, filming, photo shoots, progression, competition and 300 media from over 40 countries documenting it all.  It’s kind of a big deal!

“I found it a refreshing change, with its mellow atmosphere and creative avenues for both riders and photographers.” – Jenny Jones, Britain’s bronze Olympic slopestyle medalist, Sochi 2014.


Zuzanna Stromkova skiing at the Nine Queens ski and snowboard event

Zuzanna Stromkova being chased by a chopper. Photo Courtesy of Nine Queens.



A melting pot of the world’s best talent, pushing the progression of our sport:

The format, as well as the set up of the event is unique, inspiring progression from all that attend. There will be both a slopestyle event and a big air competition. Last year saw Jenny Jones land her first frontside 900 and take home 3rd place in the Big Air. It wasn’t just the snowboarders throwing down though. Canadian Kaya Turski learnt a switch 1080, pushing the bar super high for her fellow competitors as the first female to land a switch 1080! Who knows what this year will bring. With such a strong list of women riders, we are sure to see some big tricks thrown down over the castle at Nine Queens.

“It was a goal of mine to learn the switch 1080 and when I did, and it was one of my most exciting moments in skiing.” – Kaya Turski, Canada.



 Kaya Turski lands the first ever switch 1080 by a girl:



Klaudia Medlova snowboarding at the Suzuki Nine Queens Ski and Snowboard Competition

Klaudia Medlova gets inverted. Photo by Klaus Polzer


Wanna be a Queen? – Wild cards on offer:

There is one empty spot on the rider list for a wildcard who submits the best video edit by 23rd February. You just need to submit your entry via the website.


Keri Herman skiing at the Suzuki Nine Queens Ski and Snowboard Competition

Keri Herman in the alpine glow at sunset. Photo by David Malacrida



Confirmed skiers include:

  • Coline Ballet Baz, FRA
  • Silvia Bertagna, ITA
  • Emma Dahlström, SWE
  • Virginie Faivre, SUI
  • Keri Herman, USA
  • Devin Logan, USA
  • Maude Raymond, CAN
  • Tiril Sjastaad Christiansen, NOR
  • Zuzana Stromkova, SLO
  • Katie Summerhayes, GBR
  • Kaya Turski, CAN
  • Lisa Zimmermann, GER



Confirmed Snowboarders include:

  • Jamie Anderson, USA
  • Julia Baumgartner, AUT
  • Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas, NOR
  • Aimee Fueller, GBR
  • Anna Gasser, AUT
  • Jenny Jones, GBR
  • Elena Könz, SUI
  • Silvia Mittermüller, GER
  • Kristiina Nisula, FIN
  • Silje Norendal, NOR
  • Christy Prior, NZL
  • Birgit Rofner, AUT
  • Olya Smeshlivaya, RUS



Highlights from Nine Queens, 2014:



About the ski resort Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Austria:

The winter sports paradise Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis with its three historical villages is located on a sunny high plateau above the Tyrolean Inn Valley, framed by the mighty 3000-metre Samnaun mountains and the Ötztal Alps. Enjoy 450 hectares, 160 metric kilometres/212 skiable kilometres of perfectly groomed runs, guarantee of snow throughout winter and spring – 80 % of the runs can be covered by artificial snow –, 67 lift systems, 116 km of maintained cross- country skiing trails, freeride slopes, numerous terrain parks and the whole gamut of winter fun sports.


With the Kinderschneealm childrens’ entertainment centre, the Murmlipark and Berta’s Kinderland, excellent ski schools, all-day childcare, separate children’s restaurants and many other family-friendly attractions one can safely say that Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis has one of the best winter offering for families, and has indeed been commended several times as the most family-friendly resort in the Alps.
For more information go to the website:



Sponsored by Suzuki (Thanks for supporting our sport & women’s progression Suzuki!):

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Silje Norendal snowboarding at the Suzuki Nine Queens Ski and Snowboard Competition

X Games gold medalist Silje Norendal hitting the big line. Photo by Klaus Polzer

Good luck girls!!!

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