The construction of the 2016 Suzuki Nine Queens castle has begun in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Austria. The 3D models will be transformed into snow ready for the all-female supersession taking place 13th to 18th of March 2016. Joining the world’s best, invited skiers and snowboarders are the “Become a Queen” online video competition winners Johanne Killi (NOR, Ski) and Julia Marino (USA, Snb) who demonstrated solid technique, style and creativity. Don’t miss the Big Air Contest on Friday, 18th of March. Ski Johanne Killi Snowboard Julia Marino Trailer 2016

The 2016 Castle

Each year the unique feature, built by the experts from Schneestern, finds different ways to challenge the riders. This year the nearly 25 meter wide main castle boasts a total of five take-offs, with two main booters measuring 21m form the lip to the knuckle, two step-ups and a smaller kicker through the tower. The hexagon shape jib feature is centred around a draw-bridge jib surrounded with a gap to down box, a double rail stair-set and 2 fun quarters.

The Riders

Returning to the top of the castle are snowboard extraordinaires Jenny Jones (GBR) and Jamie Anderson (USA) as well as, Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas (NOR), last year’s winner, who is currently turning heads showing her all-round skills on the Freeride World Tour.

Emma Dahlström (SWE) who has been collecting medals on the freeski circuit is back along with Keri Herman (CAN), Kaya Turski (CAN) and many more. Mixing it up with fresh talent, there are the first-time queens, such snowboarders Hailey Langland (USA) and Katie Ormerod (GBR) who stomped a world first 1080 double cork (2014), and young-gun skiers Maggie Voisin (USA) and Guilia Tanno (SUI) who recently was 2nd at the U.S Grand Prix.

Keri Herman

Lisa Zimmermann

Suzuki Nine Queens – The Concept

The event, now in its 6th year, will host various shoots during the week, including sunset and sunrise sessions, creating stunning photos and videos. In addition, the invited photographers Flo Breitenberger (GER), Dasha Nosova (RUS) and Ilana Barkusky (CAN) will be competing for best photo in various categories. Creating a unique feature for the athletes to ride without pressure is the idea behind the event, leading to incredible performances, which progress the sport. The Big Air Contest wraps up the week and is the “showtime”, where the best action takes place. See you there!


Dania, Assaly, CAN

Coline Ballet-Baz, FRA

Emma Dahlström, SWE

Keri Herman, USA

Johanne Killi, NOR

Tiril Sjastaad Christiansen, NOR

Zuzana Stromkova, SLO

Katie Summerhayes, GBR

Guilia Tanno, SUI

Kaya Turski, CAN

Maggie Voisin, USA

Lisa Zimmermann, GER


Jamie Anderson, USA

Julia Baumgartner, AUT

Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas, NOR

Anna Gyarmati, HUN

Sarka Pancochova, CZE

Jenny Jones, GBR

Elena Könz, SUI

Hailey Langland, USA

Stefi Luxton, NZE

Julia Marino, USA

Klaudia Medlova, SVK

Katie Ormerod, GBR

Christy Prior, NZE

Birgit Rofner, AUT

Olya Smeshlivaya, RUS