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Swatch Nines is bringing back The Perfect Hip

By: Ethan Stone February 28, 2024

It’s been eight years since Swatch Nines set the high-air records on hips in both skiing and snowboarding. Now Europe’s signature invitational event is bringing back the hip again. See you in the stratosphere!

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.

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
Back in 2016 riders like Joffrey Pollet-Villard showed us some of the highest hip airs ever seen, including a new world record set by David Wise. Klaus Polzer

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.

Innovative design has been the hallmark of the Nines since day one. What will this year's hip feature look like? One thing's for sure, you can expect the unexpected. Theo Acworth

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 together. “I’m excited to finally have the chance to ride a hip of such standards,” says Sarah Hoefflin. “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.”

Become A Nine

We’re glad to be hosting this year’s ski portion of the Become a Nine contest right here on Downdays! Check back tomorrow for more information on how to enter the contest for an invitation to the 2024 Swatch Nines.

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.