Shredding a Castle: Nine Knights in Livigno


On April 20th, some of the best freeskiers in the world descend­ed on Livi­g­no, Italy to ses­sion a mas­sive cas­tle-shaped fea­ture known as the “II Castel­lo.” This years com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured their biggest cas­tle to date, made up of rough­ly 100,000 cubic meters of snow.

Over the week the rid­ers spent in Livi­g­no, they absolute­ly destroyed the fea­ture. Whether it was Lolo Favre find­ing his own way over the half­pipe gap rail, or Nicky Keefer float­ing rodeos over the 75-foot kick­ers, the rid­ers dis­cov­ered just about every tran­si­tion the mas­sive fea­ture had to offer.

On the day of the com­pe­ti­tion, the rid­ers woke up to 35 cm of fresh snow. Gen­er­al­ly, this is not some­thing skiers would com­plain about, but it does make hold­ing a big air com­pe­ti­tion rather dif­fi­cult. Instead of hit­ting the jump, it was decid­ed that they would host a jam on the rails, and small­er fea­tures. Roy Kit­tler took top hon­ors at the jam with Hen­rik Har­laut and Fabio Stud­er in sec­ond and third, respectively.

The weath­er opened up for the remain­der of the week, allow­ing the filmers and pho­tog­ra­phers to cap­ture all of the action on the cas­tle.  As the week wrapped up four awards were giv­en out. Lolo Favre won best tran­si­tion for boost­ing out of the half­pipe to a sniper tran­ny on the back­side. David Wise took best trick for his dou­ble misty 1080 mute, and Nicky Keefer took home the best style award, as well as being deemed the Nine Knights “Ruler of the Week” for his effort­less style, and abil­i­ty to make even the small­est rota­tions look amazing.

This years Nine Knights turned out to be one of the best yet, allow­ing rid­ers to show off their abil­i­ty to use all parts of a fea­ture. Check out the video to see all the high-fly­ing action.