2020 Event Carousel
Jungfrau Region's Blogbuster Series / Nr. 27
What's up in the Jungfrau Region? A whole lot.
Let's go through some Top Events of 2020.
We're starting big. Namely with the Lauberhorn Races which attracted many visitors again last weekend. Fortunately for us Swiss, Beat Feuz was able to win the infamous downhill race on Saturday. He'll fight for the gold medal again tomorrow in Kitzbühel, Austria. Good luck!
Meanwhile in Wengen: After the race is before the race. The 91th Int. Lauberhorn Races will take place from 15 to January 2021. We're already looking forward to that.
A look back in time, these were the winners of the first ever Lauberhorn Races in 1930:
- Downhill: Winner Christian Rubi (SUI)
- Slalom: Winner Ernst Gertsch (SUI)
- Combination: Winner Bill Bracken (GBR)
We Swiss are neutral. But we mean business when it comes to skiing haha.
You can also enjoy the downhill run without skis. Well, enjoying might be the wrong word here. We're talking about the Lauberhorn Run on 29 March 2020. You have to conquer the 1,028 metres of altitude difference and 4.5 kilometres of the Lauberhorn World Cup downhill course on snow, from bottom to top! Crazy...but a lot fun for sure.
Our next event takes building a snowman or snow castle to another level. It's real art which is shown here and it's one of Grindelwald's key events during Winter. At the World Snow Festival, international artists design figures and sculputres out of metre-high blocks of snow. Right now, the artists are giving their works of art the last touch. Tomorrow at 6 pm there's a colorful presentation of the sculptures. Come by and admire them, they won't stant forever. Let's hope the weather stays cold, the sculptures like that. By the way, this year's theme was hospitality and the artworks are located in the village centre (some special ones are located in the Männlichen ski area as well).
Fun fact: The initial spark for the event was a giant Heidi sculpture by Japanese artists in 1983.
The iconic Inferno Race Mürren was first held by some ski-crazy Brits in 1928 and is now considered one of the largest amateur races in the world of skiing.
Some quick facts:
- Start: Schilthorn 2970 m
- Finish: Lauterbrunnen 800 m
- Difference in altitude: 2170 m
- Length: 14.9 km
The downhill race, which is the highlight of the Inferno week will take place for the 77th time tomorrow. Good skiers need about 45 min for the beautiful and varied course. The best skiers, however, need less than 15 minutes. Fun, nature and tradition are key though.
Only in Grindelwald: The Velogemel World Championship has been held every winter in February since 1996. The next one will be on February 9th. Start is on the Faulhorn, following a scenic ride down to Bussalp.
In the years 1910/1911 a local named Christian Bühlmann invented the bicycle sledge, the so-called Velogemel. For the frame he used ash wood, for the skid mount, handlebars and saddle maple was suitable. Two blacksmiths from Grindelwald made the runners.
Back in the days: The unique vehicle served the postman on his tours, the doctor when visiting the sick, the farmer for his shopping and the children on their way to school. Today, fun and leisure is the main focus. Be sure to try it out when you're in Grindelwald!
Whitestyle Open – that stands for style on the snow...and in the air.
We're talking about a great freestyle event that takes place in the charming village of Mürren every year. From 28 February to 1 March, top riders (freestyle skiers and snowboarders) will be showing their skills here. The Big Air Contest on Saturday marks the highlight of the event. In the afternoon the riders can qualify and then they show their best tricks on the illuminated Big Air in the evening. The venue is located in the ski school area behind the Hotel Jungfrau.
The Haslital valley – a birthplace of alpinism and a climbing, mountaineering and ski touring paradise of rare variety and great tradition. Amidst this spectacular mountain scenery, Meiringen is the proud host of the Haslital Mountain Festival.
The date for the 5th edition has been fixed; from April 2nd to 5th 2020 the bouldering elite will meet in Meiringen for the start of the season. You will never get to see the bouldering specialists this close. Apart from the exciting competitions, the Haslital Mountain Festival also offers a varied and entertaining supporting programme.
Strength, concentration, body control, dynamics, acrobatics, courage and pure tension: that's climbing!
International greats such as Joe Cocker, Bryan Adams, Amy Macdonald as well as Swiss legends like Polo Hofer and newcomers with potential – they have all played on one of the most unique open-air stages in the world. On the Kleine Scheidegg, 2061 metres above sea level and in front of a stunning mountain backdrop.
The 23rd edition of the Snowpenair will also be the last one! Surrounded by ice and snow, the stars will surely warm up the crowd.
Eiger Ultra Trail – harder than the north face solo.
A big slogan for a big event. Probably the biggest in summer here.
Trail running through locations such as Grosse Scheidegg, First, Faulhorn, Schynige Platte, Wengen, Männlichen, Kleine Scheidegg, the traverse beneath the Eiger north face offers spectacle and a unique mountain ambiance. Standout: the E101 route with 101 kilometres and 6700 metres of altitude difference.
All finishers get a unique gift at the end. The Eiger Finisher stone; real stones from the Eiger, made into unique medals by a local mountain guide and stone artist. Like that, you can take home a piece of the myth of the Eiger.
42,195 km, 1829 meters of altitude difference and 4000 starting places, which are sold out every year. These numbers make the Jungfrau Marathon special and a standout event every year. But it's not all about the numbers. The beautiful surroundings, which can be admired again and again along the entire route – that makes the hearts of runners and spectators beat faster. In a recent Marathon survey, the Jungfrau Marathon was voted Marathon of the Year 2019 by the runners. Congrats!
The 28th Jungfrau Marathon will take place on 12 September 2020. The online registration opens on 14 February 2020, at 8 am. There are 4'000 starting places available. «First come, first serve».