The international snowboard elite descend on Laax The international snowboard elite descend on Laax The international snowboard elite descend on Laax
Laax prides itself on having the best freestyle park in Switzerland. When 150 of the world’s best snowboarders compete in the Laax Open 2019 this weekend, the ski town will have the chance to prove itself once again.
Matt Leighton
La Mara: cross-country skiing at its finest
The Marathon of Les Rasses, or La Mara, is a cross-country ski race that kicks off each year on the first weekend of March, much to the delight of the event’s fans. Matt Leighton talks about what attracts its loyal participants and about plans for next year’s big 50th party.
Matt Leighton
The Laver Cup, “tennis for the fans,” heads to Geneva
The Laver Cup began in 2017 and pits the best tennis players in Europe against those from the rest of the world, including legends both active and retired. CEO Steve Zacks talks about the challenges of launching a new tournament, the potential for a women’s version, and how to set ticket prices.
Matt Leighton
Hornussen, Swiss “farmer’s golf,” heads to a frozen lake
Hornussen is a traditional Swiss sport that is often referred to as “farmer’s golf.” Saturday’s fourth-annual winter tournament in Leukerbad will be played on a frozen lake bed 2,200 meters high and will bring together the top players. It may be an amateur game, but it’s taken very, very seriously.
Matt Leighton
The Hornschlitten race: 5.5 kilometers on traditional sledges
Every year, 125 sledges tackle the Hornschlitten race. This traditional event binds together the mountain community. You can bring along your own sledge, but it won’t be cheap.
Matt Leighton
Funding crucial for Switzerland’s top winter sport athletes
Switzerland’s top winter athletes are competing in major championships this week. For the majority, Sport Aid funding provides real assistance. Matt Leighton talks about just how much they get and looks at how the athletes are faring during such a crucial week.
Matt Leighton
Is the Laver Cup a sign of things to come for Roger Federer?
The Laver Cup will be coming to Geneva in September, and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have committed to play in the tournament’s third edition, which just sold-out. We asked the Swiss champion if his involvement could spur him on to start a tournament of his own when he finally retires.
Matt Leighton
White Turf: Champagne and horse racing in St. Moritz
The White Turf in St. Moritz is an event that has, to say the least, put its own spin on horse racing for over 100 years and counting. The three-weekend extravaganza attracts the rich and beautiful and brings in 20 million Swiss francs to the local economy.
Matt Leighton
What does it take to fund Switzerland’s young snowboarding hope?
As Swiss Olympic freestyle snowboarder Pat Burgener looks to make his mark at the 2019 FIS World Championships, Matt Leighton looks at what it takes to get him there every season.
Matt Leighton
FC Basel leads the way with India football partnership
In a landmark deal, FC Basel has bought a large stake in Chennai City FC, current leader of the I-League. Some may wonder what there is to gain with being linked to India, which is ranked 97 in the world. But is there a bigger picture?
Matt Leighton
The amount Swiss athletes get paid will surprise you
Many in the Swiss sports world say it’s difficult to get funding for the country’s athletes and Olympic hopefuls. Switzerland’s National Olympic Committee, Swiss Olympic, sees the bigger picture and is working to fix the situation, says Roger Schnegg, the committee’s general secretary.
Matt Leighton
Swiss business supports the future of skiing
Each winter, the Swiss Ski Federation organizes events with commercial partners to help ensure the future of Swiss snow sports. Migros has partnered on a series of children’s races since 2002. Can this produce future Swiss Olympic champions?
Matt Leighton
St. Moritz snow polo—a crazy idea, but it works
The Snow Polo World Cup has been taking place on the frozen lake at St. Moritz for 35 years. The gala dinners and VIP passes are always sold out for this posh and unusual event. So what’s the secret?
Matt Leighton
All aboard for the Château d’Oex Balloon Festival
The 41st edition of the Château d’Oex Balloon Festival is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones’s nonstop balloon trip around the globe. But will bad weather in Vaud stand in the way of the mythical event?
Matt Leighton
Did you know about the ice climbing competition in a parking garage?
The Valais mountain resort of Saas-Fee has hosted the Ice Climbing World Cup for 20 years. It takes place, believe it or not, in a 10-story parking garage, which ensures that this unique event can go on no matter what the weather may bring.

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