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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
The Andermatt Queen and King of the Mountain
The Queen and King of the Mountain race in Andermatt will double in size for next year’s 20th anniversary edition. Matt Leighton talks about the expansion plans and looks at what this year’s winner and local star, Aline Danioth, has planned for the rest of 2019.
Matt Leighton
A rite of passage for Switzerland’s future ski stars
Countless Swiss skiing stars, including Didier Cuche and Lara Gut, got their start at Grand Prix Migros, one of the largest youth races in the world. The series of races—for 6- to 16-year-olds—includes more than 6,000 young hopefuls. Matt Leighton breaks down the logistics of Grand Prix Migros, often referred to as “more than a ski race,” and the event’s future.
Matt Leighton
Women’s tennis takes over Lugano
Women’s championship tennis in the form of the Samsung Open is underway in Lugano, and the tournament has already had its share of shocks, including top-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland losing in the first round. But despite being early in the season, this clay-court tournament attracts a strong international field that has its eye on the French Open.
Matt Leighton
A big wake-up call for the sports world
The Association of Summer Olympic International Federations launched its report on the “Future of Global Sport” with one overarching theme—things need to change. ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti stresses the need for more governance and entrepreneurialism, among other things. And of course, the need for more money.
Matt Leighton
American football’s unexpected boom in Switzerland
Believe it or not, Switzerland’s American football scene is thriving. Matt Leighton talks about just how big the community is and how they manage to intrigue new fans.
Matt Leighton
Corvatsch looks to host 2025 Freestyle World Championships
Perfect conditions welcomed riders for the 7th Corvatsch Freestyle World Cup, and now organizers are pushing to host the 2025 Freestyle World Championships. Matt Leighton lays out the next steps.
Matt Leighton
The sky’s the limit with new game-changing landing bags
Freestyle skiers and boarders are pushing the limits, bringing new levels of complexity to their tricks. With safety air-landing bags now fitted to the slopes, practice has taken on a new dimension.
Matt Leighton
Is ski cross creating a new market for mountain resorts?
Schilthorn is hosting the Audi Ski Cross Tour for the first time. Matt Leighton breaks down what it takes to stage a top-level event.
Matt Leighton
Racing for pride at the Swiss Cross-Country Ski Championship
After a full season of competing on the international stage, elite Swiss cross-country athletes battle it out to be named champion for 2019.
Matt Leighton
The Freeride World Tour goes from strength to strength
Verbier hosted the final stop of the 2019 Freeride World Tour last weekend. Though the infamous Bec de Rosses has its risks, conditions were surprisingly favorable for this year’s riders.
Matt Leighton
No skis are too old in the traditional Kandahar ski race
Back in 1893, a pair of Swiss-made skis cost a mere 20 Swiss francs, the equivalent of a few nights in a fine hotel at the time. Find out how the passionate members of the Kandahar-Club Hirsegg are keeping old traditions alive.
Matt Leighton
Running up the Lauberhorn for fun
They’re starting at the finish line and finishing at the starting line. Athletes are racing up—that’s right, up!—the legendary Lauberhorn ski run for fun, and for the chance to win 1,000 Swiss francs.
Matt Leighton
The world’s largest 24-hour cross-country ski race
The cross-country ski race in Les Mosses showcases more than 900 athletes in a grueling 24-hour, nonstop race. Matt Leighton talks about its budget and audience for the competition’s 8th year running.
Matt Leighton
SkiMo in Villars is a success despite tricky conditions
Countries around the world have sent their strongest skiers to navigate the complex and difficult course in Villars for the SkiMo World Championships.

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