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Ice and Sound 2017: hot on ice 28 december 2016

Saas-Fee, 28 December 2016. The spectacular Ice and Sound festival will take place for the 18th time in Saas Fee’s multi-storey car park. Thousands of spectators, over 100 athletes, live bands, DJs and Ländler music groups will gather in the Ice Dome for the big event.

It’s that icy time of the year again! The popular Ice and Sound event will take place in Saas-Fee on two weekends in January. Over the last 18 years, Ice and Sound has become a well-established ice extravaganza of sport, fun and music. Saas-Fee’s multi-storey car park is converted into an Ice Dome for the event and on both weekends 100 climbers from up to 20 different countries will be competing on the ice wall.   

The Ice-Climbing Swiss Masters will take place on 14 January with around 40 climbers expected to take part. The competition is the last of the four Swiss Cups this winter. The Swiss ice climbers will test their mettle in the car park arena. Climbers include Petra Klingler (Bouldering World Champion) from Zurich and Yannick Glatthard from Bern. Both won the Swiss Masters last year.

Climbing to the Olympics

The big World Cup will take place on the second weekend from 20 to 21 January. Klingler and Glatthard are among the Swiss hopefuls for a medal at this event. The organisers are expecting around 100 athletes from up to 20 different countries on the World Cup weekend. Along with the chance to make some spectacular climbs up the ice wall, the climbers also want to promote their sport. In 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved sports climbing for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

According to IOC figures, 25 million people in the world practice sports climbing. It is a relatively young sport, says the IOC, but is already attracting sports enthusiasts of all ages. Together with their umbrella association, the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), the ice climbers are working on their mission to see ice climbing featuring as an Olympic sport as of the Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing.

Party mile for everyone

There will be plenty of festivities going on to celebrate the sporting events on both weekends. On the evening of 14 January, there will be marching carnival bands from 8 p.m. and the Open Ice Party.

On 20 January, The Genepy will be performing at Club Two from 10 p.m., while those who prefer traditional music should head to the House of Swizterland to hear “Z’Hansrüedi”. On 21 January the Basel AC/DC tribute band Live Wire will be delighting rock fans, while there will be a folkier atmosphere in the House of Switzerland with Ländler band Mischabel. Admission to the House of Switzerland is free, with fondue and other Swiss specialties available from 11.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. The wine bar “Walliserstern” is also always a good place for a few celebratory drinks.

On Sunday 22 January 2016, a night bus will be operating at 3 a.m. from the PostAuto bus station Saas-Fee to Nidergut (CHF 5) and to Stalden, Visp and Brig (CHF 15). General and half-price season tickets are not valid here.

For more information, see  www.iceandsound.com 

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Saastal Marketing AG, Monika Kessler, PR
monika.kessler@saas-fee.ch  
+41 27 958 18 77

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