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Welcome to the 3rd Swiss Winter University Games in Saas-Fee 9 - 11 March 2018

Following a successful second edition in March 2017 with 140 participants, we are delighted to invite you and your team to Saas-Fee for the next unforgettable SWUG weekend in Saas-Fee.

Forty mixed student teams from universities across Switzerland will once again go head-to-head in six disciplines, competing for the title of Swiss Winter University Champion in the categories Team, individual men, individual women and Photo contest.

New in 2018!

  • Swiss Evening: On Saturday night the Swiss Academic Ski Club will organize a traditional Swiss
    evening with typical food and an entertaining side program

  • We proudly present our new discipline: The Parallel-Race at Stafelwald (where the SWUG Slalom takes place) A head to head fight with sound and cool drinks will ensure good vibes


Schweizer Hochschulmeisterschaften (SHSM)

Together with our partner SAS (Swiss Academic Ski club) we will organize again the official Swiss University Championships in Alpine skiing.

A Giant Slalom open to all students (from Universities and “FH/HES”) will take place on the ski movie slope on Friday 9 March. There is no need to be licensed (no FIS license, no Swiss Ski license necessary). Helmet compulsory. Racing suit allowed.

The cost will be 50 CHF including Registration & Ski Pass! (check with your University Sport Department for possible financing). Racers which also participate in the SWUG only pay half of the price.


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Photocontest Photopoint Mittelallalin

Suit up and get on the top for the craziest picture between the highest mountains in Switzerland. You can collect extra points and prizes so it’s well worth getting dressed up.

Giant Slalom Morenia

"SWUG Giant Slalom"

One of the most popular ski disciplines and the supreme discipline of the SWUG. If you want to win the SWUG you have to be among the best in this discipline.

Mix Race Morenia

"SWUG Mix Race"

Various disciplines in one single course. The most complete athlete will win this discipline with steep curves, small jumps and tide/wide turns.

Speed Morenia

"SWUG Speed"

Finally a discipline where there is no speed limit. The so called “Mausefalle of Saas-Fee” is your opportunity to go all out.

Slalom Staffelwald

"SWUG Slalom"

Tide turns but still possible for everyone. Your chance to feel like a real Slalom star. So get ready and smash the pols.

Parallel Race (NEW) Staffelwald

Only one run to level up. There is nothing more spectacular than a head to head race with a competitor on a course next to you.

SWUG Rallye Staffelwald

4 team members’ three challenges: Ski/Snowboard cross, Scooter, running while two are fixed together. Action and spectacle is guaranteed because 4 teams race at the same time.


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Description and Programme

The Swiss Winter University Games (SWUG) is a fully digitized winter event consisting of seven winter challenges.

You will be greeted in Saas-Fee on the evening of Friday 9 march 2018 with a welcome aperitif and a briefing session. On Saturday, four competitions are held in parallel in the disciplines Giant Slalom, Speed, Mix Race and Photo Contest.

Every discipline (excluding the Snow Relay Race) is either filmed or photographed with moveable cameras that are linked up to the internet. All images and footage can be accessed online almost immediately, either at one of the Racers’ Corners or via your smartphone. You can also check the results from individual disciplines as they come in.

It's Swiss night on Saturday evening at the Hotel FerianArt- so don't forget to bring and wear your typical Swiss dress! Later on the SWUG party will take place at the legendary Popcorn and will carry on into the early morning hours.

On Sunday the Slalom and Snow Relay will put all teams’ skills to the test once again, before the Swiss Winter University Champion 2018 is ultimately crowned.

Prizes will be given to the best teams, best individuals (women & men), most original pictures at the photo contest and pre-games winner.



Friday 9 March 2018

12 a.m.

Official Swiss University (open) Championships in Alpine skiing:


9 p.m.

Welcome aperitif and briefing session

Hotel FerienArt




Saturday 10 March 2018

9.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

First competition day (Photo contest, Giant Slalom, Mix Race, Speed)

Ski resort Saas-Fee

12.30 p.m. – 2 p.m.



3.30 p.m.

Apres Ski


4 p.m.



7.30 p.m.

Apero and typical Swiss evening

Hotel FerienArt

~10.30 p.m.

SWUG Party





Sunday 11 March 2018

9.30-12.30 p.m.

Second competition day (Relay, Slalom)


1 p.m.

Lunch with Prize giving ceremony’s

Hotel FerienArt

3 p.m.

Official finish

Hotel FerienArt


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Hall of fame

SWUG Champions

YearTeam nameUniversityPoints
(Isabel Lomax, Katrin Mathis, Lukas Brawand, Brian Kreuzer)
University of Basel2344

Sick trick to face planet
(Anja Vaes, Anita Weiss, Dominique Hohle, Marco Studer)

University of Basel3213

Individual woman

2016Katrin MatisUniversity of Basel708
2017Anja VaesUniversity of Basel720

Individual man

2016Kevin HoldenerZHAW Winterthur657
2017Marco StuderUniversity of Basel730

Photo contest


2016 One Passion
(Kathrin Hohl, Larissa Fricke, Kevin Holdener, Daniel Kern)
University of Fribourg
ZHAW Winterthur

Saane-Sense Zähringer
(Pauline Aebischer, Celine Solenthaler, Sandro Müllhauser, Manuel Köstner)

University of applied sciences Bern University of Bern,
University of Fribourg


Pre games


2016 Yann Bouduban School of hotel Management Lausanne 28
2017 Fabia Solenthaler University of St. Gallen 30





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How can I participate in SWUG?

Initially, each university is permitted to enter up to two teams into SWUG. A maximum of 40 teams will be selected. All team members must be matriculated at the same university and consist of two female and two male participants. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration opens on 1 September at 8 a.m. From 15 December 2016 at 6 p.m., teams from all Swiss universities can apply for the remaining places – also on a first-come-first-served basis.

To secure your chance of gaining a better starting position and/or SWUG wildcard, you should participate in the SWUG pre-games (see the programme for details) SWUG Pre-Games.


How much does it cost to enter SWUG?

 Entry into SWUG costs CHF 200 for students. This includes: Two nights’ accommodation in a double room incl. breakfast; a two-day ski pass; participation fee; welcome drinks reception; gala dinner; lunch on Saturday and Sunday (no drinks included on the Sunday); plus admission and a drinks voucher for the SWUG party. Participants also receive various goodies.


Must all members of the team be enrolled at the same university?

In principle, yes. The jury shall decide if any justifiable exceptions are permitted.


What equipment can be used for the Giant Slalom, Speed and Mix Race disciplines?

Skis, snowboards, telemark skis, ski boards and race boards. The jury shall decide if any equipment not listed here is permitted.


Can I compete in a race suit?



In what order must the disciplines be completed and are there fixed start times?

Start times are allocated to each team at the briefing session on Friday evening. After the first round, there are no more fixed start times. The order is decided according to the

number of SWUG Badges, which can be collected at the SWUG pre-games up to 26 February 2018.


Where can I find videos and photos of the day?

You can view your action videos and fun photos at Simply register and enter your ski pass number.


What happens if I miss a gate?

All runs are monitored via video, and the captured footage is used as authoritative evidence. If it is clear from the video footage that a gate was missed, the run will not count. You can, however, repeat the discipline.


What happens if my run is not fully recorded due to technical problems?

If the entirety of a run is not visible on video, it will be automatically disqualified.


Do I receive a bib number? if so, must I wear it at all times?

All participants receive a bib number. This number must be worn for the duration of the competition, otherwise you will not be eligible to participate.


Do I need to be a good skier or snowboarder to participate in SWUG?

Participation in SWUG requires intermediate to advanced skiing or snowboarding skills. Participants should be able to safely master a red slope. In addition, participants require stamina, strength and creativity.


Is a inspection of the course possible before the race commences?

No inspection is given of the Giant Slalom, Mix Race and Speed courses. The Snow Relay Race will be explained in advance. The jury will announce the order of the relay race and course tour times on Saturday evening.


What happens if I, as team leader, need to unsubscribe my team after having paid?

In principle, it is your responsibility to organize a replacement team. If this is not possible, the following refund conditions apply: 100% for cancellations up to 15 January 2018; 50% for cancellations up to 15 February 2018. No refunds are possible after this date.


What percentage of the amount paid is reimbursed to me if the event is cancelled?

In principle, all unused funds are reimbursed if the organizing committee cancels the event. Even in the event of early cancellation, however, some costs may have already been incurred (i.e. accommodation cancellation costs). All refunds and details regarding the amount will go directly to the participants.


Will the SWUG take place under all circumstances?

In principle, yes. But if, for unforeseen reasons, the event has to be cancelled or the program needs to be changed, all team leaders will be notified immediately via e-mail.


Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Maurin Malär from Saastal Bergbahnen AG is available for any questions regarding SWUG: Tel.: 078 910 77 50, Mail:


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