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Welcome to the 4th Swiss Winter University Games in Saas-Fee 22 - 24th March 2019

Review 2018

Following a successful 2nd edition in March 2017 with 140 participants, we are delighted to invite you and your team to this year’s unforgettable SWUG weekend in Saas-Fee!

Once more, teams from universities across Switzerland will race head-to-head in seven disciplines, competing for the title of Swiss Winter University Champion!

New in 2018:

  • Swiss Evening: On Saturday night the Swiss Academic Ski Club (SAS) organizes a traditional Swiss evening with typical food and an entertaining side program.
  • Night Parallel Slalom at Staffelwald (where the SWUG Slalom takes place) as the 7th discipline. A head-to-head parallel fight between two racers. Nice music and cool drinks for good vibes.
  • The official Swiss University Championship in Parallel Slalom & alpine Combination for Skiers and Snowboarders. See more details below.
  • 4 – 6 Teams from the “Professors go Racing” (initiative from HTW Chur).

How much does it cost?

  • Early-bird until 30th of November: CHF 210
  • Regular fee from 1st of December: CHF 230
  • Alumni: CHF 360

This includes: Two nights’ accommodation in a double room incl. breakfast, a two-day ski pass, participation fee, welcome drinks, gala dinner, lunches on Saturday and Sunday (no drinks included on the Sunday), SWUG party.

Swiss Student Championship in Parallel Slalom & Alpine Combination

Together with our partner SAS (Swiss Academic Ski Club) we organize the official Swiss University Championships in Parallel Slalom and Alpine Combination for skiers and snowboarders before and during the SWUG. 

  • Friday 9th March
    Night Parallel Slalom open to all students (from Universities and “FH/HES”) on the ski movie slope. Helmet compulsory. Racing suit allowed.
    Price: 30 CHF for the SWUG participants, 50 CHF for the others.
    Included are race registration and ski-pass.
    Check with your University Sport Department for possible financing!
  • Saturday & Sunday 10./11. March
    Embedded in the SWUG the Swiss University Championship in alpine combination. It contains 3 disciplines: Giant Slalom, Slalom and Mix Race.


Saas-Fee, 14/08 - 2018
Am 15. August findet das traditionelle Älplerfest auf der Triftalp, oberhalb von Saas-Grund, statt. Du kannst auch in diesem Jahr viel über Folklore und die einheimischen Brauchtümer erfahren. 🚡🐮🎶
Le 15 août, le traditionnel festival alpin a lieu à Triftalp au-dessus de Saas-Grund. Cette année, tu peux aussi apprendre beaucoup de choses sur le folklore et les coutumes locales. 🚡🐮🎶
On August 15th the traditional alpine festival takes place on Triftalp, above Saas-Grund. This year you can also learn a lot about folklore and local traditions. 🚡🐮🎶

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Photocontest presented by EY 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 sponsored by our Partner EY 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 Slalom (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 Relay 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.

In addition we will distribute the medals for the Swiss Championship in Alpine Combination skiing.





Friday 9 March 2018

5 p.m.

Official Swiss University Championships in Parallel Slalom


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 presented by EY, Giant Slalom, Mix Race, Speed)

Ski resort Saas-Fee

11.30 p.m. – 2 p.m.



3.30 p.m.

Apres Ski


4.15 p.m.

Parallel Slalom


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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Wall of fame

SWUG Champions

YearTeam nameUniversityPoints
2018SAS’fêteUniversity of Lausanne/Fribourg3984

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

University of Basel3213
(Isabel Lomax, Katrin Mathis, Lukas Brawand, Brian Kreuzer)
University of Basel2344

Individual woman Ski

2018Joana Frick University of Fribourg560
2017Anja VaesUniversity of Basel720
2016Katrin MatisUniversity of Basel708

Individual man Ski

2018Marco StuderUniversity of Basel560
2017Marco StuderUniversity of Basel730
2016Kevin HoldenerZHAW Winterthur657

Individual woman Snowboard

2018Anja VaesUniversity Basel486

Individual man Snowboard

2018Dominique Hohle University Basel413

Photo contest


2018SuperdruperUniversity of Bern300

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

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

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

Pre games

2018No Pre games this year
2017 Fabia Solenthaler University of St. Gallen 30
2016 Yann Bouduban School of hotel Management Lausanne 28




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Professors go racing

The established event ‘Professors go racing’ is a new SWUG category for employees of all universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education. The event should focus on promoting exchange between staff members and students and emphasis the fun factor rather than the primary sporting performance.

Where and when will the winter sport event take place?

The event will take place between 9 and 11 March 2018 at the facilities of the Adrenalin Cup held in Saas-Fee.

Who can take part?

All employees of Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education can start in the ‘Professors go racing’ category and participate in the same categories as the students. You should ideally register as a team comprising four members (where possible, from the same university or university of applied sciences).

Can I also register as an individual?

You can of course also register as an individual. Should you decide to do so, you will be assigned to a team at the venue.

Which disciplines are offered?

Speed, Slalom, Parallel Slalom, Mix Race, Photocontest, Giant Slalom, Relay

How many teams can participate in the ‘Professors go racing’ category?

Participation is limited to a maximum of six teams. First come, first served!

How much does it cost to take part?

Participation costs CHF 380 and includes the following services:

·         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.


Where and how can I register?

You can register directly on this page (see below), as a team or individual.

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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 2017 at 6 p.m., teams from all Swiss universities can apply for the remaining places – also on a first-come-first-served basis.

How much does it cost to enter SWUG?

The entry fee for students costs CHF 210 if the inscription is done untill November 30. After the price is CHF 230.00. The fee for alumni students is CHF 360.00

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. 


Where can I find videos and photos of the day?

You can view your action videos and fun photos at adrenalincup.saas-fee.ch. 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 or a teammate must be replaced?

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. noch mit folgendem Ergänzen: Also if a teammate is not able to join the SWUG. Pleas look for another participant. It is important to inform the OK about the Change in your Team. IF you don't find someone you can contact Maurin.


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: malaer.maurin@saas-fee.ch

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