Nov 27, 2017
This sport, which combines hiking with off-piste skiing, is attracting more and more enthusiasts. The best of them will be competing with each other in January in the Vaud Alps.
On 19 and 20 January 2018, Villars, in the Vaud Alps, will be hosting the Ski Mountaineering World Cup. Although it’s a first for this competition, the resort is well-seasoned in organising this kind of event, since it already hosted the Ski Mountaineering Swiss Championships in 2015 and 2017. The increasing success of this type of event reflects the rising popularity of this discipline which has attracted more and more people since the early 21st century. It was this growing enthusiasm that gave the top Swiss mountain sports organisation, the Swiss Alpine Club (CAS), the idea to set up the very first championships in 2015. Villars will also play host to ski mountaineering races during the Youth Olympic Games in 2020.