The traditional spectacle on World Cup mountain, Chüenisbärgli
For 150 years, winter tourism has been a major part of life in Switzerland – and Adelboden salutes this jubilee too with the ongoing and much loved tradition of these Horned Sledge Races down Chuenisbärgli.
A great tradition lives on at Chuenisbärgli on Sunday 15 february with the traditional «Horäschlittä-Renä». In bygone days, hay was stored in special barns called «Finneln» on mountains and pastures before being transported down to the valley in winter by farmers on huge horned sledges.
From this old Adelboden custom evolved a race which is hard to beat in terms of either excitement or nostalgic spectacle. Dressed in old-fashioned, halflinen clothes and pointed caps or in modern winter sportswear and helmets, every team tries to be the fastest to negotiate the perilous, winding descent. This traditional festival starts on Saturday evening with a fair and bar, and on Sunday at midday, the first of over 100 sledge pairs begin their hair-raising race down the hill at breakneck speeds. A knowledgeable and dedicated group of spectators line the route and fill the finishing arena at Chälä to cheer the winners and ensure a great atmosphere. It goes without saying that there is plenty to eat and drink as you enjoy the traditional folk music entertainment.
Night time skiing with laser and snowsports show
Fancy racing down the Chuenisbärgli World Cup piste at night?
You can enjoy this unusual experience as part of our 150 years of winter tourism in Switzerland celebrations every Friday between 6 February and 6 March 2015 from 7pm-9.30pm in Adelboden.
Some thrilling runs in crisp snow, a fascinating laser and snowsports show and to conclude the evening a steaming fondue in a cosy ski hut – can you imagine a better way to start a winter weekend in the mountains?
Naturally there is also a fantastic ski show on the programme too.