Sunday, 12 January 2014

Big Freeze to hit Saas Fee! - UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup 2014

In the next two weeks Saas Fee will once again become home to the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup 2014, one of the oldest and liveliest stops on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup circuit. From the 18th to 25th January 2014, the Saas Valley will become a Mecca for all ice climbing fans from across the globe. An action packed programme of sporting events and legendary ice climbing parties in the multi-storey car park. 

After 15 years of hosting this prestigious event, Saas Fee really knows how to put on a show. Two weekends of events in the Saas Valley around ice and snow. The car free alpine village has a very unique competition wall for the event, built inside a circular car park at the edge of the village set against a backdrop of the towering Swiss Alps. 

The unique location for the speed and lead climb competition

Competition organisers build a lounge area on the ground floor of the 10 storey high parking garage called The Cave, home to the after-party, which gives a new meaning to the word ‘cool’. To celebrate the 15 years milestone of the Ice On Tour, there will be a concert on Friday 24th, rock ‘n’ roll band ‘Whole lotta DC’ the AC/DC tribute band from Switzerland to set the competition off to a flying start! 

Programme Preview

Saturday 18th January - Open Swiss Championships
Friday 24th January - Lead Open Men and Women, Speed Finals Women and Men 
Saturday 25th January - Lead Semi Finals and Finals for Men and Women

Studying the wall before a Lead climb (Photo: UIAA)

Click here to see the organisers website

Come down to Saas Fee and check out this amazing annual event. It is a real special event on the winter calendar, one not to be missed! 

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