The Anglo-Swiss University Race returns to St. Moritz
The Anglo-Swiss University Race is the oldest international teams ski race in the world. It has been held almost every year since 1925. On 15th January, 2014 it will be held in St. Moritz for the 81st time!
What started spontaneously in Murren in 1925 between English guests, locals and the members of the Academic Alpine Club of Bern has become an entrenched tradition over the years. Since its inception, the best ski racers of the British Universities Ski Club and the Swiss Academic Ski Club face off annually in teams of six. On 15th January 2014, they will meet for the 81st edition - in the best tradition, again in St. Moritz.
The initiator and founder of the Anglo-Swiss Universities Challenge Cup is the late English ski legend Sir Arnold Lunn (dec’d 1974). The hotly contested cup is a faithful reproduction of Admiral Nelson’s drinking mug used during the Battle of Trafalgar. At the Meeting’s concluding "Official Dinner" in the Stübli at the Palace Hotel, the Cup is proudly passed from the losing Captain around the table to the winning Captain. In accordance with English tradition, the evening’s festivities cannot begin in earnest, neither speeches nor smoking, before toasts are made "To the Queen", and "To the President of the Swiss Confederation".
English is spoken without exception - as best as they can - and when the words cannot be found, conversation is somewhat short and all the more to the point. Thus, at the death at 95 years of the SAS Honorary President and winner of the first Anglo-Swiss, Walter Amstutz, his friend Werner Salvisberg took the floor and said, short and sweet: "It's alright!"
In addition to the sporting tradition of this race, a unique atmosphere in social terms has existed since 1935 due to the generous hospitality of the Badrutt family who have hosted the racers and officials each January as their guests in the world famous Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, St. Moritz.