A crazy ski race in Canton Valais featuring skiers dressed up as witches with scary masks.
The so-called Belalp Hexe – or Witches’ Descent – is as out there as ski races get. Allegedly in honour of a notorious witch who once lived in the area, one thousand skiers dress up as witches – with brooms and scary masks – and whizz down a 12-kilometre route from the Hohstock to the quaint mountain village of Blatten beneath the Aletsch Glacier in Canton Valais. It’s a fairly demanding route, with steep and challenging sections of piste making for exciting viewing. While the grown-ups kid around, there is entertainment for children in the shape of face painting and crafty activities. Meanwhile, each day of racing draws to a close with Witches’ Nights – the oddest après-ski you are likely to find in Switzerland. Watch skiers in their usual outfits at the kick-off Belalp Derby giant slalom.