Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing has a long tradition in University sport. One of the highlights of this sport in Switzerland was the medal won by Matthias Remund, the current Director of the Federal Office of Sport.

Cross-Country Skiing has been included in the programme since the first Winter Universiade in 1960. The tradition in university sports is even older: it was part of the “International Winter Weeks“ from 1951 to 1959, the predecessors of the current Universiades. 

The great stars of the Cross-Country Skiing scene were often present, for example the double Olympic Games and World Championship gold medallist Justyna Kowlczyk of Poland. The former top cross-country skier Bettina Gruber was the most recent Swiss competitor to achieve a Cross-Country Skiing podium position: the athlete from SAS Bern won the silver medal at the Harbin games in China in 2009. 

A particular highlight for Swiss fans was the Men’s Relay bronze medal at the Sapporo games in 1991. The Swiss team included Raoul Volken, Toni Dinkel, Matthias Remund (now Director of the Federal Office of Sport BASPO), and Urs Schmidig (now Director of the Zürich Department of Sport).

Competition Programme
Sprint (Men, Women)
Pursuit (Men 10 km, Women 5 km)
Individual (Men 10 km, Women 5 km)
Mass Start (Men 30 km, Women 15 km)
Relay Women 3 x 5 km
Relay Men 4 x 10 km
Mixed Team Sprint

National: Swiss-Ski
International: International Ski Federation


The Urseren Valley is a paradise for cross-country skiers, also at the Winter Universiade.

More information about the Andermatt-Realp venue

Cross-Country Skiing Arena