The multi-sport event, Winter Universiade, is a championship of university sports teams from Switzerland and across Europe. This year is an important milestone, marking the 30th edition of the event.
Multiple winter sports at Winter Universiade
Winter sports are deeply rooted in Swiss life. In fact, Switzerland boasts such high standards in so many winter sports disciplines that it often hosts high-level international sporting competitions, like the Spengler Cup, Audi FIS Ski World Cup and Snow Polo World Cup. Cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, ski orienteering, curling, snowboard, figure skating, short track speed skating and ice hockey are all part of the 2021 Winter Universiade Lucerne.
Students compete at Winter Universiade
University students aged 17-25 from around 540 different universities travel to Switzerland from over 50 countries to compete at the 2021 Winter Universiade. Winter Universiade is a joint venture between the city of Lucerne and the six cantons of central Switzerland: Canton Lucerne, Canton Nidwalden, Canton Obwalden, Canton Schwyz, Canton Uri, and Canton Zug.
2021 Winter Universiade venues
Winter Universiade takes place at several different venues in various Swiss cantons. Here are where the winter sports competitions take place:
- Cross-country skiing: Realp Nordic Centre, Andermatt-Realp (UR)
- Curling: Sporting Park, Engelberg (OW)
- Snowboard & freestyle skiing: Jochpass 2222, Engelberg (OW)
- Biathlon & ski orienteering: Biathlon Arena Lenzerheide, Lenzerheide (GR)
- Figure skating & short track speed skating: Regional Ice Centre, Lucerne (LU)
- Alpine skiing: Franz-Heinzer-Piste / Maggiweid, Stoos (SZ)
- Ice hockey: Sursee Ice Centre, Sursee (LU) & Bossard Arena, Zug (ZG)
The hub of the event is the Universiade Park at Europaplatz in Lucerne city centre, overlooking the lake. This is where prize-giving ceremonies take place, and where athletes, professionals, coaches, sponsors, volunteers and the public can go to mingle and immerse themselves in the ambience, entertainment and performances and enjoy some food and drink.
Attend 2021 Winter Universiade
Get tickets to Winter Universiade on the Winter Universiade website. If you are studying in Switzerland, you can apply as a volunteer - that way you get to be part of the incredible international happenings whilst getting valuable work experience. All sports venues are accessible by public transport.