Vertical Up.

The goal of the WENGEN VERTICAL UP is to conquer the original “Lauberhorn–Worldcup-track”, which spans 4,480 meters and 1.020 vertical meters, vertically and as quickly as possible.

The “kicker” to the whole story is the rules – in fact, there are none!

The choice of equipment is open so long as everything is powered by your own muscles (no motors), as is the choice of route, on the Worldcup-track!

  • Runners with spikes have an advantage, just as long as the course is hard and provides a firm grip …
  • Cross-country skiers using skins have an advantage, but without the right technique   …
  • Ski mountaineers / ski tourers have an advantage, but can they eke out enough of an advantage when they come to steeper terrain …
  • Racers on snowshoes and crampons: have an advantage, but can they convert that into speed on flatter ground …



Registration starts: Autumn 2017
Registration Wengen Vertical Up

Registration deadline: 18.03. at 12 p.m.




Date: Sunday 25. March 2018, 10.30 a.m.

Divisions: “Speed Division” and “Rucksack Division”

Course Name: Lauberhorn-Worldcup-Track

Starting elevation: 1.278 m

Finishing elevation: 2.315 m

Elevation gain: 1.028 vertical meters

Course length: 4.480 m

Average gradient: 25 %

Max./Min. gradient: 41 % / 6 %

Suggested equipment: touring skis, cross-country skis, running shoes with spikes, crampons, snowshoes, ski poles, barefoot,…



Divisions & Prizes

Speed Division


This division is the ultimate discipline in the WENGEN VERTICAL UP.

Each athlete takes on the original, legendary Wengen ski run as quickly as possible, with a free choice of equipment. Everything is allowed, as long as racers use nothing but the strength of their own muscles.

Sub-Divisions: men’s/women’s

Timekeeping and official standings: YES

Prizes: men’s/women’s divisions / gift certificates, starter package

1st place SFR 600

2nd place SFR 400

3rd place SFR 200

4th place SFR 140

5th place SFR 100

6th place SFR 70

Rucksack Division

This division is the most fun competition in the WENGEN VERTICAL UP!

Each participant gets to take on the track at their own tempo, using whatever equipment they prefer.

Only condition: They must carry a rucksack incl. contents (or however much is left over) all the way to the finish line.

Timekeeping and official standings: timekeeping only, final results are posted alphabetically. Winners are those participants who finish closest to the average time clocked by all starters!

Prizes: Starter Package incl. rucksack contents
This year, once again, there will be a super grand prize! (in recent years: a weekend of ski touring or mountain biking, 2 nights for 2 people at a 4**** hotel, Suunto Ambit3)



Team/club with the most starters in the entire field wins.



Participants with the most original costumes receive a great prize: Bergzeit coupons, Huber Zwickl beer, ….
Important: All participants who wish to be considered in the final results have to register at the race office by no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday!

Information for Participants

Start numbers/starter packages can be picked up on Saturday from 2 – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.!

Race office: Saturday 2 – 6 p.m., Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.; Distance race office-start about 20 minutes.

Results list: You can track results live on the Internet – Times appear immediately after crossing the finish! –> LIVE TIMEKEEPING

Timekeeping chip: all-Inclusive – total cost is included in the entry fee!
The chip is integrated into the actual starting number. IMPORTANT: Don’t mistake your starting number for a luggage tag!!!

Required Equipment:

  • Helmet
  • Rucksack (for the “Rucksack Division”)

Starter Package: We are again putting together a great starter package for all race entrants. You are guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised!

Arrival: click to go to the route planner – parking in Lauterbrunnen

Spectators/Support Personnel: please refer to “Spectator info”

Race briefing: 10:15 a.m. in the starting area, mandatory attendance.

Luggage transportation:

  • bags should be not bigger than 20 liter
  • Leave bags by no later than 10:00 a.m. at the tourist board
  • bags are in the finishing area
  • Property must be identified by a tag/number from the starter package (not liable for damage/loss)
  • Please do not hang anything on the outside of the rucksack!

Start: 10:30 a.m. at the Lauberhorn finish area

Course: original Lauberhorn-track

Athlete Refreshments: 

  • In the finish area (at the teepee tent): Red Bull and tea
  • Please separate the food & drink ticket from your luggage tag!

Prize ceremony: ca. 3:00 p.m. at the tent next to the tourist board in Wengen (attendance required – prizes will only be awarded to those who are present)

Ride down the mountain: with the skis or with the chairlift from the Lauberhorn to the kleine Scheidegg and back with the train to Wengen.


Highlights for spectators

  • Always on top of the action with the help of our emcee
  • Start: Lauberhorn finish area 10:30 a.m.
  • Hot spots for spectators: Start, finish area, Hundsschopf
  • Prizes awarded in  beginning at the tent next to the tourist board in Wengen about 3:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE!! The first athletes are expected at the finish at around 11.05 a.m.


When What Where
Saturday, 24th of March
14.00 – 18.00 check-in Tourist Center
Sunday, 25th of March
07.30 – 09.45 check-in Tent behind Tourist Center
10.15 Race briefing in the start area – attendance is mandatory Innerwengen – Startzone
10.30 start for speed-devision in 1st block, rucksack-devision in 2nd block  Innerwengen – Startzone
10.50 first participants pass Hundschopf Wengernalp/Hundschopf
11.05 arrival of first participants Start-house Lauberhorn-race
from 12.00 Party in the village of Wengen Tent behind Tourist Center
12.15 cutoff Minschkante Wengernalp/Hundschopf
13.30 cutoff finish Start-hut Lauberhorn-race
15.00 Prize ceremony Tend behind Tourist board
18.10 last descent Sessellift Lauberhorn Top Stadion Lauberhornlift
18.31 last descent with Wengernalpbahn Stadion Kleine Scheidegg



Registration starts: Autumn 2017
Registration Wengen Vertical Up



  • Registration deadline: 20.03. at 8 p.m.
  • You can withdraw from the race up to 4 weeks prior to the race date – after this, the registration fee cannot be refunded !