Point of interest 

Finishing line of the Lauberhorn race

With good imagination you can see spouting snow and cheering or disappointed people: here is the summer green finish arena of the Lauberhorn ski race. This world cup ski race is one of the most traditional and spectacular race in the Alps. The competition, which is held since 1930, is mainly known for the men's downhill. On the 4.5 km long course the skiers reach today speeds of up to 160 km/h. The Lauterbrunnen valley with its hilltop villages is one of the pioneering centers of skiing: One of the first ski clubs of Switzerland was founded in  1904 in Wengen. Here took place as well the first Lauberhorn race in 1930 and in Mürren  the first Alpine Ski World Cup in 1931. The first ski lift in the Bernese Oberland was built in 1937 at the Schiltgrat - it was at that time the third such facility in Switzerland.