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Horn sled races have a very long tradition in Switzerland. Originally, the horn sled was an important working tool for farmers, an indispensable winter vehicle to transport hay from higher elevations to the main farm in the valley.
Today hay is transported by tractors during the summer season, and horn sleds got a new lease on live as sports equipment. The sled takes its name from the runners, reminiscent of horns.
Daring teams of two and more (women and men) descend at breakneck speed of up to 90 km/h (60 mph) and compete fiercely for the first place. Accidents are prone to happen, and daredevil maneuvers and crashes are part of the fun. Of course, one always prays for a good outcome.
Fans and spectators cheer the participants and are in for a fun and entertaining day. At the end, there's always a party with plenty of food, drinks and folk music.
Please note: Sometimes, races have to be postponed due to not enough snow or very bad weather conditions. Please contact the tourism offices of the villages to make sure the sled race will take place on the announced date.
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