Skeleton World Cup in Winterberg, © Kosecki

World-Class Winter Sports

Com­pet­i­tions in bobsleigh, skel­et­on, luge, ski jump­ing, and biath­lon

While top-class sports are offered in tra­di­tion­al loc­a­tions, such as the bobsleigh track and ski jump in the wintry Hoch­sauer­land re­gion, a foot­ball sta­di­um in the Ruhr re­gion trans­forms in­to a winter sports ven­ue every year as well. All events guar­an­tee best sport­ing per­form­ances and good en­ter­tain­ment.

High performance, challenges, and hopes for a title are essential in the snowy Sauerland region when the international sports elite meet at various World Cups in Winterberg. Bobsleigh & skeleton participants take to the artificial track, which counts among the most modern and technically demanding ones world-wide. Men and women compete in the two-person bobsleigh and skeleton as well as in the four-person bobsleigh on the competition days. When the new year commences, the ice channel is at the focus once more: Following the December event, the world’s elite will meet for another Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup in January. 

Young luge talents get the opportunity to show their skills in late January: The Luge Junior World Cup is the third occasion that invites winter sports fans to travel to Winterberg. Competitions in single-seater junior, double-seater, and team relay will take place here. Another crowd magnet is added is added to the mix this winter as well: In 2024 Winterberg will be the venue for the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships.

Adjacent Willingen is known for international ski jumping competitions. The small town makes a regular appearance on the top jumpers’ World Cup schedule. Five World Cup decisions are scheduled for the Mühlenkopfschanze in January.

Biathlon at Schalke: Long distance shots that aren’t football

The Biathlon World-Team challenge on Schalke is already traditional. It may be Germany’s most unusual winter sports event, too. Every December, the football stadium turns into a cross-country skiing track and shooting range. Footballers are replaced by the top biathletes competing in mixed teams on the 1.3-kilometre cross-country loop.

The Neuss ski hall provides the snow necessary for optimal winter sports conditions in Gelsenkirchen. It can even be used to make snowballs, as is proven by the best international snowball-throwing teams that are going to compete for their own world cup title in the winter village in front of the arena with several hundred fir trees from the Sauerland, mulled wine stands, and stalls.


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Willingen is known for international ski jumping., © Wintersport Arena Sauerland, Siegerland Wittgenstein e.V.
Bob-Duo Romy Logsch and Cathleen Martini, © Dietmar Reker
Bobsleigh in the Veltins-Eis Arena in Winterberg, Sauerland., © Bobbahn Winterberg
Willingen ski area in the background the Ettelsberg tower, © Wintersport Arena Sauerland, Siegerland Wittgenstein e.V.
Biathlon in the football stadium in Gelsenkirchen, © FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e.V.

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