For most of the year, Samnaun is but a sleepy little town. Yet on the last weekend in November, it steals Lapland's reins by staging ClauWau, aka the Santa Claus World Championships. Some 100 pseudo-Father Christmas…
During Schlittéda, lads on flamboyant horse-drawn sleds whisk girls (to their delight or dismay) on rides through the snow to neighbouring villages. Celebrations continue in the evening with the Schlittéda Ball.
Expect to wake up early on this day in the Engadine as children enact an ancient custom to chase away winter. There's lots of noise, including chanting, cowbells and whip cracking.
St Moritz hosts the notoriously gruelling Engadine Ski Marathon, when cross-country skiers race 42km from Maloja to S-chanf.
Windsurfing marathon plus the Swiss Windsurfing Championships on Lake Silvaplana.
The frozen lake is the centre of attention for the Snow Polo World Cup.
Jockeys saddle up for horse races on ice at the White Turf.