Revival of Montgomery Challenge Cup Event
In 1946 a ski jumping event was inaugurated in Gstaad under the aegis of Lord Montgomery of Alamein during one of his visits there. It became a major event of the Alpine winter sports season and was competed for regularly until 1966.
David, the present Viscount Montgomery, expressed the hope some years ago when participating in the Swiss-British Parliamentary ski week that the event could be resuscitated. Since then Gstaad has – so far unsuccessfully - been trying to realise a project for a new ski jump.
An alternative venue has now been found: in early August this year the Montgomery Cup event will be re-inaugurated at the Swiss National Ski Jumping Centre in Einsiedeln, Central Switzerland.
It will be in the framework of the FIS International Summer Ski Jumping Grand Prix 2016 and will take place on Friday, 5thand Saturday 6th August. There will be several categories, from Master to Junior (10 years and under).
Einsiedeln has a Benedictine Abbey dated from 934 AD, also Europe’s oldest stud farm and the usual Alpine resort facilities.