On this page you will find all the practical information about the Hohsaas 12-hour Challenge. Do you still have questions after going through all these points? Then contact the organization!
Each participant must purchase a starting license, which can be done here. The starting license costs €100 per person and this includes: gondola use, breakfast and lunch during during the 12-hour Challenge. After purchasing a starting license, you will be contacted and given a special action page to crowdfund.
Ski pass with discount
Would you like to ski some extra days in Saas Grund or Saas-Fee before and/or after the 12-hour Challenge? All registered participants of the 12-hour Challenge receive a 10% discount at the Bergbahn Saas-Grund ticket office and in Saas-Fee at the AlpinExpres ticket office.
Please note that participants in the 12-hour Challenge will arrive on Friday, March 24, without a ski pass until the middle station for the rider briefing (at 2:30 p.m.). If you want to ski that day, you will need to purchase a ski pass at the ticket office.
During the 12-hour Challenge it is also possible to book accommodation on the mountain. This way you can take a break during the challenge. After the briefing on Friday afternoon at the middle station, all participants go back to the village to wait for the challenge to start. If you choose an accommodation on the mountain, you go there directly after the briefing. You can have dinner there and get some sleep, before you can hit the slopes at 22:30.
Participants of the 12-hour Challenge, who do not want to book accommodation on the mountain, can stay in the restaurant during the night. Or you can go dancing with the DJs who, again at the gondolas (middle station), provide fat beats all night long. There is also a separate area at the middle station where you can lie down for a while; bring a mat and sleeping bag for this.
Below is a list of accommodations with which the organization has made a price arrangement for participants of the Hohsaas 12 Hour Challenge. You can book directly with these accommodations mentioning Hohsaas 12 Hours Challenge.
On the mountain:
Berghut Weissmieshütte (NOTE: for Tour Challenge participants only):
Stay overnight on the night of March 24-25 during the challenge at the Weissmieshütte on the mountain. This costs CHF (Swiss Franc) 58 during the night of the challenge, including dinner. Breakfast is included in your Tour Challenge start license. Staying longer? You can! Other nights it costs CHF 73 per night including dinner and breakfast. Bookable via this website stating: Mentelity 12h Tour Challenge
Hohsaas Hütte (NOTE: for Distance and Fun(d)raise Challenge participants only): Spend the night of March 24-25 during the challenge at the Hohsaas Hütte. This costs CHF (Swiss Franc) 45 during the night of the challenge. Stay longer? You can! The other nights this costs CHF 60 including breakfast or CHF 83 including breakfast and dinner. Reservations can be made via: https://www.hohsaashuette.ch/ stating: Mentelity 12h Challenge
In the valley:
Pension Heino: rooms for 1, 2, 3 or 4 persons for CHF 60 per person per night incl. breakfast, for CHF 20 extra includes dinner. More information.
Montela Apartments: apartments for 2, 4, 6 or 8 people, offer: 3 nights for the price of 2 or 5 nights for the price of 4. Calculation example: 4 nights with 3 people in a 2.5 room apartment including bedding, final cleaning, tourist tax is € 205 per person. Request your offer through Montela's website, at the bottom of the page you can use the form to send your request. More information.
The Montela Apartments
Hotel Bergheimat: CHF 55 per person per night (double room or single room) incl. breakfast, CHF 72 per person including dinner. More information.
Are you curious which teams are already participating in the Hohsaas 12-hour Challenge? Would you like to sponsor someone? Or do you want to know what the action pages look like? Then take a look at the Mentelity Foundation' s special Kentaa page and donate or sign up!
Rules and safety
Race regulations will be published here around December. In terms of equipment, each participant in the 12-hour Challenge is required to wear the following:
Back protector (not required, but advised)
Front light (white, the brighter, the better)
Rear light (red, bike light will do)
Race BIB (vest, will be handed out at the briefing)
GPS tracker (handed out at the briefing)
It is possible to purchase 1 or 2 sets of lamps per team and share them within your team. Keep in mind that transferring the lamps does take some time.
Below are some important program points. The full program of the Hohsaas 12-hour Challenge will be posted here soon.
Friday, March 24
2:30 p.m.: Mandatory riders briefing at Kreuzboden restaurant (middle station)
Saturday, March 25
0:00-12:00: Hohsaas 12-hour Challenge
12:00 -14:00: Joint lunch
14:00: Prize-giving ceremony
Each participant of the 12h Challenge must sign the disclaimer before the start. You can download the disclaimer here. The captain of each team is responsible for this. Make sure the signed forms of all team members are with the organization before the start of the 12h Challenge. You can email the completed and signed disclaimers to email@example.com or drop them off at the organization during the briefing on Friday, April 24 at 14:30 at Restaurant Kreuzboden.
The Hohsaas 12-hour Challenge is organized in Saas Grund, Switzerland. Should you come with your own transportation, we advise you to take the car train Lötschbergbahn to cross the mountains between Kandersteg and Goppenstein.
You can also choose to travel to Saas Grund by train. There is also a good (direct) train connection from Utrecht to Basel; from Basel take the train via Bern to Visp. From Visp, the Postbus takes 42 minutes to Saas Grund. Total travel time then comes down to about 9:30 hours.
Do you still have a free spot in your car or looking for a place to ride along? As of January there is a whats app group for participants and volunteers of the 12-hour Challenge. Through this group you can look for carpool opportunities yourself.
The organization always monitors developments regarding the corona virus and follows the then current corona measures of Switzerland and the Netherlands. Should it be deemed unsafe for the event to go ahead, the organization may cancel the event.
We advise participants to participate only with valid liability insurance, personal accident insurance and travel insurance. If the participant causes damage to their own or someone else's property, they accept responsibility and will ensure that the organization, or a third party authorized by the organization, does not incur any damage in this regard.