Episode 16: Clau Wau - The World Championship of Santa Clauses
You know by now that we love fancy dress and prizes. With Santa Claus you get all of that in one fantastic bowl-of-jelly package. But you may be asking how the heck is this a competition?
Well it’s called the Clau Wau and it happens every year to kick off the ski season in Samnaun, Switzerland. In their search for the best Santa Claus team in the world they put Santas through such events as sleigh racing, chimney climbing, reindeer rodeo, gift giving, running under a big hat. As you do.
Of course the degree of difficulty is ramped up and they do it on snow, so there is actually quite a high level of athleticism involved. Add fun and merriment. A great way to kick off the holiday season.
We start with Bernard Aeschbacher the head of the tourism board in Samnaun, and he gives us some background on the Clau Wau.
Oliver and Jessica Prinz are competitors who have competed numerous times over the years and they give us the scoop on events and how to rodeo reindeer.
And we wrap it up with Michael Gämperli who is the current world champion! He gives us some pointers on how to win.
Get your Santa outfits packed up and let’s head to Swizerland!