The Winter Team Challenge is a team building program which includes a number of motivating and inspiring elements that promote team spirit and strengthen working relationships. In small groups, the participants compete in a variegated circuit with sports challenges and diverse other tasks where their intellectual and professional skills tested.
Everybody can participate, independent of their skills and experience or physical fitness level.
Our team events are designed in such a way that all participants are involved and motivated to do their best for the team. The program is structured in a way that everyone can enjoy it.
The proposed activities shall:
This Winter Team Challenge is a half or full day event which can be organized in most mountain resorts in Switzerland and the neighboring countries. In Switzerland, we organize this program not only in Gstaad but also in St. Moritz, Arosa, Davos, Laax-Flims, Engelberg, Grindelwald, Adelboden-Lenk, Villars, Leysin, Verbier and Crans-Montana.
The proposed program is a soft „competition“ which contains various components that require the full physical and mental engagement of all participants. The willingness to leave their comfort zones, physical fitness, mental concentration and a result oriented team behavior will be decisive on the groups’ performance and its contribution to the overall competition results of the “Nation” (structure for groups with a high number of participants). The teams compete in the following areas:
The word puzzle is the starting point of the team competition. The teams are given a series of letter groups from which they have to create short words of 3 to 4 characters each. The teams will be allowed to enter the next phase of the competition only after they have completed the full puzzle of about 20 words. At this post, the teams’ ability to use their joint Intellectual capabilities and to work with a standard methodology will be tested. It is up to the teams to decide whether the puzzle will be solved together as a team or whether each team member works individually on a set of letters. Results measured at this post is either time spent to solve the puzzle and number of correct words created in a given time frame.
At this post the participants will be equipped with snow shoes and compete in a variegated relay race. In this race, they will have to overcome some obstacles such as stairs, walls, ladders, etc. while carrying a container filled with a liquid. This container will be handed over to the next participant with as little liquid loss as possible. The liquid loss translates In minus points for the group result. At this post, the member’s physical fitness, his rapidity, his smartness and his concentration abilities will be tested. The results to be achieved are a fast completion of the race with as little liquid loss as possible.
Depending on the possibilities of the terrain we can employ different types of tools for this precision shooting. Ideally, we can use curling stones or ice sticks which have to be moved to a precise target area. Alternatives are hitting golf or tennis balls from a distance in a ring and dart shooting. Concentration and inner calm play a vital role to achieve good results in this post. The participants contribute to the team results with their respective number of hits or the total of the darts shooting marks.
This is a post where participants can demonstrate their skills as musicians. The goal is to produce a few sounds with the Alphorn, a “typical” instrument of the Swiss mountain culture. Within a time limit, each team member will have the opportunity to blow the Alphorn and hopefully succeed in releasing some tunes and thus generate some valuable points for his team’s results. This post provides an excellent opportunity for self-observation and to find out how to deal with unusual situations when under pressure while being watched by colleagues and other competitors. Results measured are the number of tunes with a certain duration produced within the given period.
This is a post for the “gourmets” in the team. Here they can prove their culinary know-how while tasting and evaluating fine food. All team members will be served a variety of different cheeses. With the support of a “multiple choice” answering sheet, the team decides which type of cheese was tasted. Only one answer per group and type of cheese is accepted. Results measured are the number of cheese types correctly identified.
By using different types of snow and fun vehicles all team members engage in a short race over a variegated terrain. Each team member decides which vehicle (sled, air board, tube, etc.) is best suited for him to participate in this race. The fastest racers (3 to max 5) will represent the team in the finals. Vehicle selection, driving technique, tactical thinking and calculated risk taking are the key success factors for getting a good result at this post. If the terrain, material availability, and snow conditions permit we can also plan a longer race in larger groups with sprint decisions.
The Quigloo is a simpler version of the classic igloo. Contrary to the task of constructing a traditional igloo we can engage a larger number of people to create this simple snow shelter. Thus, Quigloo construction becomes an excellent team building activity which requires the full involvement of all team members. The priority at this post is to shovel enough snow to build a Quigloo which can lodge a defined number of people, to make the shoveled bulk of snow consistent and to make it hollow in the shortest time possible. All skills for result oriented teamwork will have to be employed, from planning to cooperation and initiative taking. Results measured: Time spent on hollow construction work or working progress within a defined period.
Depending on the number of participants the Winter Team Challenge will be concluded with a final race. Typically this final is set up in elimination style. In the first round, all those qualified from each „Nation“ compete against each other. After this round, the losing half of the participants are eliminated. From this point onwards the remaining team members fight for the title. Depending on time and number of people selected for the finals it will take 3 to 4 more rounds until the champion and the winning teams are known. All other participants will be invited to support and applaud their team representatives in the competition area. If the terrain and infrastructure permit we will serve hot “Glühwein” and play music to support the racers and to entertain the audience (beach volley style).
The end of a winter outdoor event is usually celebrated with a fondue bash in a cozy lodge or at a rustic mountain restaurant. This typical Swiss winter meal consists of salad, dried meat from the region “Bündnerfleisch” as starters, the cheese fondue as the main course and meringues with whipped cream as desert. People usually drink white wine and black tea with this meal and a couple of “Kirschs” (a clear hard liquor made of cherries) for digestion. As the participants usually remain in the ski area after program completion, they return to the village in the night either by sled or by ski/snowboard and in some instances by cable car.