Interneige 1978

Entrants Winter 1978:
Switzerland (CH) • France (F) • Italy (I)

Presenters of International Heats / Commentators:
Georges Kleinmann (CH)
Guy Lux, Simone Garnier and Claude Savarit (F)
Ettore Andenna and Claudio Lippi (I)

International Referees:
Gennaro Olivieri and Guido Pancaldi

Produced by SSR-SRG-TSI (CH), A2F (F), RAI (I)

 

Key:
Winter International Heats
 
l = Qualified for Winter International Final / l = Heat Trophy Winner
Winter International Final
l = Winter International Final Trophy Winner

F

Interneige 1978

Heat 1

Event Staged: Monday 20th February 1978, 11.15am
Venue: Pentes de Ski (Ski Slopes), Tignes, France

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Saturday 25th February 1978
originally scheduled for Sunday 19th February 1978, 1.50-2.55pm (Live)
RAI Uno (I): Sunday 26th February 1978, 3.20-4.45pm
RTP (P):
Sunday 26th February 1978, 5.15-6.15pm
Antenne 2 (F):
Saturday 18th March 1978, 6.00-6.55pm
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Cold and Dry

Theme: Skiing Through the Ages

Teams: Haute-Nendaz (CH) v. Tignes (F) v. Limone Piemonte (I)

Games: The Parallel Slalom (interspersed), The Gallic Urns, The Roman Ski Lifts, A Medieval Tournament, The Dice Shakers, Lucky Luke and the Daltons and The Tignes 25th Anniversary Cake Slices.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points Scored
(Teams scoring double points shown in red)
CH 1 1 2 2 3 1
F 2 3 2 6 2 4
I 6 4 3 1 2 3
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
CH 1 2 4 6 9 10
F 2 5 7 13 15 19
I 6 10 13 14 16 19

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
1st

3rd

 F • Tignes l l

 I • Limone Piemonte
 CH • Haute-Nendaz

19
19

10

Additional Information

The staging of this heat was postponed from its original recording date of Sunday 19th February 1978 due to poor weather conditions, and was recorded the next day instead. This meant that SSR's intended schedule had to be changed as they were the only broadcaster that was transmitting the winter series live. To return to the live schedule, SSR added this heat to their Saturday schedule on the 25th February, airing the second heat live on the following afternoon.

With the exception of this heat, scoreboards in the 1978 Interneige did not include team names, just the country they were competing for.

Despite teams from Portugal not taking part in the series, Portuguese broadcaster RTP transmitted Interneige under the title, Brincadeiras brancas - Jogos na neve. This translates into English as 'White Games - Games in Snow'.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in European Archives

 

CH

Interneige 1978

Heat 2

Event Staged: Sunday 26th February 1978
Venue: Pentes de Ski (Ski Slopes), La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Sunday 26th February 1978, 1.50-2.55pm (Live)
RAI Uno (I):
Sunday 5th March 1978, 3.20-5.10pm
RTP (P):
Sunday 5th March 1978, 5.35-6.35pm
Antenne 2 (F):
Saturday 25th March 1978, 6.00-6.55pm
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Cold and Dry

Theme: Swiss Traditions

Teams: La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH) v. Luchon-Superbagnerès (F) v. Ponte di Legno (I)

Team Members included:
Ponte di Legno (I) - Giacomo AImoni, Antonio Beltracchi, Rosa Benicchio, Beatrice Calini, Maffeo Ferrari, Fridiano Donati, Guido Donati, Lino Giacomelli, Piero Lorati, Piera Maculotti, Isabella Maculotti, Sandra Maculotti, Giulietta Maifredini, Mario Pedretti, Alberto Posabella, Arturo Sandrini (Team Captain), Domenica Sandrini, Gigi Zamboni, Floriano Zampatti.

Games: The Parallel Slalom (interspersed), The Swiss Grand National, The Skiing Cows, The Emmental Cheeses, The Hands of the Clock, The Abominable Snowman and The Wolf and the Lamb.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points Scored
(Teams scoring double points shown in red)
CH 4 4 3 3 2 3
F 1 1 2 1 3 2
I 3 3 2 4 2 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
CH 4 8 11 14 16 19
F 1 2 4 5 8 10
I 3 6 8 12 14 16

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd

 CH • La Chaux-de-Fonds l l

 I • Ponte di Legno
 F • Luchon-Superbagnerès

19
16

10

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

At the beginning of this programme, BBC TV presenter Stuart Hall made a guest appearance at this heat to welcome Swiss presenter Georges Kleinmann.

Returning Teams and Competitors

Twelve members of Italian team Ponte di Legno - Giacomo Aimoni, Antonio Beltracchi, Beatrice Calini, Fridiano Donati, Guido Donati, Isabella Maculotti, Piera Maculotti, Sandra Maculotti, Giulietta Maifredini, Mario Pedretti, Domenica Sandrini and Floriano Zampatti - participated again in 1979 when the team returned in the Winter series.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in European Archives

 

I

Interneige 1978

Heat 3

Event Staged: Sunday 5th March 1978
Venue: Piste da Sci (Ski Slopes), Moena, Italy

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Sunday 5th March 1978, 1.50-2.55pm (Live)
RAI Uno (I):
Sunday 12th March 1978, 3.20-4.45pm
RTP (P):
Sunday 12th March 1978, 5.30-6.30pm
Antenne 2 (F):
Saturday 1st April 1978, 6.00-6.55pm
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Cold and Dry

Theme: Martians Invade the Slopes

Teams: Crans-Montana (CH) v. Pra-Loup (F) v. Moena (I)

Games: The Parallel Slalom (interspersed), Plates of Spaghetti, Huskies and Sleds, Plucking the Hens' Tails, The Candles on the Cake, Hockey: Not on Ice... but Snow, and Everything Out and Then Everybody In...the Igloo.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points Scored
(Teams scoring double points shown in red)
CH 1 1 4 2 2 4
F 2 4 1 1 1 1
I 6 3 3 6 6 3
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
CH 1 2 6 8 10 14
F 2 6 7 8 9 10
I 6 9 12 18 24 27

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd

 I • Moena l l

 CH • Crans-Montana
 F • Pra-Loup

27
14

10

Presenters, Officials and Production Team

A great costumed heat from Italian games designer, Popi Perani. Games at this heat featured huskies, eskimos, giant hens and some enormous strands of spaghetti.

Returning Teams and Competitors

Italian team Moena returned in 1980 and participated under the name of Moena di Fassa.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in European Archives

 

CH

Interneige 1978

Winter Final

Event Staged: Sunday 12th March 1978
Venue: Pentes de Ski (Ski Slopes), Haute-Nendaz, Switzerland

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
SSR (CH-French):
Sunday 12th March 1978, 1.50-2.55pm (Live)
RAI Uno (I):
Sunday 19th March 1978, 3.15-4.45pm
RTP (P):
Sunday 19th March 1978, 5.20-6.25pm
Antenne 2 (F):
Saturday 8th April 1978, 5.00-5.55pm
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Cold and Sunny

Theme: The Legend of Valais

Teams: La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH) v. Tignes (F) v. Moena (I)

Games: The Parallel Slalom (interspersed), The Gold from the Rhône, The Soup Ingredients, The Bell Ringers, St. Michael and the Devils, The Deserter, The Head-Locked Cows.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points Scored
(Teams scoring double points shown in red)
CH 1 3 2 3 4 2
F 4 4 3 4 1 6
I 3 1 2 1 3 1
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
CH 1 4 6 9 13 15
F 4 8 11 15 16 22
I 3 4 6 7 10 11

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd

 F • Tignes l

 CH • La Chaux-de-Fonds
 I • Moena

22
15

11

Additional Information

On the final game, one of the two Swiss competitors’ cows violently struck the wooden stable that was used as part of the finishing line. The stable consequently collapsed on impact, causing great hilarity amongst the presenters and competitors. However, referee Gennaro Olivieri was not so impressed and was somewhat riled by the situation. Somehow he got the competitors to regain their composure and realise the mess that they had been made of the playing area.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in European Archives

 

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