Patrouille des Glaciers

Legendary ski touring race from Zermatt to Verbier

Zermatt at the bottom of world-famous Matterhorn is the starting point for probably the most prominent ski touring race in the world: the Patrouille des Glaciers. It was first introduced by the Mountain Brigade of the Swiss Armed Forces in 1943 as a way to test soldiers’ fitness.
Those wanting to start the toughest Alpine ski touring race do not just need ironman-like fitness and excellent skiing skills, they also need to be very familiar with the Alpine terrain.


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