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Apr 04

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Patrouille des Glaciers

In three weeks’ time the toughest ski mountaineering race in the world kicks off in Switzerland.  Patrouille des Glaciers is a race from Zermatt to Verbier, following the route of the famous Haute Route.  It has it’s origins in WW2 when Swiss mountain troops were training to defend the South Eastern area of the Swiss Alps.  Today the race is run in two versions, the full route and the short route from Arolla to Verbier.  However, even the short route is 26km as the crow flies, and with 1881m of climbing and 2341m of descending, considerably further on the ground.

We’ll be bringing more information about this famous competition, so keep your eyes on snowgenius.com.

Some friends of snowgenius are competing in the PdG this year to raise money for Walking With The Wounded.  If you want to donate to this worthy cause please click here.

 

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