How does one get to the start? What are the time limits for each course? How should one wear one’s race number? How many refreshment points are there during the race? What equipment should I wear? What happens at the equipment check? All these questions are answered below.
You’ll find detailed race information in the Patroller’s Guide. In case of doubt, please refer to the Patrouille des Glaciers regulations.
The PdG command provides accommodation for competitors for the hours preceding the races from Zermatt. Additional nights in hotel rooms booked by patrollers prior to the race must be paid directly to the hotel concerned before departing from the premises. If the race is postponed by one day, the extra night is included in the registration fee.
Patrollers of races departing from Arolla can use the Evolène – Région platform to book accommodation on a “first come, first served” basis. The number of places is limited and the PdG command has no additional accommodation capacity.
Patrols departing from Arolla are required to use the assembly and control point in Sion, where bib distribution and start checks will take place. The three-runner patrol formation is valid for these patrollers from Sion.
Please try as far as possible to arrive in Sion by public transport. On race day, a shuttle service will be organised between the Sion CFF station and the Place d’Armes in Sion, six hours before the first start.
A limited number of parking spaces are reserved at the Sion barracks for those arriving with their own vehicles. A loading and unloading area for people not leaving their vehicles on site is also provided at the Sion barracks.
The time limits for getting to and arrival in Verbier are defined independently of the start time. All patrols failing to pass the checkpoints within the time limit will be stopped and disqualified and must follow the instructions given by the PdG command.
The following time limits apply to the route from Zermatt:
|6h30, apart from Z2 start at 03:00
|Combe du Pas de Chèvres
The following time limits apply to the route starting from Arolla:
|Combe du Pas de Chèvres
The Combes du Pas de Chèvres checkpoint must be reached within 1 hour 45 minutes of leaving Arolla. Patrols exceeding this time limit will be disqualified.
Patrols must pass through all checkpoints in groups, with bibs visible: one on the bag, one on the helmet and one on the right thigh.
Each patroller must be in possession at all times of a valid form of identification (no photocopies), to be presented on request when collecting race numbers or on the course.
At the end of the race, patrollers may keep their race numbers.
The Patrouille des Glaciers provides patrollers departing from Zermatt with the following refreshments: a meal in a designated restaurant́ in Zermatt on the evening before the race, refreshments at the stations in Arolla and La Barme, and a meal at the finish in Verbier in the big tent.
For races starting from Arolla, the Glacier Patrol Command provides patrollers with a meal in the big tent in Arolla the evening before the race, a breakfast/snack in the big tent in Arolla before the start, refreshments at the La Barme station, and a meal in the big tent on arrival in Verbier.
Each patrol is advised to bring its own personal refreshments for during the race. However, assistance from third parties for the personal provision of refreshments for patrollers is authorised in the sectors defined below:
During the race, patrollers must wear uniforms adapted to high-altitude conditions, as well as equipment that meets the requirements of a prolonged stay at high altitude and extreme temperatures.
During the prize-giving ceremony, patrollers must wear official PdG garments. These will be distributed at the material check.
During the race, patrollers must wear their country’s official uniform, as well as high-altitude equipment that meets the requirements of a prolonged stay at high altitude and extreme temperatures.
Patrollers must wear their country’s official uniform during the prize-giving ceremony.
During the race, patrollers must wear clothing suitable for high-altitude conditions, as well as equipment that meets the requirements of a prolonged stay at high altitude and extreme temperatures.
At the prize-giving ceremony, patrollers should preferably wear the official PdG clothing distributed at the equipment check, or appropriate civilian clothing.
The official PdG garments (vest, pullover and t-shirt) will be made according to the measurements in the table below. In case of doubt, we advise you to take a larger size.
The equipment provided by the PdG command consists of a cell phone, three electronic chips, a 1:50,000 map and nine bibs.
Shared equipment per patrol consists of a rope (min. 8.5 mm in diameter and min. 30 m long), a compass and altimeter, a spare pair of anti-slip skins, a spare pair of polarised sunglasses and a first-aid kit containing plasters, elastic bandages and painkillers at the very least.
Each patroller’s individual equipment includes skis, bindings, poles, a pair of hiking boots, a rucksack with ski attachment points, anti-slip skins, an avalanche beacon, helmet, polarised sunglasses, snow shovel, snow probe, ice axe, survival blanket, harness and headlamp.
For the upper body, we recommend wearing a long-sleeved thermal first layer, a windproof and breathable second layer with thermal padding, and a hooded mountain jacket; with a hat, a pair of gloves covering the hands to the wrists and a second pair of thermal gloves.
For the lower body, we recommend wearing a thermal layer (pants or ski suit) and windproof, breathable mountain over-trousers.
The Patrouille des Glaciers organises two advance equipment checks in addition to the patrol registration checks. One member of the patrol is welcome to present all three patrollers’ personal material and equipment for inspection and marking.
Additional equipment checks will be performed at the start of the race, on the actual course and at the finish. It is the patrol’s responsibility to check/test compulsory equipment before coming to the checks.