One thing is certain, the Patrouille des Glaciers, in short, PDG, is something very special. For ambitious ski mountaineers it is nearly expected that you will have participated once in your life. The course follows the world renown “Haute Route” from Zermatt to Verbier over 53 kilometers (33 miles) and 4,000 meters of vert (13,123 feet). The race’s distance, the high Alpine terrain, as well as the historic background contributes significantly to the legend of PDG.
The PDG took place for the first time in 1943 as a performance race for Swiss military patrols. In 1949, there was an unfortunate fatality during the race which prompted the Swiss Department of Military to forbid further races. Nevertheless, the PDG was never totally forgotten. Unofficially, the legend was continued in the valleys of the canton of Lower Valais for more than 30 years until it finally was time – the reinstatement of the PDG was perfect. Since then no ski mountaineer’s race calendar can be without this event. Every two years, the best athletes match up with each other on the course from Zermatt to Verbier. So what in fact moved us to take part in the PDG 2018?