Patrouille des Glaciers Preparation Course

The Patrouille des Glaciers (also known as PDG) is probably the biggest ski mountaineering race in the world. The PDG is an international military ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss Army, but it's also open to civilian patrols (teams of 3 skiers). The PDG is considered to be one of the toughest ski mountaineering race of the world! The race takes place every 2 years, between Zermatt and Verbier (in Switzerland).

Price from
480€ /person
Participants
3 min to 6 max
Period
Jan to Apr
Duration
2 days

IMP: If your dates don't fit our courses, please contact us and we'll find a personalised solution for you and your team!

So now that you have been chosen to race the Patrouille des Glaciers (also known as PDG) you must prepare it and you must be physically and mentally fit for the biggest ski mountaineering race in the world.

As you must know, the PDG is an international military ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss Army, but it's also open to civilian patrols (teams of 3 skiers). 53km and 4000m D+.

The PDG is considered to be one of the toughest ski mountaineering races of the world! The race takes place every 2 years, between Zermatt and Verbier (in Switzerland).

One of the things that you must know, is that several members of our team have done more than 3 times. We know the course really well and we know all the ups and downs, the acclimatization importance, the technical gear, etc.

Our "PDG Preparation Courses" take all this in consideration. Our main goal is to get you ready for the PDG day, in a way where you can enjoy and profit from the race and the views/landscapes that you'll traverse!

Duration of the race: this is a "tricky" point, because it will depend of your level of fitness, your experience and your acclimatization. But this is a point that we'll have in consideration in our "PDG Preparation Courses", how to prepare your mind for a 8-12h effort.

Our "PDG Preparation Courses" touch essentially 3 areas:

  • the technical aspects: how to use the gear, how to ski roped in with your team partners, the transitions, etc;
  • the acclimatization: get your body ready for the high altitude;
  • the physical/mental fitness: the PDG can be a very long race, your body and mind will have ups and downs. You must be prepared to manage them!

Day 0:

Possibility to meet the day before for a drink in Chamonix to check conditions, equipment... 

Day 1:

We'll meet in Zermatt in the morning around 8am. The exact time will be decided and arrange according to where you come from with your guide when you book. It i possible to arrange the transfer with the guide from Chamonix (car + train). 

We'll do the 1st stage of the PDG, we'll start climbing to Tête Blanche and then we ski down to Arolla. It will be a long day, 28km and 2000m D+. Night in Arolla on a half board basis. 

Day 2:

We'll do the end of the PDG. The first climb is on a ski slope towards the Col de Riedmatten. Then we'll cross to the Grande Dixence dam (the famous x-country ski bit of the PDG) and we'll go up to the Rosa Blanche col. Then it's a easy ski down to Verbier. 25km and 2000m D+. The trip ends in Verbier, where each of the participant must organize their trip back. 

Other Options:

We have plenty of other options to propose you. Please give us a call or send us an email and we'll find the best course for you to prepare the PDG!

For private groups, here are the prices:

  • 1 pers: 1900€ 
  • 2 pers: 1050€ /pers
  • 3 pers: 760€ /pers 
  • 4 pers: 630€ /pers
  • 5 pers: 550€ /pers
  • 6 pers: 480€ /pers

 

Period
Price
Free spots

What’s included:

  • UIAGM / IFMGA international mountain guide for 2 days. Our guides speaks fluent English and beside the safety of your group, they will make your alpine experience unforgettable.
  • Half board in Arolla (diners and breakfast included). We'll sleep in a confortable small hotel in double rooms. 
  • Collective mountain equipment (rope, carabiners,…)

What’s not included:

  • Drinks and snacks (during the day and at the hut)
  • Personal equipment (you can rent everything with our partner shop)
  • Insurance
  • Accommodation in Zermatt or Chamonix (we can help you with that if you want)
  • Transportation to Zermatt on day 1 and back from Verbier on day 2 (we can help you with that as well) 

Expert

"I've raced the PDG in 2010. It was a great and amazing experience. I never saw so many people encouraging us and supporting us in the mountains. Swiss fans are great! We took 7h30 to liaise Zermatt to Verbier, a very good and strong time. All this thanks to a good preparation and acclimatization."

Nuno Caetano, Portugal, April 2010

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