In this epic new film, the Faction Collective pay homage to the Patrouille des Glaciers, following the route not to race, but to uncover a unique history, explore the stunning mountain peaks along the way – and ski big lines.
In the 1940’s, Swiss Army captains Rodolphe Tissières and Roger Jean Bonvin had the idea to test their soldiers’ mettle
by hosting a high-alpine foot race. They chose a route between Zermatt and Verbier — part of the famed Haute Route. In 1942, the first Patrouille des Glaciers took place, with a dozen troops. The fastest time was just over 12 hours.
In modern day, the race is open to the public. Competitors clock times as fast as 5.5 hours thanks to state-of-the-art touring equipment and the spirit of the Patrouille driving them to push the limits of speed and endurance.
The Faction team spent several days tracing the Patrouille route, emphasising big-line skiing and a rich experience over the
speed of the Patrouille race.
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