Inside View

Evionnaz: Employees Master Spectacular Alpine Ski Run

Pauline Raspail, Project Manager: Passionate for the mountains in summer and winter

Christophe Dorsaz, Security Manager: A love for sport in general.

Ludovic Gremaud, Head Process R&D Drug Substance: Passionate for mountain and alpine sports.

The first run was carried out in 1984, now the Patrouille des Glaciers returns every second spring. This is about one of the best known runs in ski mountaineering in the Swiss Alps and connects Zermatt with Verbier across the Haute Route. It is organized by the Swiss Army. Each run includes participants from the military, civilians, professionals, visitors, all of them more or less well-trained, Swiss and non-Swiss, aiming to master the snowed-­under route between the two towns in the Canton of Valais. The Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG) consists of two different routes: The “big” route from Zermatt to Verbier and the “small” route from Arolla to Verbier. Three Siegfried employees participated in this run and finished the Course A route.

PdG 2018 in short:

  • Some 1600 participants started in favorable weather conditions 
  • 1312 steps were formed by the Swiss Army in the Rosablanche mountain corridor 
  • The Italian team Antonioli/Eydallin/Boscacci (2544) came in first at 05:35:17 on the big route
  • A marvelous event owing to the unusual snow and climatic conditions
  • This year it was a safe bet to meet Siegfried Evionnaz employees at the start


The Patrouille des Glaciers (PdG) is an international ski mountaineering race organized by the Swiss Armed Forces in which military and civilian teams compete. In all categories it is mandatory that the team leader registers four team members, one of whom is the only substitute in the team.

Course A: 
Start: Arolla
Finish: Verbier
Distance: 26 km
Power kilometers: 53 km
Altitude difference: +1881 m, –2341 m

Course Z: 
Start: Zermatt
Finish: Verbier
Distance: 53 km
Power kilometers: 110 km
Altitude difference: +3994 m, –4090 m