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Patrouille des Glaciers: experience it through your mobile phone

The Patrouille des Glaciers, the toughest mountain races in the world, will take place from 25th to 28th April 2012. The start is in Zermatt, and the race continues to Verbier via Arolla. The overall height difference amounts to around 12,000 metres. New feature: the progress of the alpine ski race can be followed with the help of an app for smart phones.

The Patrouille des Glaciers is held every two years and takes place over a distance over approximately 55 kilometres; the stretch includes a total of 5,275 metres of ascent and 6,431 metres of descent. For several weeks now, athletes in top form can be seen rushing through the village of Zermatt in their aerodynamic suits, with ski-touring skis strapped to their shoulders, and their gaze firmly fixed on the mountain. It’s high time for last-minute training sessions.

Smartphone app available to all
In order to be able to keep track of the approximately 4,500 participants broken down into 1,500 trios, the Swisscom app with the name “Patrouille des Glaciers“ can be downloaded on a personal Smartphone. The app enables enthusiasts to obtain information on the route and on the rankings. The latest news on the favourite teams is available in real time. Thanks to the virtual cowbell, the app is also quite useful for cheering on the teams on the spot.
Starting times in Zermatt
Wednesday, 25th April 2012:
Initial start of the Patrouille des Glaciers, at the church square: 9 p.m., followed by starts every hour until 1 a.m.

Friday, 27th April 2012:
Second start of the Patrouille des Glaciers at 9 p.m., followed by starts every hour until 3 a.m.

Saturday, 28th April 2012, Start of the favourites:
Start of the favourites, 3 a.m. This includes the start of the Zermatt defending champion and record time holder (5:52:20 h) team with Martin Anthamatten, Florent Troillet and Yannick Ecoeur.

Starting times in Arolla and Verbier
Thursday, 26th April, start at 3:00 a.m., followed by starts every half hour until 6 a.m.
Saturday, 28th April, start at 3:00 a.m., followed by starts every half hour until 6 a.m.

Thursday, 26th April, finish of the first patrol teams expected from about 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, 28th April, 4 p.m.: publication of the results and prize ceremony.

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