X-Alpine

Distance

140 km

Dénivelé+

9300m D+

The X-Alpine is changing! The organisers are giving new imputs to the race, with a balanced km-gradient ratio.

The start is at 22.00 from Verbier, the first ascent leads you to La Pierre Avoi and then downhill to Sembrancher. From there the route wanders through a number of small mountain villages to Champex, then moves on towards the Cabane d’Orny which marks the highest point of the race (2826m), among the glaciers. The race continues, passing through La Fouly, the Lacs de Fenêtre, the legendary Col du Grand St-Bernard, the Col des Chevaux and the Col de Mille.  The run to Panossière in its majestic setting is the most beautiful part of the race. All that remains is to climb the famous 1200m wall before crossing the finish line in Verbier.

 

  • Trail maps and cut off times

  • Start

    Verbier
    8th July 2022
    10:00 pm

     

  • Qualifying points for UTMB World Series

    The X-Alpine is in the 100 miles category and is now a qualifying race for the UTMB 2023 ballot.

  • Rules

  • Subscription conditions and running stones

    Min 20 years old during the year of participation.
    X-Alpine is limited to 700 runners.

    4 UTMB points are required to participate to the X-Alpine.
    They must have been achieved within 3 years before your subscription in a maximum of 2 races. All races that used to be
    qualifying races for UTMB are valid. Other races can be considered on request.

    The X-Alpine brings 4 running stones.

  • Numbers withdrawal and briefing

    On Friday 8th July 2022 in Le Châble (Espace St Marc) between 10:00 a.m and 21:00 p.m. with your identity card.

    Take then the opportunity to visit our Trail exhibition with several running brands who propose special discount on this occasion.

  • Busses timetable

    Le Châble (Salle St Marc) Fr. 21:10    Verbier 21:30

    Other busses timetable to come.

  • Mandatory equipment

    Basic Kit

    • Backpack destined to transport obligatory equipment throughout the race.
    • Mobile phone:
      the runner must be reachable at any time before, during and after the race: keep the phone on, airplane mode is prohibited.We recommend to download the LiveRun application.
    • Personal beaker 15 cl minimum (bottles or flasks with lids are not accepted).
    • Minimum 1.l water reserve.
    • 2 torches in good working order
      Recommendation: 200 lumens or more for the main torch.
    • Survival blanket of 1.40m x 2m minimum.
    • Whistler.
    • Self-adhesive elasticated bandage which can serve as a bandage or strapping (minimum 100 cm x 6 cm).
    • Food reserve. Recommendation: 800kcal (2 gels + 2 energizing bars each of 65g ).
    • Jacket with hood which will withstand bad weather in the mountains and made with a waterproof* and breathable** membrane (see description at the end of the chapter)
    • Cap or bandana
    • Additional warm second layer : a warm second layer top with long sleeves of a weight of a minimum of 180g (men’s size medium (M)) OR the combination of a warm long sleeved underwear (first or second layer) of a minimum weight of 110g (men’s size medium (M)) and a durable water repellant windproof jacket*.
    • Waterproof over-trousers
    • Identity card

    If you choose to take poles with you, you must carry them throughout the whole race. It’s however permitted to replace a broken pole on any aid station.

    Cold Kit: (you will be informed if needed)

    • Long-legged trousers or race leggings OR a combination of legging and socks which cover the legs completely
    • One pair of warm gloves
    • A long sleeved hotter sweater instead of the 180g sweater.

     

  • Dropped bag

    A personal bag can be left on the starting line in Verbier. You’ll find it back in Bourg St Pierre and it will be taken back to the post office in Verbier. The repatriation delay depends on logistic organisation and can’t be guaranteed before the end of the race.

    You can also leave a deposit bag in Verbier that will stay there till your arrival.

  • Permanent marking

    A permanent marking of the X-Alpine (old 111km race) allows you to discover the trail on a multi day trip. It consists of white signs with an X-Alpine sticker.

    But don’t get it wrong, it’s not a guarantee of security and you still go on your own responsibility. The route is between 700 and 2,700 m in altitude so it is highly recommended to get informed on the mountain conditions. The best season is from mid-June to end September, when there isn’t any snow or at least not too much. To have the necessary hiking material is compulsory.

  • Results (2009-2021)

    All results here