The great trail of the Swiss Alps, X-Alpine is definitely an alpine trail and a real challenge for confirmed trail runners.
Two main uphills will harden the beginning , passing by the top of Catogne (2598m), with a breath-taking view and by the Orny hut (2826m), by a glacier. La Fouly is roughly in the middle of the route and from there a new adventure starts. Leading the runners by the famous Col du Grand St Bernard, through several villages and pastures and also up the last 1200m ascent to La Chaux, called “the wall” by runners.
Maximum time: 35h
Verbier, Place de l’Ermitage,
3rd July 2021
1 :00 and 4 :00 a.m.
Choose your starting time correctly to avoid being stopped at the first aid stations or by the cut off times.
First start: Saturday 01:00 am. Runners claiming to finish in 30 hours or more.
Second start: Saturday 04:00 am. Runners claiming to finish in less than 30 hours.
First check points openings:
Sembrancher (km 11.6): 02:35 a.m.
Alpage de Catogne (km 17.5): 03:55 a.m.
Watch out, any runners who cover Verbier-Sembrancher in less than 1 hour 35 will be stopped at the first check point if they start at 1:00 am.
Every finisher will get 5 ITRA points.
Fees : CHF 167.-
Min 20 years old during the year of participation.
4 ITRA points mandatory to subscribe to X-Alpine.
X-Alpine is limited to 550 runners.
On Friday 2nd July in Le Châble (Espace St Marc) between 2:00 and 20:30 p.m. with your identity card.
The briefing for all races is from 17h45 to 18h15.
Take then the opportunity to visit our Trail exhibition with several running brands who propose special discount on this occasion.
Bus to reach the second start: (There is no bus for the first start)
Departure time / Sa 03:00
From : Le Châble gare – Verbier
Arrival time : 03:25
- a minimum of 1 liter of water
- two head lights in working order
- rescue blanket
- elastic adhesive tape for bandaging or taping an injury (min 400cm x 4 cm)
- waterproof jacket with a hood resisting harsh mountain weather conditions
- second layer: long sleeved sweater, at least 150g. (combination of T-shirt and armbands not accepted)
- personal cup for the aid stations (min 2dl)
- mobile phone (working and turned on).
- 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 pants or running leggings (minimum covering the knee, women tights not allowed)
- one pair of gloves (latex, plastic or similar material gloves are not allowed)
- a hot long sleeved sweater instead of the 150g sweater
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.
The TVSB authorizes to accompany an X-Alpine runner during the last part of the race, from Bourg St Pierre to Verbier. The supporter will only be allowed to give a moral support to the runners. They are not allowed to feed or help the runner in his progression, nor to cary him any material. They can access the aid stations but the organization decline any responsibility in case of an accident of the pacer.
Going with a runner is not accepted on the other races.
A permanent marking of the X-Alpine 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.