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‘Zermatt to Verbier’ is the first short film by Faction Skis of the 2020-2021 season. And it is absolutely worth seeing.
Four faction athletes set out for a ski tour from Zermatt to Verbier, Switzerland. The result? This movie.
The duo follows the route made famous by the Patrouille des Glaciers ski touring race, an opening race that was first held in April 1943 by soldiers of the Swiss Army. The 80 km route usually takes 3-4 days, but Pro-Skimo racers finished the race route in just 5 hours 35 minutes.
The route leads from Zermatt via Arolla to Verbier: the first 53 km have an altitude difference of 3,994 m and the next 27 km an altitude difference of 1,881 m. The peak is over 3,600 m. In short, it’s a lot of gain, a lot of skinning, and a lot of views.
“The breathtaking ski lines abound [in the Swiss Alps] Those are the lines that phoned our cast last spring, ”Faction wrote. The four ski touring athletes also all come from Zermatt or Verbier and show appreciation for the local terrain.
“The patrol is a mythical alpine route with a unique history,” said skier and guide Sam Anthamatten.
Faction calls his film an “amalgamation of world-class talented skiers”. There’s insane drone footage, shocking descents, and a brief history lesson on how ski touring in the area came about. The full film premiere will take place on Tuesday, November 24th.
Read more about the film premiere on Faction’s blog here.
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