On Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 6:00 am, Philippe Charpier, Frédéric Besuchet and Sébastien Colsenet, three b-i employees, started the challenge of the Petite Patrouille des Glaciers - a hike on skis from Arolla to Verbier of 27 km and a bit less than 2000 m of difference in altitude.
After a quick climb to the Col de Riedmatten, where hundreds of participants formed a huge traffic jam, the small troop dashed on for 5 km flat along the Lac des Dix towards the next stop, Barama, where beverages and snacks awaited them. This strengthening was needed for the last and long ascent under an unforgiving sun to the Rosablanche (3160m), where, at the end of the 1283 steps dug by the army, a crowd of spectators gave us the strength to finish the crossing of the Col de la Chaux before a long descent to Verbier.
Once skis were removed, we still had to traverse the village of Verbier under the applause of villagers sitting in terraces of cafés. We passed the finishing line after 7:27 of racing.
Ultimately, we lived through a magnificent human experience, as we were surrounded by 4000 participants in an idyllic setting.
See you in two years for the big one!