Patrouille des glaciers 2022, a splendid challenge for our client MSO

Michael Vuilleumier

Michael Vuilleumier Designer · User Experience & Interface July 2024

Under special conditions, and despite a postponed start due to the weather, this is it! On Wednesday, April 27, at 9:30 p.m., the first patrols set off in the mythical military ski-mountaineering race in the high mountains.

Official trailer – La Patrouille des Glaciers ( Copyright © 2022


A human and technological challenge

MSO, who entrusted us with the redesign of their platform, was in charge of the timekeeping for this 2022 edition, a challenge of utmost complexity. Via their blog here, discover how MSO collaborated with the Patrouille des Glaciers command, the Swiss Army, and Swisscom to take up the challenge of qualitative monitoring of the participants and their results.

The new platform, a fruitful collaboration with Apptitude


This winter’s low snowfall prompted the organizers to do everything possible to ensure safety and minimize the risks for the patrollers. To this end, more than 1,600 military and civilian personnel were mobilized to organize and accompany the participants, guaranteeing a worry-free outcome.

To ensure optimal connectivity and reliability for real-time monitoring of the patrols, Swisscom installed a temporary 4G mobile network along the entire route.

Connectivity in these extreme conditions was therefore a crucial challenge not only for the timing with MSO but also to guarantee safety, to accomplish this an excellent coordination of the different organizers and the Major State of the Swiss Army telecom specialists was necessary.


A mythical path

The 2 historical routes, the first one of 57,5 kilometers starting from Zermatt and the other one of 29,6 kilometers starting from Arolla, are covered in patrol teams of 3 competitors.

This year more than 4500 participants of 35 nationalities decided to take up the challenge and join the glory of this true institution of mountain sports.

3D view of the complete track – Swisstopo.chLa Patrouille des Glaciers © copyright 2022


MSO & Apptitude on

Our collaboration with MSO was the subject of a case study published in Microsoft’s Customer Stories that highlight the technical and ergonomic challenges encountered and the solutions provided by Apptitude, Silicom Group, and Azure Cloud Services.

The transition from the old system to the new platform had to be done without any degradation of the user experience while allowing thousands of users to register and view the results of different races simultaneously.

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Learn more about La Patrouille des Glaciers

Discover the officiel website of La Patrouille des Glaciers here.

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