Histoire du Trail

Histoire du Trail

The oldest trail race in Europe

The Dents-du-Midi Trail is a mountain race which ranks among the oldest and most notable of trails races in the Alps.

 

You can visit the Association’s website at Tour des Dents-du-Midi

The Trail des Dents du Midi is the oldest mountain race in the Alps. The activity– a push around the entire range in a day– was created by the Swiss Army in order to train troops in the early 1960s. The Trail des Dents-du-Midi is a pioneer in the world of trail racing– an ultra-marathon that has been taking place for over 40 years. The first official race took place in 1967. Over the years, DDM, as it is now known, has become quite popular.

The Tour du Dents-du-Midi was first attempted in 1961. An event was created in 1962 by Fernand Jordan, and the Ski Club of Daviaz organized an event in 1963. These mountains have had the honor of hosting the first high mountain World premiere. In 1968, in view of the success of this competition, a study was made of the possibility of a more formal route around the Dents-du-Midi range.

Today, the trail race runs along the paths of the Tour des Dents-du-Midi, in an environment lined with unique landscapes around a majestic alpine site and on mountain paths that invite you to join a nature of absolute purity. The landscapes of the Dents du Midi with an unusual panorama will accompany you throughout the race. Lakes, waterfalls, torrents seem to dispute your admiration with forests, stones and alpine pastures.

Visionaries important for the development of tourism in the Alps are at the origin of this project. These entrepreneurs found private funds and financed the Tour with the Migros cultural service. They obtained passage permits, constructed ten kilometers of trail and renovated 32 and a half. They marked the roads, studied the marching times and fixed the stages with their refuges; The tour was ready for use! In 1972, the hiking trail “Tour des Dents-du-Midi” was inaugurated.

At the bend of a path, you will be surprised by the whistling of a marmot, the airborne leaps of chamois, ibexes, a delicate fragrance of a flower and the deep silence that reigns in our mountains and all It will eventually convince you of the enchantment of the Dents-du-Midi massif.

From 1961 to today:

  • Course test in 1961 et 1962
  • First edition in 1963, a mountain and trail spirit before hand
  • Inauguration of the footpath in 1973, 44 km of an unique alpin path
  • Today: 57 km of a mythical alpine trail path

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