ALPSinsight is an inspiring resource for people seeking the highest quality mountain sport experiences in the Alps. Our content is a boutique of curated trips and ideas from industry professionals and specialists. The goal is to share our knowledge about trail running, cycling, ski touring, climbing and hiking so you can have an experience of a lifetime.
For those familiar with the Alps, the information we provide for all our trips is meant to help you decide what you would like to do. But for those not familiar with the ways of the Alps, we can connect you to our network of professional guide services and tour operators. We also offer private trip planning consultation and have two holiday homes for rent in the Interlaken area.
For trail runners, ALPSinsight is the most detailed and comprehensive information available for the Swiss Alps and Chamonix with over 100 runs detailed, including our own creations, the Via Valais and Via Grischuna.
For cyclists, we launched a sister site: Switchback, the Alps' road and gravel biking guide.
As a Collective, we are a team of professional mountain sport content providers for the outdoor industry, editorial & commercial clients, brand partners, and destinations seeking the highest quality services for producing their own custom content.
As a full time mountain nomad since the late 80's, Dan's resume includes dirtbag climber, Alaskan commercial fisherman, and starting in 1997, professional mountain sport photographer. Since then, Dan has been producing mountain sport content for global commercial & editorial clients: National Geographic, Patagonia, Swiss Tourism, Black Diamond, The North Face, REI, Mammut, Gore-Tex, Strava, Suunto, Outdoor Research, Outside, Runner’s World and many more. For clips, click here.
In 2015, he launched ALPSinsight to share his American enthusiasm for his new home mountains, the Swiss Alps. Along with Janine Patitucci and Kim Strom, the team produced the Run the Alps Switzerland guidebook and established the Via Valais and Via Grischuna both Swiss Alps trail running grand tours. In the US, they produced Sierra Trail Runs : A Guide to the Eastside.
Based in Interlaken, Switzerland, Janine has been a professional mountain sport & travel photographer for 20 years. As half of PatitucciPhoto, she has worked with the outdoor industry's biggest brands for commercial and editorial assignments. Janine is the route designer of most every run found in Run the Alps Switzerland. Her nickname, among others, is "Add On" thanks to her continual desire to include extra peaks and extensions on every run. She's not fast, but she can go forever.
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Kim is a passionate trail runner, writer and photographer. Along with the Patituccis, she produced the Run the Alps Switzerland guidebook, and co-founded ALPSinsight: The Alps Mountain Sport & Trail Running Resource, the Via Valais, and Sierra Trail Runs : A Guide to the Eastside. Her work has appeared for Black Diamond, Patagonia's Cleanest Line, Runner’s World, Trail Runner, Outdoor Research, Swiss Tourism, Trail Running UK, Outdoor Magazine, SkiAlper, and mote.
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Born in Switzerland, Alain has been riding his bike in the Alps since he was 12. In a previous life, he raced at an elite level and worked 20 years for the UCI, the world’s cycling governing body.
In 2014 he decided to leave the corporate world to become a professional bike bum. An ambitious career change that sees him work as a guide, photographer, writer and consultant for Switzerland Tourism, Alpes Vaudoises, Scott, Apidura, Strava, CyclingTips, Vélo Magazine, Grand Tours Project, Chasing Cancellara and more.In 2019, he will lead ALPSinsight’s new road and gravel biking spin off.
With his wife Lillie and their son Ben, Alain lives in Gryon, in the French speaking part of the Swiss Alps.
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Get to know Dan & Janine Patitucci and Kim Strom as they work in the Alps developing trail running tours