News in Baqueira Beret for the 2019/20 season

The Val d’Aran ski station offers more kilometres, gastronomy and fun fort he 2019-2020 season

Baqueira Beret, the Val d’Aran seki station, has announced a winter full of new developments designed to improve the skier’s experience. Among the main updates for the 2019-2020 season, skiers will now enjoy the new Eth Coret run which brings the resort to 167 km, extensive renovation to dining facilities, improved snow production, the ski pass with BaqueiraPASS advantages and the new app.

167 kilometres of slopes

Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy more kilometres this winter thanks to a new red slope at Baqueira Beret: Eth Coret. It starts at the bottom of the Baciver ski lift and goes all the way to Orri. With a distance of 1,496 m, it provides a comfortable connection from the Baciver area to Orri alongside spectacular views of Cara Nord de Baqueira.
Meanwhile, specific areas of the resort were updated over the summer: the Peülla, Pleta del Duc, Cap a Baqueira and Debutants runs have been redone, taking advantage of the snowmaking system. Likewise, runs in the Baciver area and improvements to the Terrain park located in Beret have been completed.
With a total of 112 marked runs and 3 off-piste runs, the total distance will be 162 km of marked runs and 5 km off-piste. In total, 167 skiable kilometres are spread over an area of 2,273 ha.

50 new snowmaking machines

Baqueira Beret has expanded the snowmaking area on the Bonaigua, specifically on the Debutants and Cap a Baqueira runs and at the access to the Tuc de la Llança ski lift and the Pleta del Duc and Peülla runs. This enhancement translates into a total of 50 new snowmaking machines to guarantee snow in key areas of this section. Currently, the total number of snowmakers stands at 710, with the capacity to cover half of the resort’s slopes.

BaqueiraPASS

BaqueiraPASS is the new Baqueira Beret ski pass card that offers skiers greater comfort and convenience by adapting to their needs. Its main advantade is that you can add credit for a whole season or for a few days and it is not necessary to come in person to one of the booths.

Dining

Baqueira Beret is much more than a ski and snowboard resort, thanks to a wide culinary offer that is perfect for all palates, even the most discernible. Visitors can enjoy 25 restaurants and cafés on the slopes, 5 of which are themed and emanate authenticity.

Technology

A new app (available for Android and iOS) has been created with enhanced features, including geolocation, a new 3D trail map and the option of booking at the resort’s restaurants. The daily Trail Preview has also been updated, making it easier to read.

Events

At the international level, the U16 OPA-Alpen Cup alpine ski competition will be held from 11 to 13 February. Here, visitors can witness future World Cup talents. A night-time show in collaboration with Audi e-Tron LEDs will also be held on 28 December as the Christmas holiday season is in full swing. Lastly, the Movistar Spain snowboard cross, ski cross, slopestyle championships will be held in Beret from 27 to 29 March with the best riders in Spain going for gold.

Autumn livestock fairs in the Val d'Aran

During the first fortnight of October, and coinciding with the arrival of autumn, various festive days on animals and trade are held in the main Aranese towns, which show one of the activities of the Val d’Aran, livestock, the main sector until several decades ago.

Livestock fairs commemorate the descent of cattle from the mountains to be confined to the stables. This event, which today attracts hundreds of professionals, curious people and tourists, began more than a hundred years ago to show the autochthonous cattle used by farmers in the Aranese fields. Today it has a more commercial and festive air with the parallel organization of artisan markets and traditional popular events, in addition to the livestock exhibition.

Les, 6 october

The Les Agricultural and Livestock Fair is one of the main events held in the village, along with the Spring Fair in May and the Purísima Fair in December. In addition to a craft market, a mountain breakfast is offered in the morning.

Salardú, 7 october

The origins of the Salardú Cattle Fair go back to the time when the village farmers sold the animals that had just come down from the mountains. Nowadays, in addition to the sale and exhibition of horses, sheep, cattle and goats, it has the participation of traders of all kinds of products. In the morning there will also be a popular breakfast offered by the Ajuntament del Naut Aran.

Vielha 8 october

Traditionally, the Vielha Cattle Fair put an end to the fairs, since a few years ago the Bossòst Fair. It celebrates the XXII Concors de Bestiar, a popular breakfast, craft market, and various activities.

Bossòst, 2 november

For the past couple of years, the autumn fair in Bossòst has changed its date to coincide with Era Mongetada, which is held in early November. During the exhibition the best sheep, goats, cows and horses from all over the region are presented. On the same day, various exhibitions of agricultural and livestock traditions also take place in the village.

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Mycological workshop on the use of mushrooms

The XIII Mycological Conference of Val d’Aran, focused this year on the use of mushrooms throughout history, takes place from 12 to 15 September. The aim of the activities that will take place is to show the great mycological richness of the country, as well as to make known other aspects such as the uses of mushrooms.

The conference is organised by the Conselh Generau d’Aran, with the collaboration of the Catalan Mycology Society and the Les Town Council. The activities, all related to the collection and study of mushrooms, include field trips, dissemination in schools and technical day with the participation of members of the Catalan Society of Mycology.

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Era Hèsta Vielha, Aranese capital's main festival

The main festival of the Aranese capital will take place from 7 to 11 September, although the town will begin to warm up two days before, with two days of sports in which various competitions will take place on 5 and 6.

On Saturday 7 a ginkama will officially open the festivities in a day with holi festival, parades and dinner Nèt de Penhes to close the day. The acts will continue during the following days with procession, dances, games and competitions, popular meals, shows and exhibitions, concerts… to end Wednesday night with the traditional fireworks display.

Programa

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