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.

Program

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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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Presentación de la Val d’Aran by UTMB®

La nueva prueba de trail running en el corazón de los Pirineos tendrá lugar los días 3, 4 y 5 de julio de 2020 ha sido presentada hoy durante la semana de la Ultra-Trail® du Mont-Blanc.

Durante la presentación, se ha desvelado el recorrido de la Val d’Aran by UTMB®, que se compone principalmente de 3 carreras que discurren exclusivamente por la Val d’Aran, con Vielha como epicentro: Torn dera Val d’Aran de 160 Km y 10.500 d+ ; Camins de Hèr de 101 Km y 6.400; y Peades dera Aigua de  55 km y d- 3.100 d+ / 3.900 d-.

Val d’Aran by UTMB® es uno de los nuevos eventos creados por UTMB® International, en colaboración con InAran Sports, y el apoyo del Conselh Generau d’Aran. Será el 5º evento de la familia UTMB®, uniéndose a otros destinos emblemáticos y turísticos especialmente atractivos para los trail runners que desean explorar el mundo: UTMB® Mont-Blanc, Gaoligong by UTMB®, Omán by UTMB® y Ushuaia by UTMB®.

Como en todos los demás eventos “by UTMB®”, los finishers de la Val d’Aran by UTMB® podrán, desde la primera edición del evento, recoger las “Running Stones” y obtener una inscripción directa para la carrera UTMB® Mont-Blanc de su elección sin tener que pasar por el sorteo, válida durante un período de 4 años.

Las inscripciones se abrirán exclusivamente en la web de Val d’Aran by UTMB® a partir del 7 de octubre a las 12:00 horas. Estarán abiertas hasta el 1 de junio de 2020 o hasta que se acaben inscripciones. Habrá condiciones especiales para los primeros inscritos. Se ofertarán un total de 4.000 plazas entre todas las distancias.

Junto con las carreras que formarán el evento se celebrará el Baqueira Beret Trail Festival. Con base en el Pla de Beret, durante el sábado 4 de julio por la mañana se celebrarán diferentes carreraspara todas las edades; desde infantil a junior, todo acompañado de diferentes actividades outdoor.

También tendrá lugar la salida de la PDA de 55 km, y se espera que el primer corredor de la VDA pase por el Pla de Beret (que será base de vida) hacia las 8 de la mañana. Por tanto, será un lugar ideal para que los acompañantes y público en general se acerquen al altiplano de Beret para ver pasar a sus corredores y aprovechar, de paso, todas las actividades que se ofrecerán.

Las carreras

Torn dera Val d’Aran (VDA)

La carrera reina, equivalente a la UTMB®, que da una vuelta circular a todo el valle. Empieza y termina en Vielha, pasando por las montañas, valles y zonas más espectaculares de la Val d’Aran, así como por sus pueblos típicos encaramados a la montaña. Un recorrido con muchos matices y que no dejará indiferente a nadie.

La gran variedad paisajística nos recuerda a los cuatro elementos de la naturaleza: AIRE, por las vistas aéreas del techo del Pirineo; TIERRA, por las minas y su larga historia; AGUA, por la cantidad de lagos, y FUEGO, por la cultura aranesa, donde el fuego juega un elemento clave en sus celebraciones.

  • Datos: 160km 10.500m D+, 10.500m D-
  • Salida: viernes 03/07/2020 a las 18.30h
  • Previsión primer corredor: 22 horas
  • Consta de 17 avituallamientos (3 de ellos bases de vida)
  • Todos los finishers obtienen las Running Stones necesarias para acceder a UTMB®, TDS®, CCC® o OCC.
  • Máximo 1.500 corredores

Camins de Hèr (CDH)

Camins de Hèr, o Caminos de Hierro, es la carrera equivalente a la CCC®. Saliendo de Les, población emblema de la Val d’Aran muy implicada con el trail running y las actividades outdoor, recorre los “últimos” 101km de la VDA. La plaza del Haro de Les acogerá la salida. Arranca hacia el Valle de Toran, una zona muy salvaje que es una explosión de naturaleza.

Después de recorrer más de 1.000m de desnivel positivo, se produce un cambio radical de paisaje donde desaparecen los árboles y los colores se transforman de verdes intensos a tonalidades rojizas. El agua marcará el último tramo de 50 km. El circo lacustre de Colomèrs, el mayor del Pirineo, acogerá esta parte del recorrido con el paso por cerca de 20 de sus lagos alpinos.

  • Datos: 101km, 6.400m D+, 6.100m D-
  • Salida: viernes 03/07/2020 a las 8.30h en Les (Baish Aran)
  • Previsión primer corredor: 12 horas
  • Consta de 10 avituallamientos (dos ellos bases de vida)
  • Todos los finishers obtienen las Running Stones necesarias para acceder a TDS®, CCC® o OCC.
  • Máximo 1.400 corredores.

Peades dera Aigua (PDA)

Peades dera Aigua, o Pisadas de Agua, es la distancia más corta, y recorre la última parte de la gran vuelta a la Val d’Aran. Sale del Pla de Beret, un punto clave de la estación de Baqueira-Beret, donde también se celebrará el Baqueira Beret Trail Festival. Esta rápida carrera que pondrá a prueba las piernas de los corredores se caracteriza por una gran cantidad de lagos y ríos a las puertas del Parque Nacional “d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici”.

  • Datos: 55km, 3.100m D+, 3.900m D-
  • Salida: sábado 04/07/2020 a las 6.30h en el Pla de Beret.
  • Previsión primer corredor: 6 horas
  • Consta de 6 avituallamientos.
  • Máximo 1.000 corredores.

Para seguir las novedades y disponer de más información:

  • Project Manager (prensa): Clara Gibert prensa@aranbyutmb.com +34 660 544 375
  • Director de evento: Xavier Pocino xavi@aranbyutmb.com +34 662 593 005

También disponéis de información en nuestra página web www.aranbyutmb.com y en nuestras redes sociales: Facebook (Val d’Aran by UTMB®), Instagram (@aranbyutmb) y Twitter (@aranbyutmb). En nuestro canal de YouTube (Val d’Aran by UTMB®) se puede visualizar el video de presentación de la prueba.

Torisme Val d'Aran at the Montblanc Ultra-Trail Show

he Val d’Aran, through the organization of Val d’Aran by UTMB® and Foment Torisme Val d’Aran, participates this year in the Salon Ultra-Trail®, an event dedicated to open-field racing. This event starts today and runs until 30 August in Chamonix.

This event, in which some 30,000 visitors are expected, is part of the promotional actions of the Val d’Aran by UTMB®.

The village of wooden houses will be installed a few metres from the start of the UTMB® on the Place du Triangle de l’Amitié. Among the different races that make up UTMB®, there are 10,000 trail runners of more than 100 nationalities.

The Aran Valley will share a stand with the other two international “by UTMB®” racing destinations in China and Oman.

Val d’Aran by UTMB®

Val d’Aran by UTMB® is the new trail running event in the heart of the Pyrenees. The first edition, which will be held on 3, 4 and 5 July 2020, will be part of the international circuit of the Ultra Trail® World Tour.

The complete route and registration details will be announced during its official presentation during the Ultra-Trail® du Mont-Blanc week and in the Aran Valley on 4, 5 and 6 September in Vielha, Salardú and Les, respectively.

Foto: Val d’Aran by UTMB

FEDME camp in the Val d'Aran

Next Sunday 25 August, the 73rd FEDME CAMP will begin, which this year will take place in Val d’Aran. During one week, more than 250 participants coming from all over Spain will be able to enjoy 20 hiking routes and ascents to the most emblematic areas of the Valley, accompanied by a team of mountain guides.

Montardo, Ratera, Lagos de Colomers, Artiga de Lin, Montcorbison and Beret will be some of the routes. An astronomical observation is also planned every night in the 1500 car park in Baqueira. For the youngest, a children’s camp has been organised, directed by specialised monitors, where they will take part in all kinds of nature and sports activities adapted to their age. On Saturday 31 will be held a popular march through the villages of Naut Aran, which will end with a meal in Salardú as the end of the camp.

The center of activities will be located in Salardú and in the afternoons in the sports center will take place a program of Conferences and Projections on security by FEDME. Likewise, the geologist and nivologist Jordi Gavaldà, will lecture on winter safety and avalanches. The new artisan beer factory of Val d’Aran, REFU, will offer a tasting of beers, and we will enjoy a conference and projection of the Pou brothers on their latest national and American land climbs.

The Camp is organised by FEDME, the Club Alpí Aranès and the company Guías de Camins. It is sponsored by the Conselh Generau d’Aran, Foment de Torisme Val d’Aran and the Ajuntament de Naut Aran, and has the collaboration of the Ajuntament de Vielha, Baqueira-Beret, REFU, Taüll Organics and other entities and companies of the Val d’Aran.

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"Hèt a man, hèt aciu", new edition of the artisan fair

The Val d’Aran Crafts Fair “Hèt a man, hèt aciu”, which is held from 8 to 11 August in the Paseo de la Libertad in Vielha, offers different activities related to the world of crafts in which all attendees can participate.
Visitors will be able to visit the stands to buy typical Aranese products and enjoy the workshops and demonstrations.
The fair is organised by the Conselh Generau d’Aran with the collaboration of Foment Torisme Val d’Aran, the Town Council of Vielha e Mijaran, the Association of Artisans and Artists of the Aran Valley, producers of the guarantee brand “Productos de la Val d’Aran”, Som Pirineu and the Association of Rural Houses in the Aran Valley.

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