Val d'Aran by UTMB®, new trail-running test in the heart of the Pyrenees


Val d’Aran by UTMB®,

the new international trail running event to be held in the Spanish Pyrenees will be developed as a long-term collaboration between UTMB® International and InAran Sports, with the collaboration of Conselh Generau d’Aran.

The organisers have confirmed that the race, the first edition of which will be held the 3rd of July, will be part of the UTMB® labelled international events, integrating from 2020 onwards the new international ultra-endurance trail running circuit born from the recently signed partnership between UTMB® and the Ultra-Trail® World Tour, whose calendar will be presented this summer.

The inaugural edition will take place over several distances in the spectacular setting of the Aran Valley, in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees.

“The Val d’Aran will offer its renowned hospitality to welcome runners and their families. This will be a unique opportunity to showcase our territory, a territory that may seem small in size but represents the largest mountains. The event will be a discovery of the territory for many people and for Val d’Aran it will be a new occasion and an important step to enrich its summer offer. In recent years, Val d’Aran has been a successful host for international and world-class sporting events, including the Mountain Skiing and Snowboarding World Cup, and the arrival and departure of the Tour de France,” said Carlos Barrera, Sindic of the Conselh Generau d’Aran.

“We are delighted to bring such a prestigious and well-known event to the Val d’Aran and look forward to welcoming Spanish, French and international runners to our breathtaking mountains. The venue has incredible potential to be a leading trail running destination and we will work closely with the UTMB® team to offer participants a unique experience,” added Xavier Pocino Moga, CEO of InAran Sports.

Trail running has become a very popular sport in Spain, with a large number of races taking place every year in the country, runners from all over the world flying to Spain to enjoy the sport and a large representation of Spanish runners at the UTMB® Mont-Blanc event, which is a clear indication of the type of welcome the Val d’Aran by UTMB® will receive, and which will be part of its great success.

“The UTMB® brand means much more than just a race. All UTMB®-supported events are organised to the highest standards of quality, offering challenging courses in the mountains and an extraordinary experience and journey for both runners and fans in iconic destinations,” said Catherine Poletti, Director of UTMB® Mont-Blanc.

“This new event in the heart of the Pyrenees allows us to further enrich the UTMB® offer in terms of terrain diversification, presenting a new and impressive mountain route, different from the alpine, with a strong characterisation” added Michel Poletti, co-director of the UTMB®.

Val d’Aran by UTMB® will be the 5th event of the UTMB® family, joining other emblematic and tourist destinations particularly attractive for trail runners who wish to explore the world: UTMB® Mont-Blanc, Gaoligong by UTMB®, Oman by UTMB® and Ushuaia by UTMB®.

As in all other “by UTMB®” events, the finishers of the Val d’Aran by UTMB® will be able, from the first edition of the event, to pick up the “Running Stones” and obtain a direct entry for the UTMB® Mont-Blanc race of their choice without having to go through the draw.

“We are delighted to add the Val d’Aran by UTMB® to our calendar, an event that will show everyone the best known side of the Pyrenees mountain range and that will bring added value to the world of trail running. This event is in line with the general objective of the UTMB® to develop prestigious events open to all on all continents. Welcome aboard Val d’Aran”, added Rémi Duchemin, CEO of UTMB® International.

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3ª Val d'Aran Walking Festival

From 5 to 12 July the third edition of the Val d’Aran Walking Festival will take place, the great hiking event of the Val d’Aran. Walkers and nature lovers from all over come every year to enjoy the landscapes, culture, heritage and gastronomy of Aran. A team of professional guides is in charge of leading the routes through emblematic places.

In this third edition, 27 mountain hiking routes of different levels and routes have been designed, and 5 thematic hiking routes, one of which is by night. The packages include all the services and activities of the Festival and can be for the whole week, 5, 4, 3 days or a weekend.

Among the excursions there will be no lack of classics to such emblematic places as the Colomers Lakes, the Historical Route of Port de Vielha, the Camin Reiau that links the villages of the Valley, or stargazing.

The excursions will be combined with cultural visits to the Romanesque heritage and ethnographic museums of the Val d’Aran. There will also be gastronomic tastings of local products as well as tasting of artisan beer in Bossòst, and other typical drinks of the Val d’Aran.

At the beginning of the linear excursions, transport will be provided from the meeting point in Vielha, as well as taxis on the excursions in the National Park. In the circular type excursions, the access at the beginning of the excursion is done with the own car.

The Festival is sponsored by Foment de Torisme Val d’Aran, Conselh Generau d’Aran and Ajuntament de Naut Aran. It has the collaboration of the Town Councils of Vielha, Bossòst and Les, craftsmen and producers of the valley and various sports companies. IDAPA is also among the collaborators.

Download here the program of the Val d’Aran Walking Festival 2020

Information and reservations:

CAMINS – Telefonos: 973,64.24.44 – 616.33.56.91

Avenida Pas d’Arro, 5 – Bajos.

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Carnival in the Val d’Aran

From next Thursday and for more than a week, the Val d’Aran opens the ban on wildness with the popular festival of Carnival, Magràs.

All kinds of carnival events will take place in different locations, from the most traditional ones, such as those of Les and Canejan who remember ancestral customs, to the most innovative ones like Baqueira and Vielha, which include original activities.

In the Val d’Aran the Carnival is denominated Magràs, term Aranese that includes the totality of the party. In some towns of the valley also it receives other names like Barbacàs in Canejan or Titassi in Les. Dances of costumes, rúas, comparsas and parades take place in this pagan festival where reigns the audacity, the mockery and the satire

Barbacàs in Canejan, the most traditional carnival

Recovered in 2004, the festival of Barbacàs de Canejan, is the most traditional of them all. In the afternoon the young people of the town, dressed in fur suits, parade through the streets of Canejan holding torches to frighten the evil spirits. Emulating the Barbacans, dressed in animal skins and horns and calves tied at the waist that sounded as they passed through the streets.



In the origins of the Barbacàs, all the people participated in this parade, but especially the shepherds, disguised in furs and scandalizing with the calves as they passed through the streets. At present, in addition to the parade of torches, the festival includes the performance of the Corbilhuèrs de Les, after which the Magrás is burned. The evening ends with a dinner and a popular dance.

Titassi or days of juerga in Les

Historians say that the carnival festivities in Les, called Titassi, began with the Candelera. From that day and until the end of the carnival the young people of the town went out in the evening to walk the streets making a big fun and entering the houses to get some food with which they later celebrated a dinner. At the end of the festivities they had managed to assault all the houses of the town without being recognized since they had their faces covered.

A popular dinner and a masked ball in the Multipurpose Hall of Les next Saturday 22 will remember this old custom.

Baqueira,disguising in the snow

The ski resort of Baqueira Beret has also adapted its special idiosyncrasy to this celebration, and its Ski-Rally Photographic disguises that will take part on Saturday the 22th is already mythical. Participants should take a picture disguised in each of the beacons of Carnival distributed in different corners of the station and that must locate through the instructions provided by Radio Aran. A fun day that ends with a party in Baqueira Bar 1500 with music, cava, chocolate and coca.

And also in Vielha is prepared a Hèsta de Magràs will be held on Saturday the 22th in the  Palai d’Esports.

Source: Grup d’arxivers de Lleida


Festa de la Neu, the Pyrenees' leisure and sports days


The Val d’Aran will be the scene of the first major “Festa de la Neu”, a festival organized by the CEC (Centre Excursionista de Catalunya) around winter sports. It is a day of fun, training and sport with activities for all ages and levels: snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, mountain skiing, courses, children’s activities, family activities and competition.

The event will take place from 28th February to 1st March in Salardú (Pla de Beret, Bagergue and Baqueira), depending on the activity. The most important events include the 62è Ral-li d’Esquí de Muntanya of the CEC and the 2nd Marxa Popular d’Esquí de Muntanya dels Pirineus.

Participants in the Festa de la Neu will be able to arrange transport, accommodation and meals with a professional kitchen service. There will also be exclusive discounts on Baqueira Beret ski passes.

Other activities

  • Ski mountaineering: outings organized by volunteers
  • Snowshoeing: outings adapted to all levels: expert, initiation, family.
  • Nordic skiing: outings for adults and families with different itineraries and levels of difficulty.
  • Activities for children: snow games, igloos and winter techniques with monitors.
  • Activities for families: specific outings for families.
  • Training: introductory courses to ski mountaineering and initiation to alpine skiing.
    Alpine skiing and snowboarding.

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Gastronomic experience: Okra Omakase from Max Levy in Eth Restilhé


From the hand of the masters Max Levy, chef of Okra Hong Kong and of the Aranese chef Carlos Sanllehy, this gastronomic experience will show the universality of a culinary technique and of products of great quality capable of fusing to take out the best of each culture. They will be joined by the exclusive list of Okra Sake chosen by Izaskun Escribano, who will elevate the experience by showing the world that this Japanese drink marries perfectly with the ingredients of our land.

The event will be held on February 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11 with two shifts of 10 guests per night. There will be additional seats during Sunday lunch for up to 10 people. Reservations can be made through the following link.

Max Levy’s connection with the Val d’Aran begins in 2013, when he was guest chef at Era Mongetada. Since then he has become a fervent admirer of the valley and the local products of this land with which he has experimented with his own culinary technique that has given him a truly unique vision of sushi.

Located in Garòs (Naut Aran) and run by the Sanllehy Caubet family, Eth Restilé combines the best of Aranese culinary tradition with raw materials of the highest quality. Most of them are produced in our own factory, following the precepts of proximity, tradition, quality and modernity.

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Download here the leaflet  Okra Omakase from Max Levy in Val d’Aran.


Exhausted the registrations for the la PDA de la Val d’Aran by UTMB®

José Miguel Muñoz / Val d’Aran by UTMB®

Peades dera Aigua (PDA) has exhausted its 1,000 bibs available over 5 months to celebrate the first edition of Val d’Aran by UTMB®, which will be held between 3 and 5 July 2020. The short event, which awards 9 Running Stones to its finishers, has seduced by its 55km of mountain, its start at a higher altitude than the finish and its route through the Naut Aran mountains.

After the UTMB® draw held just a few days ago, the other two distances of the event, Torn dera Val d’Aran and Camins de Hèr, already have more than 70% of participants. The first gives 18 Running Stones, giving direct access to UTMB®, CCC®, TDS® or OCC® and the second provides the ticket for CCC®, TDS® or OCC®. Registration is still open and can be done through the website until June 1, 2020 or until all available places are sold out.

The event is part of the new international trail running circuit born from the recently signed partnership between UTMB® and Ultra-Trail® World Tour. As with all other “by UTMB®” events, the finishers of Val d’Aran by UTMB® will be able, from the first edition of the event, to collect the Running Stones, the corresponding ITRA points and obtain a direct registration for the UTMB® Mont-Blanc race of their choice without having to go through the draw.

Jordi Gamito joins the family of Val d’Aran by UTMB® becoming the ambassador of the event. On the other hand, Polar, a reference in sports technology and leader in heart rate monitoring, also joins the event as an Official Sponsor, and Arch Max, a company specializing in sports accessories, has become the new Official Supplier of the event.

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Marxa Beret 2020, registrations continue at a good pace

Registration for the 41st Marxa Beret, to be held on 1 and 2 February at Baqueira Beret, continues apace. Those who register through the event’s official website before 15 January will benefit from significant discounts.

However, those who arrive late will still be able to do so online until 30 January, and in person on 1 February at the Salardú Welcome Centre. After the last snowfalls, the long-distance circuit where the 41st Marxa Beret will take place is in perfect condition.

The events

The Marxa Beret is one of the most consolidated Nordic ski races in Spain, with more than 1,000 participants from all over Europe every year. This popular march has become the Nordic ski festival.

Online registration is now officially open and must be done through the Marxa Beret website until 31 January. Face-to-face registration will take place at the Shelter House in Salardú on 1 February. It should be remembered that the registration fee will increase as the date of the event approaches.

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Polar Sound Festival, snow and music in Baqueira Beret

On 20 and 21 December, Baqueira Beret will host Polar Sound, a new experience for lovers of skiing, mountains and good music. The festival was born to entertain the mountain sport in all its expressions with live bands of top artists, visual shows, performances, happenings, gastronomy and much more.

Polar Sound offers a perfect opportunity to welcome winter and celebrate the love of music and skiing with friends before returning home for Christmas. The Val d’Aran ski resort will host concerts by some of the top artists on the Spanish music scene, such as Izal, Hombres G, Miss Caffeina, Ramon Miravet, Guitarricadelafuente, Varry Brava, Luigi Nieto and Ardiya.

They will be in charge of offering a weekend of unforgettable concerts in the incomparable setting of the Aranese mountains and the ski resort of Baqueira Beret.

Get to know the program, schedules and details of the festival at this link: Polar Sound Festival