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Season with lots of snow and more skiers at Baqueira Beret

Season with lots of snow and more skiers at Baqueira Beret

The Val d’Aran and Valls d’Àneu ski resort ended winter 2017-2018 on Sunday 8 April with an increase in the number of skiers it hosted compared to last season. The station opened the winter very early on Saturday 18 November and closed it on schedule to total 142 days in operation with 887,000 skiers.

The 2017-2018 season will be remembered as one of the best ever at Baqueira Beret. Overall there have been 63 days of snowfall with total depths before grooming of up to 10 m, twice as much as last season. In a nutshell, a tremendous winter which made it possible to open the resort a week earlier than planned on 18 November, with depths of up to 50 cm on the runs and almost 140 km of runs already open by the time of the December double bank holiday. The resort has outdone the figures achieved in 2016-2017 by almost 80,000 skiers.

Easter in style at Baqueira Beret

Easter in style at Baqueira Beret

Over 90,000 skiers had a great time at the Val d’Aran and Valls d’Àneu resort between Saturday 24 March and Sunday 1 April. The weather was changeable but all the skiable kilometres and ski lifts were available on most days during the Easter holidays.

An unusual Easter due to its winter temperatures led to exceptional snow quality at Baqueira Beret and depths that instead of decreasing continued to grow high up in the mountains to reach 3 metres.

 

Italian Sara Pellegrini and Frenchman Jean Tiberghien win the Pursuit events in the cross-country skiing OPA Continental Cup Finals at Baqueira Beret

Italian Sara Pellegrini and Frenchman Jean Tiberghien win the Pursuit events in the cross-country skiing OPA Continental Cup Finals at Baqueira Beret

On Sunday, the last of the three days of the FIS OPA Continental Cup Finals at Beret, Sara Pellegrini, who won yesterday’s Distance event, and Frenchman Jean Tiberghien have taken the winners’ spots on the podium for the Pursuit.

The Spanish team achieved two top 20 places with Imanol Rojo finishing 18th in the 15 km freestyle pursuit and the young María Iglesias coming 20th in the Under-20 10 km event.

 

The classic Distance races in the cross-country skiing OPA Continental Cup Finals at Baqueira Beret have been won by Sara Pellegrini from Italy and Ueli Schnider from Switzerland

The classic Distance races in the cross-country skiing OPA Continental Cup Finals at Baqueira Beret have been won by Sara Pellegrini from Italy and Ueli Schnider from Switzerland

After Friday’s Sprint, on Saturday 17 March the Val d’Aran and Valls d’Àneu resort hosted the distance event featuring a spectacular mass start as the second of the three races in the OPA Continental Cup finals. Basque Imanol Rojo, a member of the Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation (RFEDI) team, came 23rd in the men’s category.

From 16 to 18 March the Baqueira Beret resort is the venue for the finals of the OPA Cup (also known as the Alpen Cup) in which 140 elite European cross-country skiers, 12 of them Spanish, are taking part.


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