On Monday 18 April, the Val d'Aran and Valls d'Àneu ski resort brought the 2021-2022 winter season to a close. The season, which began on Saturday 27 November, will be remembered for the positive figures that have been recorded with more than 1 million (1,033,453) days of skiing and 143 days in operation.
Baqueira Beret bids farewell to a great season sustained by good snow, good weather and a continuous flow of visitors throughout the months. After two years affected by the pandemic, the resort and the area in general have enjoyed a successful season. Snow lovers were eager to be able to slide down the slopes and this was reflected in the large volume of visitors from national and international territory.
The resort opened and closed the winter season as planned in its calendar, even keeping the entire Beret area open until the last day of the season, when it was scheduled to close on 27 March. Thanks to the first snowfalls at the end of November, which accumulated up to 40 cm, and the low temperatures that allowed snow to be produced, it has been possible to keep the ski area available to its customers from the first day. The start of the season was also marked by the Purísima long weekend with 60,000 skiers and 2 metres of snow, which offered optimum conditions with a large part of Baqueira Beret open.
This was followed by Christmas with 159,000 skiers and a lot of activity for everyone, thus returning to almost normality after the pandemic.
The different competitions, the good conditions and the entire ski area open have meant that the months of January, February and March have maintained the large influx of skiers.
Easter has been the key point to exceed one million visitors and conclude a season that will make history in the resort.
The season in figures The 2021-2022
Season has recorded a total of 16 days of snowfall, with an average snowfall of 146 cm, and the accumulated snowfall this winter has been 9 metres at the highest altitudes (total snowfall). The lowest temperature recorded this season was -13ºC.
The most popular area continues to be Baqueira, which accounts for 46% of the resort's skiers, followed by Beret with 33.3% of users, where the major investments made last summer with the new TSD Clòt der Os lift and more snow production have been noticed; Bonaigua with 17.7% of skiers and Baciver with the remaining 3%.
The resort's 36 ski lifts have carried a whopping 12,466,260 passengers and the average vertical drop for each of them has been 4,237 m. The average number of trips on the lifts was 11.88 per skier.
Freeride World Tour, the most international event
The first stop of the prestigious international championship, the Freeride World Tour, was held in Baqueira Beret on 22 January, an international event that stands out for its repercussion in the media all over the world. A competition that is held in 5 key points of the world and where the best freeriders meet; among them were the locals Aymar Navarro and Abel Moga who made the more than 4,500 people who lived live the great show offered by the riders in the mountains of Baqueira Beret vibrate. Spectacular snow and weather conditions allowed the race to shine in all its splendour at this first stop in Spain. The organisers of the Freeride World Tour and Baqueira Beret have confirmed that next season 2022-2023 the resort will be present again in this prestigious tour.
Competitions, leisure and fun
The many sporting competitions have played a major role throughout the winter months. The 42nd edition of the Marxa Beret, with more than 900 professional and amateur Nordic skiing participants, once again stood out. Other popular events were the sixth edition of the BBB Ski Race Experience, organised in February to coincide with Carnival, in which participants were able to discover every corner of the resort through an original event that mixed competitions with selfies and fancy dress. That same evening, the second edition of the Audi e-tron Night was held, where the entire North Face was lit up with skiers with LED lights, a freestylers' jumping show at the finish and a subsequent party in the Moët Winter Lounge.
Once again this year, the resort also hosted the 14th edition of the Jesús Serra Foundation Trophy, a competition that awarded study grants to the best skiers, raffled off many gifts and ended with a big party for all the participants.
February ended with the second edition of Banked Slalom, organised by Landing. A snowboard competition for all ages that combines the roots of snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding, which had great repercussion in the national and international media, showing the snowboarding speciality also very active in Baqueira Beret.
Alpine skiing has been present throughout the season with multiple races at the Stadium de Beret as the second FIS Blanca Fernandez Ochoa Trophy, Memorial Montse Corominas, Trofeo Amics de Montgarri, Top CAEI FIS, Copa España U14/16 among others where they could see in action the future promises of this modality.
The Era Marmota Snowpark has also been the main stage for events such as the Spanish Slopestyle Snowboard and Ski Championships, where Olympians Javi Lliso and Thibault Magnin were present. The boardercross circuit, known in past seasons for hosting the SBX World Cup, was also the chosen track for the Spanish Snowboardcross and Skicross Championships, where RFEDI snowboarder Lucas Eguibar competed. And not only competitions have been present in this great season, but also music has been the protagonist. Baqueira Beret has continued to intensify its calendar of events with musical performances and sporting events that have been distributed mainly on the terraces of Baqueira Bar 1500 and Moët Winter Lounge.
But music in particular was the star of the month of March, when the second edition of the Polar Sound music festival and the tribute to the artist Pau Donés were held. The Polar Sound, an event organised by Fever and in direct collaboration with Baqueira Beret and the Naut Aran Town Council, was attended by more than 14,000 people (6,500 on Friday and 7,500 on Saturday) in a large marquee that was set up in the Baqueira 1500 car park to host the different artists present, such as Izal, Beret, Dani Fernández, Álvaro de Luna, La La Love You, Lérica, Maren, Marlon, Siloé and the DJs Ardiya and Luigii Nieto. The event brought together thousands of music and snow lovers who were able to enjoy both.
An emotional tribute to the singer Pau Donés with "El Valle Grita" also filled the Val d'Aran and Valls d'Àneu ski resort with music. More than 1,000 people attended the event to support this project and be part of it in situ. The initiative was promoted by the Zamora-born musician Mario Carnero, who is passionate about the Val d'Aran and its mountains. The action consisted of recording a video clip of the song "Grita" by the famous singer of Jarabe de Palo with the assistance of live musicians, families, friends and anyone who wanted to participate. The Orquestra Simfònica de l'Escola de Música de l'Orfeó Lleidatà (Symphony Orchestra of the School of Music of the Orfeó Lleidatà) also collaborated. The video clip will be made public in the next few days.
Undoubtedly, an exceptional season in Baqueira Beret, where the numbers, the numerous activities and the large number of visitors speak for themselves.
The resort is already working for the next 2022-2023 season, which will kick off at the end of November with great new features following the Baqueira Beret DNA.