Marxa Beret: a throng of cross-country skiers

In cross-country skiing, if there is a classic among classics it is without a doubt the Marxa Beret. Yet another year, everything is ready for the popular Nordic ski race with the strongest tradition in the Spanish Pyrenean territory. This Val d’Aran-based marathon run will be the 39th one to be staged. The race will take place on Sunday 4 February 2018.

Participants in the last edition. © Baqueira Beret

Participants in the last edition. © Baqueira Beret

Nordic emotion is back

The seniority of the Marxa Beret race, which is almost 40 years old, is one of the main factors in its consolidation in the world of snow sports. But it is not the only one. The race is part of the International Ski Federation (FIS) calendar and counts towards the RFEDI Spanish Nordic Ski Cup, among other competitions.

The Marxa Beret is divided into three 42-, 21- and 10-km circuits established by the organisation. The two long-distance races are open to men and women born in the year 2000 or earlier. The shorter circuit, however, is open to anyone who wishes to take part. It should be remembered that only the classic technique is allowed and that controls will be in place to prevent any skate steps being used. The start of the three races will occur simultaneously at 10 am on 4 February in the Pla de Beret and the event will end with the presentation of prizes and the closing ceremony.

In the Marxa Beret only the classic technique is allowed. © Baqueira Beret

In the Marxa Beret only the classic technique is allowed. © Baqueira Beret

The great Nordic ski party

The goal is to turn the Race into a “Nordic ski party”, say the event’s joint organisers, the Conselh Generau d’Aran governing council and the Baqueira Beret resort.

Yet another year, emotions will run high among the snowy peaks of the Val d’Aran valley. Hundreds of skiers will fight to complete the circuit in the shortest possible time so that they can hang a medal around their necks. A multitudinous event for enjoying the beauty of the Pyrenees and the best winter sport.

For this edition you may only register via the internet. The deadline is Thursday 1 February 2018, on the Marxa Beret website. Registration is limited to 1,200 participants.