Boí Taüll will host two Ski Mountaineering World Cup events on January 27 and 28, 2024. The resort, managed by FGC, already hosted with great success the ISMF Skimo World Championships in February 2023 and the European Ski Mountaineering Championships in February 2022. This competition is organized, approved and supported by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF), the Spanish Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing (FEDME) and the Federation of Hiking Organizations of Catalonia (FEEC).
In Boí Taüll, the third stage of the World Cup circuit will take place, with the Sprint and Mixed Relay races, which will be Olympic disciplines in the Winter Olympic Games of Cortina Milano 2026. The Sprint race is a very fast event in which athletes must complete the course in the shortest possible time. This race is individual and combines the basic characteristics and techniques of ski mountaineering uphill with skins, a section on foot with skis on the back and a single downhill. On the other hand, the Relleus modality consists of mixed teams of two people, where each member must complete two laps of a circuit with two ascents and two descents, carrying the skis on their backs in one section.
The 2023-2024 ISMF World Cup circuit will consist of seven stages. The season will start in Val Thorens (France) with the Vertical, Sprint and Mixed Relay races from November 24 to 26, 2023. After that, the circuit will move to the Pyrenees. Arinsal (Andorra) will host the Individual and Vertical races on January 20 and 21, while Boí Taüll (Spain) will host the Sprint and Mixed Relay races on January 27 and 28. The fourth stage of the World Cup will take place in Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland) on February 2 and 5, with the Sprint, Mixed Relay and Individual races. The teams will then move to Val Martello (Italy) to compete in the Individual, Mixed Relay and Sprint events on February 22 and 25. Schladming (Austria) will repeat as the venue for the World Cup with the Sprint and Vertical races from March 2 to 3, and Cortina d'Ampezo (Italy) will host the last stage of the circuit from April 6 to 10, where the four disciplines will be contested.
Boí Taüll and ski mountaineering
The resort offers a wide variety of options for ski mountaineering. Located in the Boí Valley, it is recognized worldwide as an example of synergy between sport and culture. In addition to its privileged location near the Aigüestortes National Park and the Estany de Sant Maurici, it stands out for its impressive valley and mountains.
Boí Taüll has four ski mountaineering itineraries of different difficulties, levels and lengths, suitable for all types of skiers. One of these outstanding itineraries is the Torllussà, considered the alpine itinerary par excellence. It is a circuit of high difficulty that ascends to Puig Falcó through a demanding and technical route with steep slopes, offering great opportunities for off-piste skiing.
The ribagorzana station has all the necessary services to host an event like the World Cup. Last season, Boí Taüll hosted the ISMF Skimo World Championships 2023, where the 5 official events were held (Sprint, Vertical, Teams, Individual and Relay). In February 2022 the resort also became the official venue for the European Ski Mountaineering Championships.