Beat the Best – the world’s longest ski race

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“Beat the Best – the world’s longest ski race“ from 18 – 19 January 2019 at Nassfeld in Carinthia: Grand Opening, ski stars, race fever, thrills as well as a surprinsingly wide range of entertainment.

The anniversary edition of “Beat the Best“ on 18 and 19 January 2019 promises pure high tension. Because initiator Armin Assinger, ambitious as ever, sets again the time to be beaten for the 10th edition of the world’s longest ski race.

It is a race of the superlative. Conquering a course of just over 26 kilometres and 6,400 altitude metres, around 800 amateur athletes go on the hunt for the legendary “Nassfeld Trophy” together with Armin Assinger – idea provider, initiator, former ski star and ”ORF Millionenshow“ presenter – when it is again time to “Beat the Best” on Saturday, 19 January 2019. This legendary race, officially named as the world’s longest ski race by ”Guinness World Records“, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.


Many celebrities, captains of industry and media representatives have already confirmed their participation. Among the participants who will experience the unique “Beat the Best“ race atmosphere first hand and face competitors with quite some muscle power in their calves are Toni Pfeffer, Michael Konsel, Paco Wrolich, Bojan Krizaj and Alex List.

Groups of 20 athletes start the race in an interval of two minutes. Aim is to conquer a total of nine main pistes of various levels of difficulty across the entire ski resort. Crossing the finish line, the racers are welcomed by a cheering crowd of spectators. Spectacular moments can also be enjoyed after the race when the Carinthian mountain bikers Stefan Müller and Florian Lerchbaumer show in a Bike Stunt Show what can be done in the snow on two wheels and with a good portion of guts.

Apart from winning the prestigious “Nassfeld Trophy“, the participant who reaches the exact average time gets a Ford FOCUS Crossover for six months. Even if the exact average time is not reached, this prize will be awarded to the participant with the time closest to the average time.


Every ski fan aged 16 and over can participate in this challenge and can still secure one of the highly coveted 800 starting places until 14 January 2019. For registrations, go to

GRAND OPENING on Friday, 18 January 2018:

The best of the UNIQA “Students‘ Race“ start together with a celebrity in the final.

“Beat the BEST“ will already be gripped by “race fever” on Friday, 18 January. The Grand Opening of the race weekend for example takes place in the finish area at the lower terminus of the Millennium Express gondola lift. The UNIQA “Students‘ Race“ offers a stage for young talents from regional clubs to show off their skills. The qualifying race at the finishing slope of the “Carnia“ downhill run starts at 3 pm.

The three fastest girls and boys of each age group enter the final where they can show off their skills again together with a celebrity in the team competition from 4.30 pm. The future “ski stars“ enjoy being celebrated and have the chance to win surprisingly fantastic prizes at the subsequent winners’ ceremony with Warm-Up Party.

By the way: Registration for the race is still possible until Monday, 14 January!

All information about “Beat the BEST“ can be found at:

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