Returning in 2018 for its eighth edition, the legendary snow kite marathon Red Bull Ragnarok will April 5-8th once again gather more than 300 snowkiters from all over the world for an epic battle against the weather and each other on the plains of Hardangervidda, Norway.

Photo: Mats Grimsæth

The 2017 edition was the hardest to date, only eight out of 350 kiters from 29 nations managed to finish all five laps of the 130 km long race. Equipped with kites, skis and snowboards the participants had to cope with winds of up to 23 m/s (small storm) and top speeds nearly reaching 100 km/h (62 mph). As always, the chase to secure a spot is almost as challenging as the race itself – last year’s tickets sold out in less than two minutes. Registration for the 300 available spots opens Tuesday, December 5th 2017 at 18:00 CET.

Photo: Daniel Tengs

“It’s incredible. It’s a really tough race, it’s really long and has gusty wind. Every year is tougher, this year with really strong wind. Next year I will start again and try to win with skis, that’s my goal,“ says Jonas Lengwiler from Switzerland, winner of the 2017 men’s snowboard category.

Photo: Mats Grimsæth

As in previous years, Haugastøl Hotel (1000m a.s.l.) offers the best place to relax, mingle, sleep, eat and recharge. The spots are tight here as well, so be sure to reserve a bed – after you have secured a place amongst the 300.

More info at: redbullragnarok.com.