Ski resorts in Sweden
If beautiful scenery, world-class ski facilities and a tranquil atmosphere is what you want from a ski holiday, Sweden could be just what you are looking for. With smaller crowds than many other European resorts, the country is an excellent option for a relaxing getaway on the slopes without sacrificing on quality.
Are in Sweden
Are and Vemdalen are the two leading ski resorts in the country, offering excellent snow conditions, terrific customer service and breath-taking landscapes. Are is situated close to the Norway border and is Sweden’s number one ski centre. With 3 ski areas, there is a tantalising number of runs to try with magnificent mountains and forests as your backdrop. Duved offers the best carving slopes in the area, whereas the resort’s highest point can be found in Are Village, alongside a range of off-piste opportunities. The final area, Bjornen, is designed for families and beginners with a variety of smaller slopes to build confidence.
Vemdalen is further north than Are and offers 49 km of direct skiing, 58 pistes and a variety of options both above and below treelines. Vemdalen and Bjornike are 2 ski resorts linked together on the same lift pass. The terrain here is of a high standard and the Swedish National Championships have been staged here in the past. With many ski instructors on-site, it is a great place for beginners and intermediates to develop their skills, with lessons delivered in cross-country and telemark skiing. Lift passes here also include the similarly-sized Bjornrike area, along with the smaller Klovsjo and Storhogna resorts, offering a wide variety of runs to choose from.
Snow Conditions in Sweden
Vemdalen’s season generally takes place between November and May, with runs located on both sides of the nearby valley, providing an even balance between above and below treeline skiing. Strong snow conditions can be expected at the resort, and snow-making technology can be used on roughly half of the terrain.
Are’sseason also runs from November to May and boasts 93km of downhill skiing, 98 pistes and benefits from excellent snow coverage thanks to the country’s cold climate, while snow-making technology can be used if necessary.
Apres Ski and Non Ski Activities in Sweden
Sweden’s night-time entertainment is far removed from bigger ski countries, boasting an infectious party atmosphere. In Are, travellers can relax in the Timmerstugan pub before visiting the Bygget nightclub. In Vemdalen, travellers can look forward to a delightful array of restaurants including the Anorak, which serves delicious local delicacies. Hotels also provide their own entertainment, including live music.
If you want a change of scene for a day or two from the slopes, husky dog sledding, Icelandic pony treks or snowmobiling are readily available for you to try, or why not hit the sauna like a true Swede!
Ski Accommodation in Sweden
Transfer times to resorts in Sweden
The nearest airport to both resorts is Ostersund. This is situated 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Are and 2 hours and 25 minutes away from Vemdalen.
Lift passes for Swedish ski resorts
Ski passes in Are vary depending on when you travel and discounts are available for purchasing in advance. There are 50 ski lifts across the resort that make it easy for tourists to explore everything it has to offer. Vemdalen has a total of 35 lifts that are all accessible through a ski pass. As an added bonus, the pass comes with a number of discounts as part of the MySkiStar scheme. This includes discounts on online purchases and free Wi-Fi.