Ski Holidays in Are
Åre is Sweden's number one ski resort, situated in Northern Sweden. Åre consists of three separate ski areas and villages, which are partly interlinked and covered by one lift pass. These include Björnen, Åre village and Tegefjäll/Duved.
The scenery is breathtaking, low sweeping mountains covered with pine forests, and the skiing is suited to all levels, plus there are a good range of activities for the non-skier on ski holidays in Are.
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Skiing in Åre
Åre is Scandinavia's largest ski resort with more than 1,000 acres of slopes. It also offers the most spectacular scenery for skiing, with most of the runs tree lined as well as taking in the beautiful views of the lake as you descend.
The main ski area has the most slope variety whilst families and beginners will particularly enjoy the Björnen area which is dedicated for both of them. Duved, the second largest ski area is linked to Åre by bus and a drag lift through the tunnel means skiers can travel from the village square to the mountain top without having to take skis off. Riders can also explore Huså, known for its 8km off piste trail accessible from Åre by a snowcat to the top of the cable car.
Beginners are well catered for with some gently rolling slopes at Duved and gentle runs at Bjornen. The majority of Åre’s slopes are graded easy and the tuition is excellent with all the instructors fluent in English. Once beginners have gained confidence there are easy and wide slopes in Duved, Åre Björnen and Ullådalen.
The ski resort is also very family friendly with the most generous free child lift pass in Europe as kids up to the age of 8 ski for free and can hire free helmets.
Intermediates have a great range of runs and areas to choose from, with the Åre ski area offering the most challenging terrain. Intermediates will enjoy the Duved section as the runs here are cruisy and smooth or take the Kabinbana cable car to the top to access a number of reds.
Advanced skiers will find some steep challenging runs, including the famous World Cup run and the Hummelbranten mogul field plus some great off-piste and heliskiing to be explored with a guide. Mount Åreskutan’s north-east section is the gateway to Åre’s backcountry skiing and offers one of Scandinavia’s largest off-piste areas.
The best section for snowboarders is found near the Brõcke lift. There is a dedicated snowboard park, Snowboardland, which is floodlit in the evenings, plus benches at the top of many of the lifts to accommodate snowboarders. At Tegefjåll, there is also a boarder cross and snowboarders looking to explore some off-piste must try the 8km runs to Husä.
Cross-country skiers are spoilt with 180km of cross country trails varying from 2.5 to 15km in length.
Snow conditions in Åre
Åre is just 350km south of the Arctic Circle and guarantees snow throughout the winter season from late November to early May.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Åre
The night-life for ski holidays in Are is fairly low key and centres around the hotel bars and restaurants. At weekends it does get a bit livelier and there are a range of popular bars and clubs, many with live bands. But the favourite spot for locals in Tegefjäll/Duved.
There are so many restaurants in the area to choose from where you can try local cuisine such as smoked reindeer, moose dishes and fish which are cooked on Swedish hot stones. There are of course restaurants that serve international cuisine if this doesn’t take your fancy.
Åre offers a range of non skiing activities such as snowmobiling, Icelandic pony treks, parapenting, tobogganing, husky sleigh rides, ice fishing, ice driving, ice karting as well as visiting the Tannforsen frozen waterfall and ice caves near Duved and day trips to Trondheim.
Transfer times to Åre
Östersund (OSD) - 1 hr 30 mins