Åre Ski Holidays

Sweden Holidays

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Andy Hemingway

"I love the designer styling, the extraordinary cuisine and the fact that the Swedes adore the Brits. It's even close enough for a long-weekend - if you've skied a lot and think you’ve done it all then check out Åre!"

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 8/10
  • Intermediates: 10/10
  • Advanced: 6/10
  • Families: 9/10
  • Nightlife: 9/10
  • Village Charm: 10/10
  • Affordability: 7/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 10/10
  • Sustainability: 8/10

Season: Early December - 4th May

Nearest Airport: Trondheim & Åre Östersund

Flight Time: 2½ hours & 4½ hours

Direct Flight: Yes (Gatwick to Trondheim only)

Transfer Time: 2½ hours & 1 hour

Transport: Shuttle Bus or Car Hire

Elevation: 1420 m / 4,659 ft

Vertical Drop: 894 m / 2,993 ft

Avg Snowfall: 11 ft

Ski Area: 100 km

Ski Lifts: 46

Runs: 103

Grade: 10% advanced
51% intermediate
39% beginner

Why Åre?

Refreshingly Different

Åre (pronounced "aura") is certainly not the Alps, but that really is part of the appeal - you get away from the crowds. Not only that, but you'll discover it's cool and quirky. The resort has its own distillery - Buustamons, set piste-side on the mountain, so you can stop off on your way home down the slopes. Below it is the Åresjön frozen lake that has been used for everything from an aircraft landing strip to an overspill car park! There's a Chocolate Factory too. Fairly normal, you might say, but the difference is they add their own twist with local flavours like cloudberries.

The Skiing

Curiously Åre is relatively unknown in the UK considering how good it is. The ski area is a decent size (1,080 acres) and has some great tree-lined runs opening up to spectacular views of the Åresjön frozen lake below. It has played host to the Alpine World Ski Championships twice and stands alongside Banff-Lake Louise, Val Gardena and Saas-Fee as a member the Leading Mountain Resorts of the World. Find out more about the skiing in our Resort Guide.

Three brand new chairlifts opened in December 2013, the largest ever single investment in Åre's history. They open up new terrain, speed up access to the mountain and also vastly improve links between the main village and family friendly Åre Björnen ski area. Our favourite lift addition is the Fjällgårdsexpressen. Located between the Tott and Hotel Fjällgården.  It greatly improves the already excellent ski-in ski-out access both these properties offer.

Off the Slopes

Are Village has a great buzz with a wealth of bars, shops, superb restaurants and nightlife - it could easily be a hip suburb of Stockholm. And this is one of the best places in the world to sample winter beyond just the downhill slopes. Cross-country skiing, ice-skating, sleigh rides, ice-fishing, dog-sledding, snow-shoeing, snow-mobiling, tobogganing, ice-driving, zip-lining, snow-kiting, even moose kissing - whatever you fancy, you can try it here!

Extra Info

There's so much you can do on a ski holiday here - probably more than you realise.  Please read our Resort Guide to discover more about the skiing, the cuisine, and the activities you should try. Don't forget to read our customer reviews too.

By Andy Hemingway

Åre Resort Guide More info on how to make the most of your Åre ski holiday.

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