Five Reasons to Try Skiing the Swedish Way

22nd August 2018 - Andy Hemingway
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Åre Family © Ola Matsson / Skistar

Swedish life is all about quality, style and efficiency. Their standard of living is one of the best in the world, so expect high-quality rentals, modern lifts and excellent tuition - skiing the Swedish way!

I first skied in Sweden in 2002 and I've been a regular visitor ever since - as recently as April this year when my family joined me there for the first time.

Below, I've listed my top five reasons why Sweden should be on your list this winter.

1. Guaranteed Snow

Åre Off-Piste © Ola Matsson

Off-piste in Åre © Ola Matsson

Reliable snowfall means the ski slopes in Sweden often open as early as October, with a long season extending to the beginning of May. Immaculately groomed pistes and consistently cold temperatures keep the snow fresh. Plus, due to the low numbers on the mountain, fresh tracks can always be found in the plentiful and accessible off-piste.

Stay at the 3* Hovde Hotel in Vemdalen. Small, personal and located in the heart of it all. This boutique property has just 22 rooms where you’ll be made to feel immediately at home and enjoys a prime location right on the village square.

2. World-Class Ski Areas

Pristine Grooming in Åre © SkiStar / Karl Hagglund

Pristine grooming in Åre © SkiStar / Karl Hagglund

Host to the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Åre (pronounced aura) is a world-class resort and has more than 1,000 acres of terrain to suit elite athletes all the way through to first timers too. Scandinavia’s largest ski resort is great for escaping it all, with spectacular views over Lake Åresjön and uncrowded tree-lined slopes, even during peak weeks. Plus, children six and under ski for free.

For ski-in ski-out access, stay at the trendy 4* Tott Hotel. Modern furnishings, a relaxed informal atmosphere and amazing views overlooking the main village and lake - it doesn't get much better!

3. High Quality Accommodation

Copperhill Mountain Lodge - Copper Suite

Copper Suite at the Copperhill Mountain Lodge

Wherever you stay, you’ll experience Sweden’s exceptional flair for style and design. The standard of living here is one of the highest in the world and reflected in the quality of accommodation.

Voted Sweden’s Best Ski Hotel in the World Ski Awards three years in a row, the luxurious Copperhill Mountain Lodge is our favourite place to stay. Sitting right on the tree-line, the views are spectacular and you can ski straight onto the slopes each morning.

4. Quiet Slopes

Vemdalen - Vemdalsskalet Pass Express © SkiStar

At the top of the Vemdalsskalet Pass Express © SkiStar

If you like more room on the mountain, it really pays dividends to travel to lesser-known destinations. You’ll be blown away by the uncrowded slopes and short lift queues. Even at peak times such as half term, queueing is limited so you’ll have more uninterrupted skiing time.

For spacious accommodation to match the slopes, the 4* Fallmoran Apartments are extremely well-equipped, versatile and stylish. Hardwood floors throughout, spacious kitchen with all the mod cons, comfortable living area and a balcony or terrace. Beautifully designed and located within 150m of everything you need: supermarket, shops, bars, restaurants, ski rental, ski school.

5. Great Hospitality

Åre Hummelstugan - Dinner with a View © Ola Matsson

Dinner with a view in Åre © Ola Matsson

If you've skied a lot and think you've done it all then check out Åre. I love the delicious cuisine, the designer styling, and the fact that the Swedes adore the Brits. Earning itself the nickname ‘Little Stockholm,’ this historic lakeside town has some of Sweden’s best après bars, and more than 50 restaurants. It offers everything from zip wires and a chocolate factory, to a distillery and live bands at the weekends

With arguably the best ski-in ski-out location in Åre, the award-winning 4* Hotel Fjällgården (pronounced Fee-Yell-Gordon) is one of Sweden’s best boutique ski hotels. The level of personal service is exceptional, and the outdoor hot tubs are heavenly.

Why not find out for yourself?

Call our Sweden specialists on 01273 224068 or request a quotation and we'll help you choose your perfect resort and accommodation.

Posted in: Sweden & Tips & Advice
Tagged: Åre, Vemdalen & Family
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Sales & Product Manager Scandinavia

Started skiing at 4 years old and was bitten by the bug! I completed a ski instructor’s course in Canada after university and then spent five winter seasons working in both Norway and Sweden. Came back to live in the UK in 2007.