Vemdalen Resort Guide

Insider tips from our team

Why Vemdalen?

This friendly resort has a high returning visitor rate and when you get here you’ll see why. From varied terrain to the warm welcome, there’s plenty to like. The mix of restaurants and a large supermarket at the base area of Vemdalsskalet make enjoying the self-catering accommodation easy, and you can try a lot of different activities while you’re there - even feeding reindeer!

The Skiing

The slopes

Vemdalen consists of three centres, all offering a scenic mountain backdrop. It has varied and well-maintained terrain which, due to its little-known status, can often be enjoyed much to yourself, far removed from the crowds of the Alps. The snow is consistently good and the resort staff are known for being friendly and accommodating. It makes a fabulous resort for families and beginners with its wide pistes. Take the complimentary bus over to Klövsjö which we found to be an enjoyably quiet location, go to Björnrike to visit Sameland, or head to Storhogna for the pool.

Vemdalen Groomed Cruise © Per Eriksson / Trigger Photo 21x9
Vemdalen

We suggest staying at Vemdalsskalet, the largest of the three areas, featuring very diverse terrain. There are easy cruisers, but off-piste you also have some well-spaced trees to weave through and some of the blacks are short and sharp burners - great fun for the more advanced skiers amongst you. The prevalence of chairlifts is another plus - most of the mountain can be accessed without ever going on a drag lift.

Ski school

The focus here is on family time, with short (1h 15m) lessons to maximise your time skiing together. It’s an easy place to learn but the times do vary so if you all need lessons it may be best to book private lessons and learn together.

Vemdalen Ski School © Ola Matsson / Skistar 16x9
Vemdalen ski school

Kids in Vemdalen

Valle the friendly snowman makes an appearance daily, with ski competitions for kids aged 3-9. There’s also childcare available 5 days a week, 9-11am and 1-4pm for 2 to 9 year olds. Please enquire for more details.

Food and Drink

On the mountain

Hovdestugan - Lunch and fika. Large sun terrace for warm days!

Anorak - Lunch and tapas in the evenings.

Restaurant Toppen - 940m above sea level, amazing views for lunch or afterski.

At the base

Linger Café - Modern café with its own bakery.

Hildings Krog - Local ingredients such as reindeer and char with an international twist.

Pizzeria Kalas & Restaurant Skalet at the Högfjällshotell - Pizzas and French cuisine respectively.

torgEtt - Tapas and a la carte dining.

Sibylla - Fast food.

Hovde Sportbar & Kitchen - Sports bar with a great beer selection and a menu of hearty dishes.

BKK Kitchen - Ever wanted to try spicy reindeer? Here’s your place. Thai food, eat in and delivery.

Hovde Hotel Bar © Jocke Lagercrantz
The Hovde Hotel bar

Bars

Baggen & Pianobaren at the Högfjällshotell - Lively for afterski and beyond. Sometimes there is live music.

Activities

Pool & Spa at Storhogna - easily accessible on the ski bus, a fun activity if the weather is bad or you want to relax.

Sameland - found at Björnrike, here you can meet and feed reindeer, and learn about the Sami people who have been living in northern areas since the stone age. Two traditional Sami dwellings have been built – one where you can eat lunch or have coffee and a cake (the Swedish fika), and one with an exhibition of the history of the Sami. There’s also a playhouse for kids to learn about how the Sami live today.

Vemdalen Reindeer 21x9
Reindeer in Vemdalen

Snowmobiling - Take a guided tour or rent snowmobiles and set off on your own. If you go with a guide they can show you the best spots, and you even stand a chance of spotting moose, reindeer or ptarmigan!

Dog Sledding - Friendly dogs take you far from the pistes to tranquil areas. There are different lengths of tour available from 20 minutes to 4 hours.

Ice Climbing - Walk 3km through the forest to climb a 60m tall frozen waterfall, Fettjåfallet. No experience necessary.

Snowshoeing - A peaceful activity that nonetheless works up an appetite! Walk through the beautiful landscape, staying on top of the snow rather than sinking through it.

Snowcats - Access areas you’d never get to otherwise and pause at the top for coffee, hot chocolate and waffles. You can ride in the cat if needed so all ages can join in the fun.

Ice Carting - Spiked tyres make go carting winter-ready!

Ice Fishing - There are plenty of lakes and rivers in the area where you can go with a guide who will show you the basics of ice fishing. Maybe you can even catch your dinner.

Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride & Winter Horse Riding - Everyone can relax in a sleigh and enjoy the scenery without the sounds of engines, or for the experienced horse rider, why not book a ride through the snow.

Bowling - Located in Vemdalen town or Storhogna.

Maps

Resort Map

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Trail map

Resort Map route map

Resort Stats

Season
November to April
Nearest airport
Åre Östersund
Flight time
2 hours 45 minutes
Direct flight
Gatwick only
Transfer time
1 hour 45 minutes
Transport
Private transfer or car hire
Elevation
595 m
Vertical drop
470 m
Avg snowfall
3.6 m / 12 ft
Ski area
52 km
Ski lifts
32
Runs
58
Grade
10% advanced 45% intermediate 55% beginner
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