There’s more to Sweden in winter than Åre and Sälen
Midway through the winter season, The Local’s Geoff Mortimore describes Sweden’s best ski areas. Almost every resort comes with a snow guarantee, but there’s more to Sweden in winter than Åre, Sälen and Idre. Within easy reach of Stockholm are a number of resorts in Dalarna and Gävleborg.
“The best of these are Kungsberget (17 runs, 10 lifts), Romme Alpin (23 runs, 11 lifts) or Bjursås (20 runs, 8 lifts) which was one of Sweden’s first resorts to focus on snowboarding,” Mortimore says. “Meanwhile, Säfsen (16 runs, 6 lifts) offers a less busy alternative.”
However, Åre is the country’s biggest and best-known winter sports centre, which “guarantees as much fun for the party animal as for the ski buff.”
Among the other resorts listed, Sälen has some of the best facilities for families; Orsa Grönklitt has the benefit of a safari park; Hemavan has its own tiny airport; Riksgränsen above the Arctic Circle has skiing until the long days of May and offers fine off-piste and heli-skiing; and at Björkliden you can combine skiing with “a stay in the world famous Ice Hotel near Kiruna, a dog sledding safari or a close-up look at the Northern Lights”.
[pictured: Låktatjåkka, Björkliden; photo by Henrik Trygg/Imagebank.sweden.se]