Compared to the Swiss Alps to the Southwest, the culture of skiing in Sweden is much more laid back and casual, though the Swedish mountains still offer plenty of resorts and snow-covered slopes for traveling and local ski enthusiasts alike.
Ski resorts in Sweden are not hard to find, but there are a few that are outstanding and offer a more curated wintry experience. From the popular Åre Ski Resort’s 103 runs to the easily-accessible Branäs Ski Resort’s family-oriented activities and slopes, Sweden offers a variety that caters to every level of skiing and snowboarding expertise.
Because Sweden is colder than the Alps, it’s almost guaranteed to snow from November through early May, but keep in mind daylight hours are shortest in November through January, so you’ll only have five to six hours on the slopes before dark if you visit then. Be sure to check the Swedish weather before you visit so you’ll have a better idea of sunrise and sunset times as well as snow conditions and temperatures.
Scandinavian travel can be quite expensive once you factor in costlier flights, accommodations, and food and beverages, but staying at one of these resorts could help you better budget your Swedish winter vacation. Although slightly pricier than the Swiss Alps, these Swedish ski resorts offer a much more relaxed vibe and all the same great amenities.
Åre: Size and Variety
Åre is a very popular ski resort in Sweden and is considered Northern Europe’s largest and most diverse alpine sports resort for all skill levels, especially advanced skiers.
This ski resort offers 103 runs, 40 lifts, a gondola lift, children’s slopes (“ÅreBjörnen”), night skiing, slopes for all skill levels, snowmobile safaris, dog sleigh tours, and ice fall climbing. During the summer, you can go hiking, biking, climbing, canoeing, river rafting, and fly-fishing along the river.
The resort is in central Sweden, 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Östersund or 93 miles (150 kilometers) east of Trondheim, Norway.