Åre - Ski Area Guide

Åre, Sweden

Ski Resort - 93km of Piste (380m to 1,270m)

Sweden's top resort and the largest north of the Alps. The skiing, which includes a World Cup descent, has been accessed by funicular railway since 1910 from the lovely old town. It has a lively village centre which you can ski all the way to, full of shops and restaurants.

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Åre Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Åre
 8 Black Pistes
40Red Pistes
45Blue Pistes
17Green Pistes
98Pistes
93kmDownhill Pistes
300kmCross Country Pistes
44Ski Lifts

Åre Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Åre
890mMax Vertical
1270mHighest Lift
380mLowest Piste
380mResort Altitude (Åre)

Åre

The Swedish Ski Resort of Åre has direct access to 93km of downhill skiing, with 98 individual pistes, served by 44 ski lifts.

Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..

There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Åre are perfectly feasible.

Skiing in Åre

Åre is 'five villages in one resort' - the main one being the original village. Each village has its own ski area, although again by far the largest is that above Åre village itself. This ski area is shared with the newer purpose-built and family-friendly off-shoot of Åre Björnen.

The second largest ski area is above Duved and is virtually linked to Åre's skiing (but not quite!). You need to take a bus from one base to the other. Duved's ski area was firmly connected to the village just before the millennium season when a tunnel was built beneath the railway line that formerly separated the slopes from Duved centre. A drag lift through the tunnel makes it possible to travel from the village square to the top of the mountain without taking your skis off. Duved installed Scandinavia's first six-seater chair-lift with a plastic hood for weather protection. It cut the previous bottom-to-top ascent time from 45 minutes to just over five minutes!

Huså is better known, however, as the destination of an 8km (5 mile) off piste trail which can be reached from Åre itself if you take the snowcat up from the top of the cable car in high season. Åre's main ski area is an incredible 10km (6 miles) from east to west, with two thirds of trails below the treeline and the top sector a huge empty open snowy expanse.

Expert skiers have plenty of off-piste opportunities with heli-skiing available. Of course you should always take a guide but here the avalanche risk is lower than the norm. On piste choices include the World Cup Downhill and the famous Hummelbranten mogul (bumps) run.

Intermediates will particularly enjoy Åre's fast easy cruising and the feeling of travelling along the area. Beginners have a high proportion of terrain graded very easy or easy and the ski school guarantees you'll have mastered the basics after five lessons, or they offer a full refund.

In common with most Scandinavian ski centres there is excellent cross-country skiing, here 83km (51 miles) of trails.

Snowboarding in Åre

The best snowboarding terrain is to be found by the Brõcke lift where the Snowboardland features jumps, quarter pipes and slides. The half pipe to the right of the cable car is floodlit until 11pm. Great opportunities for off-piste 'boarding include the 8km (5 mile) off piste trails to Husä (bus back).

A Boarder Cross was created at Tegefjåll. Off the slopes there are 'snowboarders only' shops and the existing high octane 'After Ski' scene fits in well with most 'boarders' idea of a non-stop good time.

Åre Aprés Ski

...or 'After Ski' as it's called locally begins at 3pm and you can choose between a lively bar where you pile your ski boots up in the corner, grab a beer and listen to a live band or something a bit more relaxed, maybe a good old communal sing song (you remember the days before karaoke?). In both cases live performances are usually the order of the day, with bands playing pop, rock, jazz or blues at least six nights of the week in high season.

The slopeside Hotel Sunwing is traditionally the liveliest place when the lifts close, with the Diplomat popular later on and right through the evening. Six nightclubs continue with, often, live acts right through in to the small hours.

On Wednesday nights the toboggan run is floodlit for night sledging.

Åre in brief

Åre Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Ok for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.

Åre Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Åre.

Usual opening - Early Nov.

Usual closing - Early May.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Åre.

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Åre Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Åre is able to augment natural snow, on 10km of ski runs, with 174 Snow Cannons.

Åre Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 44 Ski Lifts of Åre are able to uplift 48,690 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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