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Åre

Åre Ski Resort Guide

Åre, Sweden

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length93km58 miles
Highest Lift1,270m4,167ft
Resort Height380m1,247ft
 Nearest AirportsÅre Östersund and Trondheim
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Åre

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.

Summary

The Swedish ski resort of Åre is at an altitude of 380m1,247ft, with 93km58 miles of marked runs.

Åre has direct access to 93km58 miles of downhill skiing, with 98 marked pistes, served by a total of 44 ski lifts.

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

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Åre?

The next notable snow forecast is 1cm-, expected on 30 October.

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Ski Area Stats

Åre Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 8 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
40
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
45
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
17
Downhill
Total Length
93km58 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
300km186 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
44

Altitudes

Åre Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,270m4,167ft
Lowest Piste380m1,247ft
Resort Altitude (Åre)380m1,247ft
Max Vertical890m2,920ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Åre
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Åre Overview

Who needs the Alps? is the question posed by Sweden's largest and best known ski area, and Åre (pronounced 'Oar-er') clearly has a point. The resort and its ski area is large by any standards - with a vertical also big for a part of the European continent not famed for its high mountains, and there are over 44 lifts to get you up it. From the top there are spectacular views across the huge frozen lake beside the resort. There are other unique advantages - the long season for example, from late November well into May. If you like to communicate in English you'll find 96% of the people in the resort are fluent in it. Most of all there is the good-natured friendliness of the Swedes, who seem to share some natural heritage of humour and the same concept of what's fun with the British, the Danish and the Dutch. At least the British, Danish and Dutch all seem to end up in the same bars in the same resorts in the Alps if that's anything to go by.

The resort is an historic one, although it is continuing to expand at a rapid rate. Tourism began in the 1880s when the railway reached the town. Even today it's popular to take the overnight train up from Stockholm and either dance all night in the disco car, or relax in the sleeper. The funicular railway that still accesses the slopes today was opened in 1909. Architecturally the resort is a mix of old wooden buildings and modern additions. The resort centre, around the railway station square is especially attractive.

The arguments against Åre, and indeed Scandinavian skiing in general, are that it is cold, dark mid-winter and the alcohol expensive (although most of the rest of the skiing world has largely caught up on that latter one). The reality is that the Gulf Stream helps to keep Swedish resorts at around the same temperature as those of the Alps. Although it can be dark 30 minutes earlier than the Alps in December and January the lifts still operate through to 3.30pm and there is extensive floodlighting for night skiing, which many feel defines the terrain more clearly than winter sunshine. Finally for prices, the Swedish Krona has devalued dramatically against major currencies - by around a third over recent years. Alcohol prices are in line with those of the Alps and meals and lift tickets generally cheaper.

Skiing

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.

Åre offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

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.

Location and Map

Where is Åre?

This ski resort is in Sweden.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Åre is Åre Östersund, 88 minutes drive away.

Trondheim airport is also within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 44 ski lifts are able to uplift 48,690 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 10km6 miles of ski runs, with 174 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Åre open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early November, and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Åre, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Åre Tourist Office for the latest.

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