Riksgränsen - Ski Area Guide
Ski Resort - 199km of Piste (500m to 910m)
The world's most northerly ski resort has offered skiing from February to June for all abilities since 1903, when the railway reached here. Great off-piste and heli-skiing. 250km within the Arctic Circle lifts operate under the midnight sun from mid-May.
Riksgränsen Snow News
The next notable snow forecast for Riksgränsen is 2cm, expected on 30 March, with around 8cm forecast over the next 7 days. There is significant snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.
Who is Riksgränsen good for?
Riksgränsen Ski Area
|30km||Cross Country Pistes|
Riksgränsen Ski Area Height
|500m||Resort Altitude (Riksgränsen)|
The Swedish Ski Resort of Riksgränsen is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Sweden and has direct access to 199km of downhill skiing, with 19 individual pistes, served by 6 ski lifts.
Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..
There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Riksgränsen are perfectly feasible. Harstad/Narvik Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Riksgränsen
There are few ski resorts that attract such a mix of participants from the full range of snow disciplines. Cross country skiers, tourers, boarders, telemarkers and Alpine skiers all share the slopes amiably. You will see people in the latest gear and some happy to bring out skis and boots that have seen more than 20 winters.
The lift served ski area is a short walk above the main resort complex. Double chair ascends from within a wooden shed, so in common with the triple chair above, you board indoors - good news in poor weather. The double chair rises above terrain marked red and black but unlikely to cause significant problems for anyone if intermediate standard. To the left of the lift there's a wide slope with lots of off piste opportunities, again that most intermediates would be able to tackle and enjoy if conditions are right.
The upper slopes served by the triple chair are a little gentler. Again it is wide open terrain without trees or many dangerofours drops so is possible to ski off piste between the runs in comparative safety, as many people do. Run number 4 from the 909m summit is the one that takes you over the Norwegian border for a hundred metres or so. If you wish to stay in Norway keep left on route 3 continuing all the way back to the bottom of the double. There are off piste routes further in to Norway, catching the train back.
If you want to go the whole hog there's an interesting ski area with great views of the North Sea at Narvik, in Norway, an easy excursion by train. A little closer on the line back in to Sweden are several other historic Swedish ski areas worth a day trip, if not so well known internationally. Closest is Abisko.
Heliskiing is one of the major draws with short hops to one of dozens of peaks in the area highly affordable at around £110 ($200 US) for three ascents. Others prefer to hike up. There are 60 peaks in the area with an altitude over 1300m.
Riksgransen's ski school is highly regarded in the skiing world. Although not many international guests think of coming to Riksgransen as novices, the ski school does offer classes for beginners, popular with the Swedes as well as a wealth of other possibilities up to steep and deep off piste guiding and tuition.
Snowboarding in Riksgränsen
Riksgransen has become a hardcore boarders mecca just as it has long been for skiers. Pro boarders arrive each winter in force to make the most of the superb natural terrain (there's no machine made features, but none needed), heli-boarding and touring - as well as a totally boarders friendly environment.
Most of the sport's stars have been here at one time or another. Ingemar Backman made his record breaking 'Ingemar's Air' jump here in the mid '90s.
Riksgränsen Aprés Ski
Apres is a mix of room-based parties and larger gatherings in the extensive bar beneath the complex which extends in to a night club - often with live bands performing. This has a grungy feel and a good selection of drinks as well as excellent service - however prices are exhorbitant, in common with all Scandinavian bars, thanks to high alcohol taxes, so most guests tend to nurse a £5 ($9 US) beer through the evening. The atmosphere is usually buzzing however.
Tinned light beer bought in the supermarket is about a quarter of the price which is one reason why room-based-parties are popular.
Riksgränsen in brief
Riksgränsen Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Very good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Riksgränsen Season Dates
We have no confirmed season dates for Riksgränsen.
Usual opening - Late Feb.
Usual closing - Late June Normally closes late May but re-opens for Mid-Summers' Day.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Riksgränsen.
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Riksgränsen Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 6 Ski Lifts of Riksgränsen are able to uplift 7,400 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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