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Ski Sweden

Skiing and snowboarding in Sweden offers unique snow experiences that are underrated by most, but not us!. Ski Sweden and get loads of snow, the most northerly ski resort in the world, midnight sun skiing, aurora borealis viewing (ooohh, aahhhh!!), huge freeride terrain plus superb helicopter and backcountry skiing, making it a Powderhounds bucket list essential.

For families, Swedish ski resorts are some of the best in the world and worth a visit for something completely different. Lovers of alcoholic beverages will need to be cashed up or drink in moderation. Alcohol is seriously expensive in Sweden, so prepare to lose and arm or leg or just enjoy the purity of the Swedish air and water!

Skiing in Sweden

Ski resorts in Sweden are typically Scandinavian - relatively low, extremely cold and delightfully snowy. There are allegedly over 100 ski resorts in Sweden, but let's face it, most of them are best described as 'small and crap'. Some notable exceptions exist and provide the basis for some tasty ski experiences.

Åre ski resort, with a respectable vertical drop of nearly 900m, 41 lifts and 101km of piste trails, is Sweden's largest. The closest ski resorts of note to the capital Stockholm are clustered around the town of Salen.  Six smallish ski resorts with verticals less than 400m are spread along the 50 odd km between Stoten and Klappen.

Up north above the arctic circle, Riksgransen provides some of the best skiing in the world. Together with the relatively nearby ski resort of Bjorkliden and the off piste lifted ski area of Abisko, endless freeride terrain is the main draw card. Riksgransen often has perfect powder and as much backcountry adventure as you can handle.  When it warms up in May, the lifts turn at midnight for a truly unique ski experience. Due to the long hours of darkness during the northern winter above the arctic circle, Riksgransen doesn't open until late February but stays open until June if conditions are good.

An outlying ski hill with an interesting freeride pedigree is Svanstein on the border with Finland. Svanstein has one of the world's most creative trail maps, giving a clear insight into its ethos.

Where are Sweden Ski Resorts?

Sweden's ski resorts are spread south to north along 1400km of highlands and mountains near the western border with Norway. Ski resorts (we use the term loosely!) to the south are small hills of less than 200m vertical. The real ski resorts start near Salen, about 335km north west of Stockholm. Åre is over 500km north west of Stockholm as is directly accessible via a 6hr train ride from Stockholm Central Railway Station.

The northern ski resort of Riksgransen is a delightful 18hr overnight train ride from Stockholm, over 1000km north as the ptarmigan flies. Abisko and Bjorkliden are on the same train line and have their own railway stations. The small ski resort of Svanstein is over 850km north east of Stockholm.

Gateway airports for skiing in Sweden are Stockholm and Kiruna. To search for a great deal on a flight to Stockholm, Kiruna or other Swedish airport, use one of our recommended flight search engines.

Reasons to Ski & Snowboard Sweden

Sweden is still untamed in winter. Skiing and snowboarding can be done well into June during days of 24hr sunlight. In the depths of winter, snow is cold and stable - perfect for backcountry skiing and adventure. Sweden also has many opportunities for heli skiing, something the Powderhounds intend to research as often as possible. And really, who wants to die without observing the amazing aurora borealis first hand? Ski Sweden.

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