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Ski Riksgransen powder from February to May.
Ski Riksgransen powder from February to May.
Riksgränsen Ski Resort.
Riksgränsen Ski Resort.
Riksgränsen ski resort is rail connected by the Arctic Circle Train.
Riksgränsen ski resort is rail connected by the Arctic Circle Train.
Riksgransen heli skiing is world class. (Photo - Andreas Bengtsson)
Riksgransen heli skiing is world class.  (Photo - Andreas Bengtsson)
Midnight sun skiing at Riksgransen. (Photo - Andreas Bengtsson)
Midnight sun skiing at Riksgransen. (Photo - Andreas Bengtsson)
The breathtaking Aurora Borealis near Riksgransen. (Photo - S. Skinner)
The breathtaking Aurora Borealis near Riksgransen. (Photo - S. Skinner)
Ski Riksgränsen. (Photo - Lisa Auer)
Ski Riksgränsen. (Photo - Lisa Auer)

Riksgransen

Riksgransen Ski Resort Sweden

Riksgransen ski resort in Swedish Lapland might not ring too many bells in the minds of powder skiers worldwide, but it should.  A powder paradise above the Arctic Circle, put Riksgransen Sweden on your skiing bucket list. The Powderhounds definitely have and intend to tick it off the list sooner rather than later.

The Powderhounds will be reviewing Riksgransen in 2018, stay tuned for photos, reviews and detailed information.

Riksgransen Snow & Weather

The story goes that during the early 1900s Riksgransen ceased to exist as the population was moved away due to.............. too much snow! Despite what most skiers think, there is such as thing as too much snow - sucks I know. However, what management authoriities couldn't deal with 100 years ago, has now become the reason for powder snow and backcountry skiers and riders to converge on the small village.

Weather conditions in the depths of winter are brutal at Riksgransen, never mind the lack of sunshine. Hence the Riksgransen ski resort doesn't turn its first lift until the last week of February. best months for powder in the reosrt are March and April.

The Powderhounds will be reviewing Riksgransen in 2018, stay tuned for more information.

Where is Riksgränsen, Sweden?

Riksgränsen is about 200 km north of the Arctic Circla a paltry 1366km from Stockholm. Straddling the border with Norway, Riksgransen's closest major cities are Narvik 50min to the west and Kiruna 2hr to the south east. Riksgransen is connected by road and rail to Norway and Sweden. The Arctic Circle Train runs twice daily in both directions between Kiruna and Narvik stopping at Riksgransen and its sister resort, Bjorkliden.

The closest major airport is Kiruna which has three daily flights from Stockholm. from Kiruna airport a bus shuttle can take you directly to Riksgransen or your can take your time and take the train from the city centre. Alternatively an overnight train makes the journey through the area from Stockholm to Riksgransen. The train leaves Stockholm at 5.30pm and arrives at Riksgransen at 11.40am the next day. Search for and book train tickets below.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Bjorkliden ski resort has a linked lift pass with Riksgransen and is 30km to the east. A 30 min bus shuttle runs daily between the two resorts, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Taking the train to Bjorkliden (twice daily) takes about 1hr15min and is not convenient if looking to use the ski lifts.

Riksgransen Backcountry Skiing

Swedish Lapland has the top 10 highest mountains in Sweden. Most are in the range extending south of Riksgransen. The backcountry skiing options are endless. Use the lifts to remove 400m of climbing and then head south into the hills.

Heliskiing at Riksgransen

From mid March to the end of May, Riksgransen has a short, but incredibly sweet, heliski season. Covering an area of 5000km and 200 peaks, fresh turns and face shots are all but guaranteed. Trips vary from half days with 3 drops or full 7day packages. Skiable vertical is generally 800m but can be as much as 1500m further south near Sweden’s highest mountain Kebnekaise. Prices are competitive by world standards.

Riksgränsen Midnight Sun Skiing & Snowboarding

A location 200km north of the Arctic Circle has certain benefits (and a few negatives, but we’ll focus on the positive!). One of them is skiing at any time of day in the midnight sun. The light at midnight can be mesmerising and a sheer pleasure for skiing.

The terrain at Riksgransen lends itself to easy touring and earning turns in the midnight sun, but in May the ski resort runs lifts on one random day every week. Spend a week here in May and you will know which day!.

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) at Riksgransen

Another of Riksgransen’s geographical benefits is its remoteness (lack of man-made light) and proximity to the stunning phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights ican be viewed from Septmeber to April. Whilst can be seen anywhere in the north, nearby Abisko National Park has a chairlift up to a purpose built viewing area called the Aurora Sky Station. Dinner is available with all the requisite ooohs and aaahs as the Aurora Borealis shimmers across the night sky.

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    Riksgransen Ski Trail Map
  • Riksgransen Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    522m – 909m (387m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    A lot!
  • Lifts (6)
    2 Chairlifts
  • Ski Hours
    Late Feb to late May
    9:00am - 4:00pm

    Midnight Sun Skiing
    Select weekdays in May
    10:00pm – 00:30am
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 29 (21km)
    Longest run – 3km+
    Off-piste – Vast
    Advanced - 5%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 45%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 2018)
    Adult - €38 (375SEK)
    Child - €30 (295SEK)
    Child u/8yr – Free

    Midnight Sun Skiing
    Adult - €31 (300SEK)
    Child - €24.50 (240SEK)
    Child u/8yr – Free

    Bjorkliden Ski Trail Map
  • Bjorkliden Ski Trail Map