Riksgränsen Ski Resort

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

Riksgränsen Ski Resort

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Riksgränsen

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Riksgränsen3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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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
  • Opening Dates & Times
    March to late May
    9:00am - 4:00pm

    Midnight Sun Skiing
    June 20 - 23
    10:00pm – 00:30am
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 29 (21km)
    Longest run – 3km+
    Off-piste – Vast
    Advanced - 5%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 45%
  • Lift Pass Price (Day Ticket 2019)
    Adult - 395SEK
    Child - 315SEK
    Child u/8yr - Free
    Bjorkliden Ski Trail Map
  • Bjorkliden Ski Trail Map

Riksgransen Ski Resort Sweden

Riksgransen ski resort in Swedish Lapland might not ring too many bells in the minds of skiers worldwide, but it should. A powder paradise above the Arctic Circle, make sure you put Riksgränsen Sweden on your skiing and snowboarding bucket list. The Powderhounds definitely have & intend to tick it off the list sooner rather than later. (Shame we are not there in 2019 as it is had a stellar season!)

Terrain wise, Riksgransen’s ski trail map makes its look singularly unimpressive, but the proof is always in the eating & we can’t wait to taste it. See the Riksgränsen ski trail map here.

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 a thing as too much snow - sucks I know. However, what management authorities 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 Riksgränsen, never mind the lack of sunshine. Hence the ski resort doesn't turn its first lift until the last week of February. Best months for powder in the resort are March and April.

Where is Riksgränsen Sweden?

Riksgränsen is in Sweden, about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle and 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).

Thankfully, due to a need to move iron ore to the coast, remote Riksgransen is connected by road & rail to Norway and Sweden. The Arctic Circle Train runs twice daily in both directions between Kiruna and Narvik stopping at Riksgränsen and its sister resort, Bjorkliden, as well as Abisko in between. Note there are two train stations at the base of the ski resort - Riksgransen & Katterjåkk (oft called Katterjokk) Search & book train tickets from Narvik, Kiruna or Stockholm to Riksgransen here.

The closest major Swedish airport is Kiruna (KRN) which has several daily flights from Stockholm. From the airport, a bus shuttle can take you directly to the ski resort or you can take your time and catch the train from the station in the Kiruna city centre. An alternative airport is Evenes (EVE) in Norway, also known as the Harstad-Narvik airport. It has flights via Oslo. A bus shuttle will get you to Narvik where the train can complete a journey to Riksgransen. Search & book flights to Evenes or Kiruna here.

Alternatively, for any true lovers of railway journeys, an overnight train makes the epic journey from Stockholm to Riksgransen and on to Narvik in Norway. The train leaves Stockholm at 5.30pm and arrives at Riksgransen at 11.40am the next day.

Riksgransen Accommodation

Riksgränsen has a small number of basic lodging options at the base of the lifts near the train stations at Riksgransen & Katterjåkk (a.k.a. Katterjokk). If busy, you may have to opt for a shared bunk room to get a bed. Så var det!

Search & book all Riksgränsen ski accommodation here.

Backcountry Skiing

Swedish Lapland has the top 10 highest mountains in Sweden, and most are in the range extending south of Riksgransen. The backcountry skiing options are endless. Use the ski 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 & face shots are all but guaranteed. Trips vary from half days with 3 drops or full 7-day 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. More information on heliskiing at Riksgransen is coming.

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 & June 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 (otherwise known as the Northern Lights).

The Northern Lights can be viewed from September to April. Whilst they can occur anywhere in the area, nearby Abisko National Park is touted as the best place in the world to see the phenomenon. You need a clear night with no light (artificial or moon!) & the right solar activity. The forecast for the northern lights (yep, there’s a forecast!) can be viewed here.

Abisko has a chairlift up to a purpose-built viewing area called the Aurora Sky Station. Dinner is available and comes accompanied with all the requisite ooohs & aaahs as the Aurora Borealis shimmers across the night sky. Operating dates for northern lights viewing are from late Nov to late March.

Nearby Ski Resorts

The Bjorkliden ski resort has a linked lift pass with Riksgransen and is 30km to the east. A 30min 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 1hr 15min and is not convenient if looking to use the ski lifts due to arrival & departure times.

Across the border in Norway, nearby Narvik has a stunningly located ski hill a step from the train station and overlooking the fjords. Called Narvikfjellet, the mountain has over 800m of lift served vertical - amongst the longest in Scandinavia.

We are reliably informed that the nearby Abisko chairlift (rising 500m vertical to the Aurora Sky Station) on Nuolja mountain has some excellent, lift served off-piste skiing and riding without any crowds. It has been described as Sweden’s version of La Grave – as in all freeride, no piste trails ( definitely doesn’t have the La Grave extreme terrain). Winter operating of the chairlift during the day is from late February to early May.

Review

The Powderhounds will endeavour to review Riksgransen in season 2020. More information is coming soon. Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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