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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Riksgransen3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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  • Vertical (m)
    522m – 909m (387m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    A lot!
  • Lifts (6)
    2 Chairlifts
  • Opening Times
    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 Pass Price (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

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 having 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 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 as well as Abisko in between.

The closest major airport is Kiruna which has three daily flights from Stockholm. From Kiruna airport a bus shuttle can take you directly to ski resort or you can take your time and catch the train from the city centre.

Alternatively, an overnight train makes the epic journey through the area 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 lodging options at the base of the lifts near the train station. If busy, you may have to go for a shared bunk room to get a bed.

Search & book all Riksgränsen ski accommodation here.

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. 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 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.

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 are from late Nov to late March.

Nearby Ski Resorts

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.

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 – all freeride, no piste trails. Winter operating of the chairlift during the day is from late February to early May.


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

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