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Sweden Ski Resort Guide

Why Sweden?

Holidaying in Sweden is a very different experience from the Alps. Being further north, snow cover is guaranteed by latitude, not attitude.

Several of Sweden’s ski resorts are within the arctic circle and stay open until June.

The ski areas in Sweden are smaller with fewer challenging slopes but good intermediate and beginners runs, nearly always on Pine tree-lined slopes. Off the slopes, there are plenty of other pass times other than skiing. These include cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobile safaris, ice climbing and dog sledging. Après ski is taken very seriously in Sweden, with live bands performing from mid-afternoon, not to mention the possibility of seeing the spectacular Northern Lights displays.

Daylight hours are shorter, but most ski resorts have some floodlit runs. By early February, Ski lifts normally operate between 09:00 and 16:30. By March it’s still light at 20:30.

Popular Resorts In Sweden

Skiing in Sweden is a real treat, the landscape looks very different from in the Alpine resorts and takes on a magical feel.

Sweden is located near the arctic circle, so the snow is always in good condition throughout the ski season. However, resorts like Ares are close enough for weekend skiing.

Demand among British skiers for Sweden is increasing, especially with families who are looking for more winter experiences than just skiing alone. The unspoilt landscape seems to go on forever and the slopes and lifts are rarely busy.

Sweden is one of the best locations to spot the Northern Lights, several hotels in the north offer viewing rooms with glass ceilings and provide guests with a wake-up call if requested when our planet makes its natural light show.

The options for non-ski activities in Sweden are huge, cross country skiing is more popular than downhill skiing and Sweden is a great place to try this high energy sport. The valleys have mile after mile of excellent terrain to explore.

Snowmobile safaris and dog sleigh rides are another top excursions, in some Swedish ski resorts, it’s possible to travel within the arctic circle. Children love ice fishing and there are always visits to see Father Christmas.

English is widely spoken, and all the ski instructors speak English too, but resort signs and menus are often only in Swedish. We have had very favourable feedback from guests, fish and venison are particularly popular you will even spot Elk on some menus.

Sweden is expensive, so expect to pay around £8 for a glass of wine.

  • Language
    Swedish
  • Resorts we feature
    1
  • Visas required
    None
  • Local time GMT
    +1 hours
  • Flight time (approx)
    4 hours
  • Currency
    Swedish Krona

Ideal Resorts

Families

Sweden is a popular choice with families, especially for families looking for more than just a ski holiday. The ski passes are good value compared to Alpine resorts in France or Austria.

Beginners

Ski runs in Sweden are shorter, than the alpine resorts further south. The longest run is 2.5km. The slopes for beginners are well-appointed and not too steep.

Intermediates

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders won’t be disappointed with the choice of skiing available in Sweden.

Experts

There is limited skiing to challenge good skiers.

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