Åre

Åre is Swedens most famous ski resort. Not as far north as you might expect it is still a long way from Stockholm or Gothenburg. Travel there can be done by flying to the nearby airport and taking the bus or the more enjoyable Night Train, sleeping in a cabin and waking up at 8am on arrival in Åre ready to ski.

The town is a decent size and has a number of restaurants to recommend it, it also has a lot of places to buy gear and clothes and the town sits along side the river, giving it, in the summer, a pleasant view. 

The resort itself is a good size, nothing close to the Alps but with enough unique runs to keep you occupied for a long weekend or a 5 day trip. The weather at the summit can be bitingly cold with the wind, and considering its location is much further north than the Alps, it is easy to assume that late season will be warmer than it actually is. Unlike Norway, the runs are really on high hills rather than mountains. 

There are a few hotels actually on the slopes, though these book up very early.


Duved


To the north of Åre is the town of Duved, much smaller, and with its own small slopes, though most people will head to Åre for their skiing. Accommodation is easier to find here and is cheaper, but you will find that what you save, gets spent on taxis to and from Åre unless you are very organised to take the infrequent bus service. 

I enjoyed staying at the pensionat in Duved more than the hotel at the foot of the Åre runs, even with the additional travel complications.