Åre Ski Resort Guide
Winter sports enthusiasts will not want to miss the picturesque and expansive Åre Ski Resort.
As Sweden’s largest ski resort, Åre has been home to over a hundred world cup ski events.
With its huge selection of accommodations, varied terrain and buzzing nightlife, Åre is the place to come for an unforgettable European ski holiday.
Located in Jämtland, Sweden, Åre is an easy 75 minute drive from the Ostersund airport or two and a half hours from the Trondheim airport in Norway.
This little mountain village may lack the charm found in some of the other ski villages, but it is more than made up for by the good-natured friendliness of the local Swedes – and the epic nightlife.
Åre is well known for its dozens of clubs and restaurants as well as the breath-taking views atop Mount Areskutan.
On the slopes
With 46 lifts and 99 slopes, there is literally something for every level of skier in Åre.
Since 1910, access to skiing here requires a ride up the steep slope on a funicular railroad.
With an overall average snow depth of 21” at the summit, Åre is rated among the top three best resorts for snow conditions in Sweden.
However, the upper slopes tend to get windy and this resort is, at times, plagued by rain and icy conditions.
Skiing season here is long, running from mid-November to early May. The best snow conditions tend to be found in December.
Åre has five diverse ski areas, (Duved, Tegefjäll, Rödkullen, Åre By and Åre Björnen) making it suitable for all levels.
If you are a thrill seeker who likes to bomb down the slopes on steep terrain, look no further than Åre By. Get ready for some serious leg-burn on some of these runs.
Åreskutan-Åre and Talabfahrt are both a whopping 6.5 kilometers (4 miles) long!
Åre Björnen has an abundance of spacious beginner and intermediate terrain.
The child-friendly restaurants here make Åre Björnen a great family ski area too.
The spacious slopes of Duved and Tegefjäll are also excellent for beginners and intermediate skiers.
If you are into ski jumping or boarding there are four terrain parks with gigantic jumps, rails and other features.
There is even an area called ‘the Garden’ which is illuminated with colour-changing lights.
For those that are looking for a lively night out, there are numerous nightclubs and bars to be found, especially in Åre By, which is well known as the place to party.
For an unforgettable night, try The Bygget, you won’t be disappointed with its three dance floors and hopping after-ski parties.
If you enjoy live bands you can’t go wrong with The Veranden, and Vinbaren Åre is packed full most nights with skiers that want a chance to sample wine from a world class menu.
There is no chance you will go hungry when visiting Åre. There are literally dozens of restaurants for visitors to choose from.
On the slopes, you can take a moment to relax on a sun porch with a spectacular view of the whole valley at Hummelstugan.
For something really special and unique there is Mr. Bramwell’s Wigwam where you can enjoy a beverage beside a cozy fire inside an actual teepee.
In the village you might want to check out the delicious food at Liten Krog where everything on the menu is good but the pizzas stand out as being especially amazing.
Or enjoy the relaxing ambiance and Mexican style tapas at Supper Åre.
Finally, Broken, with its laid back ambience and delicious American menu is always a favourite eating spot.
When it’s time for a little something sweet, do not miss stopping at Åre Chokladfabrik for a bit of decadence.
Here, you will find a giant selection of handmade chocolates.
Other activities include cross country ski trails, dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling ice driving on the frozen lake, paragliding from the top of Mt Areskutan, snow kiting and ice climbing.
For the less adventurous types, or if you just need a break, consider taking a day to shop and pamper yourself at one of the numerous spas in the area.