The rolling Swedish hills serve up consistently snowsure skiing and a raft of off slope activities, making this country a great bet for a family skiing holiday. A lot of investment has been piled in to the biggest resorts – building new hotels, new chairlifts (a welcome change from the drag-lift dominated resorts of old) and new mountain restaurants.

Åre is Sweden’s biggest, most popular and most famous resort having hosted numerous Alpine Ski World Championships and regular World Cup Races. It is also home to the largest vertical drop in a country not blessed with the tallest mountains in Europe, plus a huge frozen lake that becomes an activity hub throughout the winter. Sälen is also a popular choice and the resorts of Idre Fjäll, Hemavan and Tänndalen are gaining popularity every year.

Much of the terrain is suited to beginners and intermediates, making this a great place for learners and families, especially given the prevalence of good-value, family-orientated hotels. These make for a great base for your holiday and will also act as a great hub for exploring the other wintry delights of Sweden – think cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Food and drink here is appreciably cheaper than across the border, but it is still comparable, if not slightly more expensive than in the Alps. Quality and variety has definitely risen in recent years too, which is great news. Après ski can also be a lively affair, especially at weekends and as the days get longer in the spring time when the sunny bar terraces really come into their own.

Getting to the resorts is a slight drawback, with long transfers unfortunately an issue for most ski areas. If you’re visiting a resort further south, then Oslo might be the best bet, but if Åre is your destination then consider either Trondheim or Östersund are better airports to fly in to.


Very snowsure and long ski seasons

Pretty, tree-lined ski trails good for bad weather

Good value, especially for families and when booking packages

Relaxed, friendly atmosphere at all resorts


Long airport transfers to most resorts

Weather can be bitterly cold and cloudy days are common

Limited vertical and quite a lot of small ski areas

Still a lot of slow drag-lifts, despite new chairlifts

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