Sälen Ski Resort

Sälen is the base resort for four small ski areas, which combine together to form a 151km network of pretty, tree-lined slopes in the Swedish hills.

To experience the best of this resort it is worth hiring a car as it gets you around the different ski areas with ease, and also makes the airport journey much quicker. Each area is best suited to beginner and intermediate skiers and riders, with modest vertical and few steep slopes – making this ideal for families. Just note that many of the lifts are draglifts, although recent investment has led to the construction of several fast chairlifts. Away from the slopes, 250km of cross country trails and numerous other activities make this a great destination for non-skiers.

Much of the accommodation can be found in self-catered cabins, dotted around the forests in between the various ski areas. Local supermarkets can be found at each of the bases, but you may want to consider picking up provisions on the way from the airport.

Our Sälen Resort Ratings

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Pros

Good range of beginner and intermediate terrain

Each ski area is different, giving nice variety

Wide range of options when it comes to off-slope activities

Cons

Ski areas are a drive away from each other

Very modest vertical – maxing out at 387m

Lift system improving but dominated by surface drags

Sälen Skiing and Snowboarding

Kläppen is the first ski area you’ll see if driving up from Stockholm, lying just to the south of Sälen. Its self-contained 32km area of slopes is served by a gondola and there is a good mix of slopes, including a big terrain park and a few blacks, as well as a raft of beginner runs.

Lindvallen is the closest resort to the centre of Sälen and is home to the best beginner zone in the area. The lower slopes are full of gentle green slopes and easy draglifts, while greater challenges can be found higher up. It is also linked to a further area of gentle runs at Högfjället.

The largest area is the linked Tandådalen and Hundfjället zone, which covers 45km of groomed runs. At the former, two fast chairs and several drags serve some steeper slopes, many of which are floodlit at night, while at the latter an impressive lift fleet that includes two 8-seater chairs serves arguably the steepest terrain in the area – particularly the runs to Vaggen.

The fourth area of Stöten lies almost right on the Norwegian border and is a little further away, but this too is a great beginner hill. Some steeper runs, including a World Cup slalom piste do exist, however this family friendly hill is very much geared towards beginners.

  • Total Pistes: 151km
  • Green: 28%
  • Blue: 28%
  • Red: 26%
  • Black: 18%
  • Lifts: 126
  • Altitude: 420m – 830m

Sälen Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Sälen Resort

Most accommodation can be found in scenic and rustic cabins in the woods along the valley between Sälen and Stöten. These are mostly self-catered, so make sure you pick up supplies on the way – having a car here is important. There are some lodges and hotels at the foot of the hills, which are worth considering if you have young children and are less likely to explore the area ski areas in the region.

Off the slopes, there is a huge amount to do and this is a major attraction of venturing up to Sweden for your ski holiday. Cross country skiing is as big here as downhill skiing and in fact there are 250km of prepared trails in the region (99km more than downhill routes), so many people never even step foot on a chairlift.

How to get to Sälen

Oslo or Lillehammer airports over the border in Norway are the closest to Sälen – both lie approximately 3 hours to the west. It is possible to drive from Stockholm, but the drive takes around 5 hours..

  • Lillehammer airport: 3 hours
  • Oslo airport: 3 hours
  • Stockholm airport: 5 hours

Sälen Contact Details

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