The 5 Best Ski Resorts in Sweden

Ski resorts in Sweden aren't hard to find, but there are a few that are outstanding and offer a great wintry experience. Check the Swedish weather before you visit one of these ski resorts, and let's find out which alpine ski resort fits you best:

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    Ski Slopes in Are, Sweden
    ••• Ski Slopes in Are, Sweden. Image Bank SE H. Trygg

    Åre is a very popular ski resort in Sweden and also Northern Europe´s largest and most diverse alpine sport resort for all skill levels, especially advanced skiers. This resort is great for its size and variety of activities.

    Location: Central Sweden, 90 km (55 mi) west of Östersund or 150 km (93 mi) east of Trondheim, Norway.

    This ski resort offers 103 runs, 40 lifts, gondola lift, children's slopes ("ÅreBjörnen"), night skiing, slopes for all skill levels, snowmobile safaris, dog sleigh tours, ice fall climbing, and much more.

    Summer activities: Hiking, biking, climbing, along with activities on the river like canoeing, river rafting, and fly fishing.

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    Skiing in Sälen, Sweden
    ••• Skiing in Sälen, Sweden. Getty Images / Doug Pensinger

    This is another "big one" and probably the most popular resort among Swedes. It's a great spot for intermediate skiers. Sälen offers a total of six ski resorts in one, all of them interconnected with the four ski areas: Lindvallen, Högfjället, Tandådalen, and Hundfjället.

    Location: South-central Sweden, 90 km (55 mi) west of Mora, or 70 km (45 mi) east of the ski area Trysil in Norway.

    This ski resort offers 160 downhill runs, 9 contiguous green slopes, family skiing areas, 300 km cross-country skiing, a fun snowpark, snowboarding, and 100+ lifts.

    Summer activities: Fishing, hiking.

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    Vemdalen Ski Slope, Sweden
    ••• Vemdalen Ski Slope, Sweden. ©kgh2008

    Vemdalen is one of the smaller ski resorts in Sweden, but nothing to sneeze at. Snow is guaranteed here, and the slopes open as early as October! This ski resort consists of the areas Björnrike, Klövsjö/Storhogna, and Vemdalsskalet. Lots of nature here - I think it's beautiful.

    Location: Found in central Sweden, Vemdalen is about 120 km (75 mi) south of Östersund, and 160 km (100 mi) south of the Åre ski resort.

    This ski resort offers 53 slopes, 4 areas for children, 30 ski lifts, 3 snow fun parks, 52 km cross-country trails.

    Summer activities: Horseback riding, fishing, camping, swimming, and annual events.

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    Branäs: Quick to Reach

    Child Skiing in Sweden
    ••• Child Skiing in Sweden. Img Bank SE H. Trygg

    Aimed mostly at families and intermediate skiers, Branäs ("Ski Branäs Fritidscenter") is a nice, compact ski resort with lots of accommodation and snow assurance very early in the season and that the central location makes this a ski destination that's quick to reach.

    Location: South-central Sweden, just 180 km (110 mi) north of Karlstad. 100 km (60 mi) south of ski area Trysil, Norway, or 200 km (120 mi) northeast of Oslo, Norway.

    This ski resort offers family-oriented resort, snowboarding areas, 6 lifts, 18 pistes, snow guns, gondola lift, long intermediate slopes, children's skiing areas, and snow park.

    Summer activities: Mainly hiking and biking.

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    Tärnaby-Hemavan: Young and Crazy

    Snowboarding
    ••• Snowboarding. Getty Images / Clive Mason

    The ski resort of Tärnaby and Hemavan is one for adventurers. Winter sport activities include unusual stuff like heli-skiing! With all the activities and entertainment, Tärnaby/Hemavan attracts a younger crowd than the other ski resorts in Sweden. The Scandinavian nightlife here offers the best aprês-ski parties in Sweden!

    Location: North-western Sweden, 150 km (93 mi) northeast of Storuman, or 120 km (75 mi) southwest of Rana in Norway.

    This ski resort offers slopes for all skill levels, snowboarding, heli-skiing, dog-sledding, snowmobile safaris, aprês-ski nightlife in Hemavan.

    Summer activities: Fishing, hiking, biking.