Åre differs from its Alpine cousins in that it's softer and more
accessible but don't be fooled, there is plenty to challenge
advanced skiers. Friendly instructors will help beginners learn the
basics of snowploughing and stopping, while daredevil types can
take on the extreme freestyle options off piste or that eternally
popular option - heli-skiing.
Away from the main slopes around Mount Åreskutan, there is also
some extremely picturesque forest skiing down to a vast frozen
lake. Non skiers - and anyone feeling slightly intimidated by the
very cool Scandi types slaloming down the slopes chatting away on
their phones (don't try this at home!) - can try dog-sledding,
snowmobiling, snow shoeing trips under the Northern Lights, and
meeting the indigenous Saami people. Of course, no-one should leave
without experiencing that most Swedish of traditions, the sauna and
hot tub combo.
Åre is home to some excellent hotels, including the Copperhill Mountain
Lodge, and while the après-ski scene might not be as lively as
Verbier or The Three Valleys the resort is
home to plenty of superb restaurants and bars.