Åre is a Swedish Mecca for winter sports enthusiasts.
In distant beautiful Sweden, in the north-western part of the country (Swedish province of Jomtland), there is a wonderful ski resort Are. The resort got its name from one of the local villages located here, thus making it famous all over the world.
The development of the Are area in the 18th century was associated with the copper industry, while tourism began to develop only at the end of the 19th century, with the advent of the railway here. In 1891, a tourist center was opened, a little later the Areskutan hotel and the Toppstugan guest house began their work. The cafe located in the house is still considered the highest alpine catering establishment in Sweden (it settled on the top of Mount Oreskutan, which rises to a height of 1420 meters above sea level).
The development of skiing, tobogganing and curling began here at the beginning of the 20th century, when a cable car (mountain tram Bergbana) was stretched into the mountains. But the first ski slalom club was opened only in 1935. 20 years later, in 1954, the Alpine Ski World Championships are held in Åre, and this is the moment of the resort's triumph, the finest hour, thanks to which it becomes famous all over the world. This event spurred the development of the area, and in the next 30 years chair lifts are being built in Åre (the Olympia lift was opened in 1989 by the Swedish king Carl XVI Gustav), a cable car with gondolas, the first snow cannons appear, and, of course, they are equipped modern ski tracks. In 2007, the next Alpine Skiing World Championship is held here, and two years later the British magazine "Conde Nast Traveler" names Are the best ski resort in the world.
Today, Are is a major center for skiing and tourist recreation, with a developed infrastructure, high-quality tracks and various entertainment for every taste of vacationers.
The resort is a series of cottage settlements with hotels scattered on the mountain slopes along the Oreshen lake spreading below - Tegefjell, Ore-Bjornen, Ore-Byu, Duved. The four ski areas have the same names, in addition to them there is also the Rödkullen ski area.
Here you can find 95 skiing tracks, conventionally differing in color: blue, red, black and green. The total length of the ski slopes of the Swedish Åre is 97 kilometers, while the length of the longest slope is 6.5 kilometers. The maximum elevation difference in Åre does not exceed 890 meters, and the highest mountain point, on which one of the ski slopes is located, is recorded at 1274 meters above sea level.
All this skiing beauty is served by 46 lifts of all types (gondolas, simple and drag cabins, and funiculars), the average capacity of each of which is 1000 people per hour (maximum - up to 3 thousand people). Fans of extreme non-sports entertainment, by the way, can ride in Åre on the Zipline cable car, the capsule speed of which reaches 70 km/h, and this is at an altitude of 60 meters from the ground!
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The largest ski resort in the country is Are, located in the western part of Central Sweden near the border with Norway at a distance of 620 km from Stockholm.
The closest airport is Ostresund, where the charter from Russia lands in the best seasons.
The resort is located at the foot of the wooded mountains, the highest of which is Oreskutan - 1429 meters above sea level.
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Back in 2008, the Swedish ski resort of Are was ranked first among the ski resorts in the world in the annual ranking conducted by the international magazine Conde Nast Traveler.
The first time you arrive in Åre, you will certainly notice the special atmosphere that reigns here. This is a mood that cannot be described in words. Everyone here feels at home, whether they want to purchase the most modern ski equipment or just enjoy the sun while sitting by their mountain hut.
A friendly youth group won't get bored here, as Ore offers so much more than a world-class resort. There is a nightlife here with tons of bars, restaurants and clubs and entertainment. Whether it's dancing the night away or enjoying a gourmet meal in a relaxed environment, there are many options.
All parts of the resort are connected with each other by bus routes that provide traffic in accordance with the timetable.
Ore is a well-equipped modern resort with a European level of service, including careful preparation of the slopes with snow groomers, lighting a large number of trails at night, snowing with artificial snow with snow cannons on all major trails (although this is not particularly necessary: natural snow lies on the slopes all season long).
There are equally good opportunities for downhill and flat skiing in Åre. A snow park is open for snowboard lovers. Skiers have at their disposal beautiful long and wide slopes. The lifts are united into a system common for the resort of Are. All hotels and apartments are located next to the ski lifts.
In the winter in Sweden, you can go skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, or find any other winter sport you like.
Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow parks? Sweden has resorts, slopes, skis for a wide variety of skiing styles and for a wide variety of people. What is not there is the queues at the lifts. In winter, you can go skiing almost anywhere in Sweden! With over 100 ski resorts, it will surely be difficult to choose where to go, so here's a short list of the best places to visit in snowy Sweden just for you.
Åre in central Sweden is the largest and most impressive sports resort in Northern Europe, offering almost all skiing options and a huge selection of other winter sports. Sweden is generally considered to have the best ski runs, and part of the Åre-Björnen resort is great for beginners.
Åre offers impressive pistes exclusively for professionals (the so-called black pistes) and very challenging off-piste slopes. The resort is home to the Skistar Snow Park Åre. There are also places for skiing for children and beginners. Are and Duved resorts, 10 kilometers apart, have world-class ski slopes for snowboarding, telemark, carving and heli-skiing.
In addition to skiing, there are many other activities such as snowmobile safaris, dog sledding, rock climbing and much, much more.
Ore is famous for its nightlife. In the rest of Europe, you will not find places like this where evening events are as energetic throughout the entertainment season. Bars and live music venues, Tott, Fjällgården and Åregården hotels are packed with visitors from 3pm. Restaurants and cafes offering high service create their own unique city in miniature.
The Riksgränsen resort benefits from the almost complete absence of trees and a landscape park on its territory, i.e. the place itself is quite far to the north. We'll talk mainly about off-road vehicles in Sweden's northernmost ski resort, where you can see the polar lights in winter and snowboarding in a T-shirt in the summer in the midnight sun. It is rare to find a more exotic snowboarding activity compared to other places.
Kläppen in the province of Dalarna, central Sweden, has won the title of Sweden's best snow park multiple times for having several parks that welcome beginners, experts and professionals. There are four parks, depending on your skill level.
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