This week the specialists from skiSweden have been in touch to share their guide to skiing in Sweden, so that you and your family can have the skiing holiday of a lifetime.
Swedish ski resorts as a rule are very family friendly. The Scandinavian’s love spending time outdoors, and in winter that often requires some kind of modified footwear, whether that’s skis, cross-country skis, snoeshoes, a snowboard, or even a husky sled. This love of the outdoors is started young, and wherever you go for your skiing holiday in Sweden, you’ll see tiny totts on skis shortly after they can stand, or pulled along in special sleds behind their cross-country skiing parents.
Even so, different resorts are better for different families, depending on your ages, abilities, or what else you fancy doing while you’re here. Of course, you can always contact skiSweden for a tailor-made suggestion, but here is our rough guide on where to head for different families.
Scroll down for skiing holiday advice for young families, older families and families looking for an adventurous skiing holiday.
Skiing holidays for young families
Taking your young family on holiday can be a bit daunting, but if you’re heading to Sweden you can rest assured that your whole family will have a blast. Most importantly you can be certain that your young budding skiers will be raring to come back again next year. At skiSweden we find that the foundations for a young family ski holiday are: location, ski schools, and something to do off the slopes (because little legs get tired quickly).
Salen Lindvallen has all of these key factors and more, and is one of our favourites for young families and first-time skiers.
Location: The resort is conveniently located for direct flights from the UK (you’ll fly into Oslo and cross the border on your transfer) making getting there stress free. The accommodation and facilities are clustered near the base of the slopes and the ski school meeting point, so once you’re checked in you don’t have to worry about busses or carting gear across the resort.
Ski school: The ski school is high-quality with a good choice of lesson types and English speaking instructors. The ski school meeting point is easy to get to and is just a short walk from most of the accommodation. Make sure you book your lessons early, as the lessons do sell out, especially in the school holiday periods.
The skiing: Sälen Lindvallen is part of the larger Sälen ski area, which is the largest ski area in Sweden skiable on one ski pass. Sälen is excellent for beginner and intermediate level skiers, and has some more challenging areas if you’ve skied before and want a quick blast while the little ones are in ski school.
Other things to do: When young legs are too tired to ski, you can head to the fantastic Experium complex, where you’ll find a pool and spa, bowling, soft play areas, a cinema and lots of restaurants. If that isn’t quite enough there are also other great activities available in resort, like husky sledding through the scenic fells.
Skiing holidays for older families
Older families have their own challenges as you balance everyone’s holiday needs, and potentially tumultuous hormones, to have a fantastic holiday. Location, ski schools and things to do are all still important aspects of a skiing holiday for older families, but their relative importance shifts slightly.
For older families, we suggest staying in vibrant Åre Village, where you can ski the extensive Åre ski resort.
Location: Åre is under 2 hours from the nearest airport with direct flights from London, meaning this is super convenient for bus transfers or hire car. Åre Village is an established lakeside town, reminiscent of the traditional ski resorts you’ve seen in the Alps, and you’ll find a lively atmosphere with plenty for your older children to do. There is a selection of funky town centre hotels that are a short walk to the base of the slopes, with a couple of ski-in/ski-out options that are based a short stroll above the village.
Ski schools: The ski school here is great, with a selection of group and private lessons available all taught by highly regarded, English speaking instructors. The meeting point is on the slopes, so you’ll either need to ski there, or take the bus from town, so its important everyone can carry their own equipment, or that you’ve skied before. Again, lesson times do sell out, and take in consideration how you want to get to the meeting point when you pick your times.
The skiing: Åre ski resort is one of the most extensive in Sweden with a great selection of slopes for all abilities. Staying in Åre village is most suited for intermediate skiers and above. Older families who haven’t skied before could consider Åre Björnen, where the ski school meeting point is easier to reach from the accommodation and the larger beginner’s areas are located. Björnen is a bit quieter than the main village, so keep that in mind when you’re deciding.
Things to do: You’re based in town so there is lots to get involved in after you’ve finished on the slopes. There are also some great activities on offer in the surrounding area, including husky sledding, snowmobiling, zip lining and ice driving on the frozen lake.
Ski in Åre village from £857 per person for 7 nights in the Åre Square apartments on a self-catered basis, including direct flights and transfers. Based on a departure on the 11th Feb from LGW.
Skiing holidays for active families.
Active families of all ages will really enjoy skiing in Idrefjäll, an independent ski resort about an hour north of Sälen. The skiing is really nice, and everything is in reaching distance of all the centrally located accommodation, including ski school, husky sledding, horse sleigh rides, swimming and loads more.
Older families looking to explore the more adventurous side of skiing could consider heading further north and sample the ski slopes of Swedish Lapland. Björkliden and Riksgränsen are renowned for their epic powder, ski-touring and also give a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Flights to the north of Sweden are generally via Stockholm, but the chic capital city of Sweden is a great place for a stop-over if you have the time.
For personalised suggestions, tailor-made for your family you should get in contact with skiSweden. The team will be more than happy to talk through your requirements and ideas, and will put together a hand-crafted proposal for you. Give skiSweden a call on 0207 199 6011, or you can send them an email and they’ll get back to you.