Sweden’s biggest single resort, Are, Sweden spans along the frozen Lake Aresjon. The location is redolent of St Moritz but much more remote. Are is a beguiling community, having traditional wooden buildings painted in the customary russets and yellows. Away from the slopes, the distinct main square, where a dozen or more restaurants have sprung up, is the central point.
The ski resort is divided into four regions – Duved, Tegefjall, Are and Are Bjbrnen – with almost 100 pistes. The 40 lifts include Sweden’s sole cable-car. A lot of the skiing is easy, but you’ll find some challenges too, including the Slalombacken, the Skogis run across the forest at Bjornen and a World Cup downhill course. You’ll come across 17 mountain eateries. Ulladalsstugan and Hummelstugan are highly recommended. For some snack with a difference, proceed to the bottom of Stendalen where you’re expected to come upon Lapps dishing out reindeer burgers, sandwiches, coffee and pastries from benches directly in front of their goahtes (tepees).
The Hotel Diplomat Aregarden is right in the center of Are and close to the lifts, shops, restaurants and bars. Some good hotels include the Holiday Club located by the lake, the slope-side Fjallgarden and the Park Inn Tott.
One outstanding restaurant would be the Villa Tottebo, a cozy old hunting lodge. The fish is fantastic, and the specialty is reindeer fillet. Sweden’s northerly ski area is quite close to Norway that you are able to ski across the border. Because of its position, on the north-west tip of Swedish Lapland, Riksgransen’s ski season does not actually start until February when there are enough daylight hours. Almost 250km beyond the Arctic Circle, this is not your normal resort – a dedicated off-piste venue having little activity off the slopes. Nineteen groomed runs are there for the taking- having names like Lammeln (Lemming) and Fjallraven (Arctic Fox) – but Riksgransen is known mainly for its off-piste. Snowboarders rate it quite high.
Almost all of the apres-ski action happens at the only hotel, the Riksgransen, which is actually the resort. You will find a bar, snooker, bands, large dance floor, DJ and live music during weekends, and the award-winning Lapplandia restaurant, featuring terrific views across the lake.
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