I was in Sweden last week with the family for some Christmas skiing in Åre. It was a fantastic trip and was the first time I’d tried going so early in the season to Åre. I’d been to Vemdalen a couple of times in the first week of the new year, but here we arrived the week before Christmas on the 23rd December.
For once though we didn’t come via Stockholm. As I’ve written elsewhere it’s wonderful train journey up from Stockholm to Åre (although it’s a long long drive). Since we were coming over from London we were flying in, but I noticed that you can now get a direct flight from London to Trondheim. Although in Norway, Trondheim is very well connected to Åre by both road and rail. It took us less than 2 hours to drive across the border and it’s a spectacular drive right along the mountain pass between the 2 countries. I’d thoroughly recommend the trip just for the scenery along the way!
We checked into the Vargen group of apartments which are right next to the nursery slopes in Björnen as we were skiing with our children for the first time (well they were old enough to take lessons themselves for the first time would be a better descrption). This accomodation is booked and managed through Skistar, so it was easy to have everything pre-booked and ready to roll when you arrive. I absolutely love the service Skistar give, they just make everything so easy from start to finish and I’ve had many happy holidays arranged through them.
The lifts were open throughout the week as normal, although obviously there wasn’t much light with it being the shortest week of the year. There’s a snow guarantee from Skistar from the 23rd onwards, so although there was no huge amounts of snow cover, they were making snow whilst there and ensuring that there was skiing for everybody. Add to that a selection of Christmas activities and all in all you’ve got a great break.