Its almost September, school’s IN and guess what ? Our thoughts are turning to skiing. Even now despite the travel chaos that has spoiled our summer hols, we’re daring to dream about the magical feeling of Christmas or New Year’s Day on the slopes. And be honest you are too!
This winter season if you’re thinking of heading off piste, away from the main crowded European ski resorts, how about a descent in Sweden or Norway?
ÅRE, SWEDEN (pronounced Or – ah)
Offering an international atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, world class food and a good mix of skiing is Åre, voted Sweden’s No.1 ski resort six times. Dotted with those quintessentially Swedish coloured timbered buildings, Åre offers the perfect family ski-scape. Its slopes total 105 and chair lifts 42; its ski season runs from mid November to May and it offers a good range of all round skiing for all types of skier. Best for family skiing is Åre Björnen. If you’re an in-betweener like us, the Duved pistes will appeal and if you’re a black Ninja skier then the runs from pretty Åre Village provide plenty of challenges.
Off piste and aprés, there’s plenty to do. Stop off for lunch at one of the dreamy hot spots and you’ll be forgiven for wanting to hibernate in the cosiness of a mountain cabin surrounded by wooden stoves, gas lamps and reindeer pelts. Hungry skiers in need of malt and meat will welcome the sight of Parkvillan where beer is brewed in the cellar. In the kitchen, the menu is composed according to the season and availability. If you like slow cooking, if you prefer green or if you’re scouring the universe for the ultimate burger, plant your ski poles here. Vinbaren is a snowball throw from the main cable car in the centre of the village and is the perfect spot for a nice long lunch which inevitably turns into aprés on the terrace….For families with young children there’s skiing through fairy tale forests, fun rides in the snow park and entertainment from Valle The Snowman.
Stay here: Copperhill Mountain Resort
Give yourself hygge and stay at the Copperhill Mountain Resort. Clad in Swedish pine and featuring natural materials throughout, Copperhill blends modern style and a warm pallette to create a feeling of luxurious comfort.
Of its 112 rooms, we love the Bronze doubles for their slate wet rooms and brushed pine flooring and the Silver Suites for their glass fronted bathrooms and egg shaped bath tub.
For large groups of friends or families wanting to make the most of Christmas or New Year togetherness especially after the trial separation that 2020 has dealt us, check out The Villa. The 16 people timbered private ski lodge is a haven of Scandi gorgeousness and comes compete with its own relaxation area, sauna, gym, cinema room. Private chef is optional and extra treat.
Copperhill’s Sami Spa is for all those in need of more than just hygge where treatments are given in TeePees on reindeer hides and where you can enjoy a private family spa in your own luxurious bubble bath complete with massages for all. How cool is that?
Other Boxes ticked
- Finishing touches like in-room DVD players, games consoles.
- Infinity pool and both indoor and outdoor hot tubs and saunas.
- Generous breakfast buffet.
- Niesti restaurant, offers a dishes inspired by ski resorts from Aspen to Japan.
- Go à la carte and book hotel’s Library restaurant. Its Vaajese tasting menu includes local fayre such as reindeer, arctic char and cloudberries.
- Sip cocktails, listen to live music in the Fireside bar and lounge.
- Location, location, location. It’s got its own drag lift and ski-in, ski-out access. Alternatively hop on the free shuttle bus to get down to Åre Björnen and back.
- Sun terrace
- Games room with pool table and table tennis
- Copper Kids club (during school holidays only)
- DVD and playstation game rentals
- In-house ski shop
- Ski room with lockers and heated boot rack
Family of four from (rooms sleeps up to five): £6023
Flying on 27 December from various airports for 7 nights on a half board basis
February half term…
Family of four from (rooms sleeps up to five): £7212
Flying on 14 February from various airports for 7 nights on a half board basis
Transfers are only 1 hour 30 minutes from Åre Östersund Airport
Offer: 30% off lift passes and equipment!
Norway’s largest mountain resort, Trysil, links over into Sweden connecting to Sälen and the Dalarna ski area. This pretty resorts caters well for beginners and intermediates whilst those in need of an adrenalin fix won’t be disappointed with the resorts easy access to Høgegga and its vertical black runs. The 68 slopes are served by a state of the art lift system which connects to a further 4 ski areas and 78km of piste, so there’s plenty of skiing to do. And when you’re not? Well sleigh rides and mushing with the huskies or horse rides through the snow will keep with the pace.
Like Åre, Trysil has its own share of fabulous eateries and fun aprés for all. Hungry skiers head to Stabben for its hearty pub dishes. The lavvo tent at Skihytta is popular, try its homemade goulash served in half a loaf of bread or the red wine fondue. Cosy à la carte can be found in Pilegrimin whilst the kids will love the retro American diner for the burgers served with bowling alley, Chill, Bowl & Dine is located in the Radisson Blu.
Stay here: Radisson Blu Resort
Aside from the 60’s diner experience, the Radisson Blu Resort is perhaps the all round stay for families in Trysil.
Big ticks in lots of boxes
- Flow Rider indoor surfing
- Climbing Walls
- Fitness centre
- Alpine Spa, Finnish Sauna
- 6 restaurants and bars including retro diner, causal food truck and International Brasserie T.
- Connecting rooms
- Apartments and suites for larger families
- Bowling alley
Family of four from: £3400
Flying on 27 December from London Heathrow for 7 nights on a Bed and breakfast basis
Transfers are 2 hours 30 minutes from Åre Oslo Airport
So when you are ready to piste off, we’re here to help you tick all those boxes so you can Ski with confidence and absolute reassurance.
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