11 major resorts from Värmland to Lapland, with map – plus a few more
Sweden has a long alpine season. Depending on weather conditions, downhill slopes in central and northern Sweden may be open from mid-November until the end of May (even longer in Riksgränsen, see below). In recent years the industry has invested heavily in new runs, lifts, accommodations, and entertainment venues. Record guest numbers have been reported from almost all major Swedish ski resorts, even during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Åre in Jämtland hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2019, which gave Sweden another boost as a ski destination (this was the second time around for Åre, after 2007). The new Scandinavian Mountains Aiport in Sälen, Dalarna will likewise help to attract more international winter tourists.
In this article, we don’t want to give you an exhaustive list of all the ski slopes in every part of Sweden (you’ll find a link for that at the end of this article). There are many shorter slopes in small municipalities around the country. Some of them are only open during the Christmas season and during the Swedish sports holidays in early February. These slopes are usually not of any greater importance to tourists.
Instead, we will stick to the big resorts here and give you some basic facts about them. Moreover, we link to their official websites and to accommodation on Booking.com so that you can check rates and availability (not just for hotel rooms but many times also for cabins, huts, apartments, and hostels). We’ve also prepared a map, see below.
New ski resorts
For the first time in almost 30 years, we got a completely new ski resort in the 2019/2020 season. It is Idre Himmelfjäll in Dalarna. Moreover, Dundret in Gällivare, Lapland re-opened as Nya Dundret, the “new Dundret”. We haven’t added them to our list and map yet because we would like to wait and see how they are doing in their first seasons – and in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Most of these resorts are also popular during the summer. Activities include hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Accommodation is usually cheaper than in winter.
1. Branäs (in Värmland)
Easy to reach, just two hours from Karlstad by Lake Vänern and five hours from Gothenburg. Families with children like to ski here. 29 slopes, 21 lifts, 3 kid’s areas, 20 km of cross-country trails.
Hotels in Branäs
2. Skistar Sälen (in Dalarna)
The Sälenfjällen area is Sweden’s largest alpine destination. About 420 km from Stockholm. In the autumn of 2018, you will be able to fly nationally and internationally, regular and charter, to a new airport in Sälen. The area (with Idre Fjäll, see below, and the Norwegian destinations Trysil and Engerdal) will then be marketed as the “Scandinavian Mountains”.
SkiStar Sälen consists of four ski areas:
Together the four areas offer varied skiing on 102 slopes. 87 lifts. Experium in Lindvallen with water park, indoor surfing, 3D cinema, bowling, shopping, food, and spa treatments. There is also a gym and playland in the building.
SkiStar Sälen has been voted as best Swedish ski resort 2019.
Hotels in Sälen
3. Kläppen, Sälen (in Dalarna)
Kläppen lies south of Sälen, the first of the three Sälen resorts if you come from Malung in the south. The resort is family-run but has nevertheless invested a lot into new lifts. Kläppen is the 6th biggest alpine ski resort in Sweden. 37 slopes, 21 lifts. Highest peak is 655 metres.
Hotels in Kläppen, Sälen
4. Stöten, Sälen (in Dalarna)
Stöten lies northwest of Sälen, towards the Norwegian border. 36 slopes, 18 lifts. Highest peak is 360 metres.
Hotels in Stöten, Sälen
5. Idre Fjäll (in Dalarna)
40 slopes. Skiing in four directions. With Dalarna’s steepest hill. About 500 km from Stockholm.
Hotels in Idre Fjäll
6. Vemdalen (in Härjedalen)
Vemdalen consists of the following ski areas:
58 slopes, 35 lifts. About 500 km from Stockholm.
Hotels in Vemdalen
7. Funäsfjällen/Funäsdalen (in Härjedalen)
136 slopes. 60 peaks over 1,000 metres. 300 km of world-class cross-country trails (“Nordic Ski Center”). Claims it’s Scandinavia’s largest ski region, with four major destinations:
About 600 km from Stockholm.
Hotels in Funäsfjällen/Funäsdalen
8. Åre (in Jämtland)
Repeatedly voted as Sweden’s best ski resort. 89 slopes, 42 lifts, including a cable car to the magnificent Åreskutan mountain. With the the following three areas:
- Åre Village
- Åre Björnen
Åre is easy to reach via the Åre Östersund airport. There are direct flights from London and direct flights from Copenhagen. Flights from Berlin started in 2019. (So was the situation before the Covid-19 pandemic – let’s see what happens after.)
Of course, flights from Stockholm are available as well.
Åre was voted as best Swedish ski resort six times in a row, 2013 – 2018.
Hotels in Åre
9. Kittelfjäll (in Lapland)
This is freeride paradise. Kittelfjäll is best known for heli-skiing and off-piste. There are just 4 lifts but 42 slopes. Easiest to get here is via the airport in Vilhelmina.
Hotels in Kittelfjäll
10. Hemavan Tärnaby (in Lapland)
These are two resorts with 50 slopes in total. About 18 km between the two villages, with a joint ski pass. The destination has its own airport with connections to Stockholm. Ingemar Stenmark and Anja Pärson grew up here.
Hotels in Hemavan Tärnaby
11. Riksgränsen (in Lapland)
On the border between Sweden and Norway, way up north. Only 6 lifts but 29 slopes. Off-piste: “A lot.” Unusual season: end of February until end of May or later. You can go skiing in the midnight sun if you come late in the season – this is truly unique.
Hotels in Riksgränsen
Map with the 11 best ski resorts in Sweden
Coming from Stockholm?
More info about ski resorts in Sweden
- All 256 Swedish ski resorts, with map
- Ski Resorts of Sweden, with Deepest Snow Today, and Most Forecast Snow
Stöten in Sälen, Dalarna
Åre photo on the top of the page: SkiStar/Karl Hägglund; last photo: Stöten i Sälen, via VisitSweden DK