Photo: Niclas Vestefjell
10 x Tips to Åre in January
The first month of the new year is here. Days are getting longer and the sun is starting to find its way down to the village again, from hanging low behind the mountains for some time. Skiing is of course on the agenda this month, but there is so much more to catch up with. Here are our ten best Åre Tips for January!
8 in 8:an
A real classic among the early morning locals. Basically, it means that you should be at the VM8:an lift at 08:00, ready to take the first lift up and ready to enjoy the newly-prepared corduroy in the Gästrappet and Lundsrappet slopes. For an extra bonus, grab a cup of coffee in the new Kaffebaren Åre while you wait for the lifts to open and you might even catch the sunrise.
So, 08.00 at the VM8:an (or rather 7.30 for a chance at the first lift chair) Be there!
Hang on to your New Year’s Resolution
Do you belong to those who, when the clock struck midnight, promised themselves to start running this year? Maybe everyday life has come to a head and it’s been an uphill battle to lace up your shoes and head out into the winter darkness? The trick is to sign up for a race, cause then there’s no excuse to skip your training.
During the summer, many trail and multi-sport competitions are organized in Åre with classes for all types of runners. During the Fjällmarathon Week, for example, you can choose from 11 different races – ranging from 7 km easier trail run to a challenging 43 km and 2100 altitude meters. So, switch out the asphalt to rolling trails in our beautiful mountains this summer. Find YOUR new goal here!
A fun and comfortable way to get out and experience the mountain is by snowmobiling. The tour goes on winding snowmobile trails through snow-capped forests and magnificent landscapes with a huge sense of freedom.
Åreguiderna, JF Skoter, Puls Camp Åre, JA Event and Åre Nature Adventure offer slightly different arrangements. Some tours are for two hours while others are a full day. The lunch can consist of something tasty that you make over open fires in the mountains or a steady meal at the mountain restaurants. Whether you are used to driving a snowmobile or just a curious beginner, there are tours to suit everyone. Enjoy!
Plan and book this winter’s events
The events calendar is packed during the winter in Åre. There is full focus on food during Åre Gastronomy Week. The cross-country elite come here during the Ski Tour. We have a World Cup in slalom, giant slalom and parallel slalom for the world’s best alpine ladies. And of course, we have loads of other fun skiing competitions, everything from Skutskjutet for the whole family to the crazy downhill race Red Bull Homerun with mass start on Mt. Åreskutan where the first one down to the après-ski at Timmerstugan wins. And in normal order, we have the world’s best season ending in the form of Åre Sessions – four days and nights filled with concerts, skiing and activities. Check out the entire event calendar.
Photo: Niclas Vestefjell
Photo: Åre Sessions
Go cross country skiing
In Årefjällen there are plenty of well-prepared tracks of various kinds. Challenging exercise or just for pleasure? The Åre Trails digital guide contains all the cross country tracks in Årefjällen with information on the distance of the tracks, temperature, track profiles and daily track status. If you are aiming to get in top shape this year this can be the best tips to Åre in January.
I Årefjällen finns det gott om välpreparerade spår av olika karaktär. Utmanande träningsrunda eller bara njutåkning? I den digitala guiden Åre Trails finns Årefjällens alla längdspår med information om längd på spåren, temperatur, spårprofiler samt daglig spårstatus. Siktar du på Vasaloppet kan det här vara ett hett tips till Åre i januari.
Lunch on the slopes
Take a well-deserved break on the slopes. Rest your tired ski legs while replenishing with new tasty energy. The range of restaurants on the slopes is wide and varied, there’s something for everyone. How about crispy waffles, classic goulash, à la carte with Jämtland ingredients, wicked hamburgers or just a good cup of coffee? Here are our top tips for the restaurants on the slopes.
A real après-ski in the village that largely introduced the phenomenon in Sweden does not go unnoticed – dance with your ski boots on to live music and have a real party. Rumour has it that people come her to rent ski boots just to go to Åre’s après-ski…
Now, not all après are of the crazy type, there are also plenty of relaxed bars as well. To help you find the one that suits you, we have put together a guide to Åre’s après-skis.
It is usually said that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. That may be true, but sometimes you actually have no desire to be outdoors. So, here’s the perfect guide for you who would rather stay inside.
Are you in the process of booking a trip to Åre? Our absolute best tip is to take the train that rolls right into the village. It’s not only climate smart; it is also time efficient. If you take the night train you can have dinner on the train, sleep well and wake up rested in the middle of the village ready for a day full of activities.
The Snälltåget overnight train runs from Malmö via Stockholm to Åre. SJ runs direct day trains from Stockholm as well as night trains from both Stockholm and Gothenburg – every day. And Norrtåg runs to Åre from both Sundsvall and Trondheim. Isn’t that great?
Taste something new
Åre exploded with new restaurants during the fall of 2019. Everywhere you looked there was carpentry, relocations, designing, decorating and new entrance signs have been set up on many restaurant facades. So, this winter, Åre’s restaurant map has been redesigned with many new exciting concepts and several changes of ownership – here’s the full list of places to eat.
Last updated 21 February 2020