April in Åre - Our Best Tips
April in Åre – the fifth season, a feast for all who love the mountains…It is in this month that our ski touring equipment, backpacks, spades, tinder boxes and lunch packages are plucked out from storage and packed for outings. We just wish to get out, enjoy the sun, the sorbet snow and achieving some quite unusual sun tans while we’re at it. Here are ten tips for activities in April in Åre
1. Dig a Sun Pit
For those of you who read the March-list, yes it was on there too. The sun pit is somewhat of an institution in the Nordic countries and so it is a must-do when the sun comes out during the fifth season. Bring fika, drinks, a small spade and a sit pad and get out there. Use the digital trail map Åre Trails to find your favorite trail, strap your skis on and whenever you feel like it, just diverge from the trail and find a nice spot to dig your pit. Do NOT forget sunglasses, a solid coating of sunscreen and an extra bag for the trash (leftover fika for example) that you need to bring home with you.
2. Take a Tour of the Town
Buy some lovely yarn, find a bargain, buy a souvenir, shop for recycled, or new, ski clothes, find a new style of clothing and enjoy lunch, fika and dinner. To walk around in Åre is a very nice way of spending the day. And remember, there’s more to Åre than what you can see around the square. Walk towards the church, take a longer route towards the lake, don’t miss Produkthuset and walk to the Swedish National Alpine Arena. Whenever you want, take a break at one of the coffee places or restaurants, or just have a sit-down at the square, in the park or wherever you feel like it.
3. Explore something new
Take a tour to the waterfalls Ristafallet and/or Tännforsen. Go alpine or cross-country skiing in Edsåsdalen, Vålådalen, Huså or Trillevallen. Visit the Fröå mining area (Fröå gruva) or go to Duved and explore the village, the slopes and the ski trails. You have many options if you’d like to see something other than central Åre. Check out Åre Trails for more information about cross-country and ski touring trails.
4. These Shoes Were Made for Walking – on Snow
Many probably associate snow shoes with the old wooden frames with ropes and leather bindings from the 1940s. But of course, snow shoes have developed just as other winter equipment. And snow shoe walking is a lovely way to enjoy the outdoors! Try it out with any of the providers below:
- Explore Åre (guiding & traditional colliers pancake)
- Åre Nature Adventures (guiding & wildlife scouting)
- Puls Camp Åre (guiding & Swedish fika)
- Vålådalens fjällstation (hiking on your own)
5. Walk Up – Ski Down
Ski Touring is the ultimate way for experiencing the fifth season – the period between winter and spring. When the weather is at its best, you can enjoy an easy tour up and feel the sun on your bare arms and still enjoy skiing cool, crystal snow on top. On your way down, the snow quality will gradually become more like sorbet than powder – it’s a wonderful skiing experience. If you feel unsure of going out for the first time it’s a good idea to book a guided tour, which you can find more information about here. You can also go ski touring in the ski area; See more here>>.
Ski Touring in April in Åre.
Touring is a great way of spending time in Åre.
Enjoy cold snow at the top and sorbet slush below.
A fika in a sun pit is the best fika there is.
6. Try ALL Takeaway
This might be difficult to achieve but, at least you might find a new favorite restaurant in the process. This year, most restaurants offer takeaway as an alternative for eating on site. Åre has a rich offering of different kinds of food so try a new place or order from your favorite. See the list here >>
7. Enjoy a Great Breakfast
Breakfast might not be the most important meal of the day, despite what some people claim, but it can certainly be the tastiest. And the best variant might be the one where someone else provides it. Find our tips on where to eat an enjoyable breakfast here.
8. Heat Up in the Sauna
In April, the temperatures might be rising but the chill can still creep under your skin, especially as April’s typical weather can vary from sunny and warm to snow storm and minus 10° C. So what’s more fitting than heating up in a sauna? Combine the experience with some yoga or just enjoy this Nordic tradition. See more here>>
9. Tour Around Mt. Åreskutan
The Åreskutan Runt trails is old and well-used and offers a fantastic tour both summer and winter. The circa 19 kilometres might not be an option for those who have never tried skiing before but with a little experience you can get around. Start in Ullådalen and take the trail around Västerskutan towards Bjelkes Gruva. If you wish to shorten the tour you can stop in Huså, otherwise, continue all the way around. Find out more about the tour at the digital trail map Åre Trails and read more about ski touring here.
10. Maximize the Season
The ski area and its lifts in Åre by will operate until May 2 and it is WORTH it to ski until the final lift chair has been parked. So make the most of the season and keep on skiing until the spring is definitely here. Make sure to check the opening hours at SkiStar’s website first hand.
Ski Area Closing Dates:
Duved April 11
Björnen April 18
Åre By May 2
Subject to change.
11. Åre Gastronomy Week 2021
This popular celebration of all things edible starts on April 12 and continues until the 18th. This week offers inspiration for everyone, never mind whether you’re a professional chef or a happy kitchen enthusiast. Due to the pandemic this year’s schedule will be a bit different as Åre Gastronomy focuses on digital experiences. One of the arenas is a TV studio where cook-alongs and lectures are just two of many examples of what will be on offer. There’s plenty more to explore during Åre Gastronomy Week 2021 so check out the full schedule here (in Swedish).
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Last updated 7 April 2021