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Photo: Niclas Vestefjell

Åre Kabinbana – the fastest way up

About seven minutes later, you’re 1274 meters above sea level with views over the mountains of Jämtland. Åre Kabinbana makes Mt. Åreskutan Sweden’s most accessible high mountain.

The kabinbana (cable car) was built as part of the Åre project in 1972. The government decided to spend money to create a ski area in Åre, so even “ordinary” people had the money and opportunity to go skiing.

860 vertical metres in 7 minutes

Åre Kabinbana’s valley station is just above Åre square at 421 meters above sea level. In the kabinbana station there are workshops, office spaces, a coffee shop, ticket sales and a control room. Each cable car holds a capacity of 75 people in perfect weather conditions. Departures are every 20 minutes or continuously when the queues are long. The journey up to 1274 meters above sea level takes about 7 minutes. Dogs are welcome in one of the cable cars, just make sure to keep it on a leash while on the mountain.

Food, beverages and top climbing

In the mountain station there is a heat station and the café Basecamp, which is open when the cable car is running. During peak season, Toppstugan is also open with lighter dishes. It is located at Mt. Åreskutan’s peak at 1420 meters above sea level. Do some top touring or be towed up by a snowmobile during the winter and  follow the hiking trails during the summer.

When the cable car was born

The building of Åre kabinban began in February 1975 with a smaller transport line that would transport the workers and the material up to the mountain station. The cable car pillars were in place in June and the wire followed in the winter. That winter was one of the worst in Åre’s memory and the workers from Switzerland were snowed in on several occasions for a few days in top of the barracks before they could continue working. Around Easter, just before inspection, one of the wires came loose and a new one was ordered. Nobody was injured but the deployment scheduled for Easter had to be postponed and the cable was finally ready for transportation in the fall of 1976.

Technical data and curiosities

The two cabins run simultaneously in two directions . When one gets up, the other goes down. The booths themselves hang in two wire cables, each weighing 43 tons and are 3190 meters long. They are then pulled up electrically by means of a circular dragline. Pillars anchored into the earth are necessary to hold up the cables over a long stretch of 2900 metres.

The cables that carry the cable car run through four 40-60 meter high steel pillars that stand on concrete foundations anchored in the mountain. The supports are designed to withstand defrosting and winds up to 70 m/s.

Last updated 21 February 2018