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Find your top shape in the 10k track in Björnen.

Photo: Anette Andersson

Get in long distance shape in Åre

Get in your top shape cross country skiing in Åre. It’s important to get in as many miles under your belt before skiing long-distance cross country tours. Listed below is a couple of tracks perfect for building up your strength.

# 10K in Björnen

Here’s a decent track to train both double poling and endurance on. The 10 km track in Björnen is relatively friendly in the sense that it offers fairly long and steep uphill slopes and fairly long and steep downhill slopes. They’re extra friendly if you choose to follow the signs “easier way out on the tracks” and “easier way home”.

Variations: Since the 10 km track starts and ends with the 3 and 5 km tracks, there can be a lot of people right at the beginning and at the end. Another option is to turn onto the 15 km track. The 5 km loop starts and ends at the same place so if you want, take a few laps before returning to the Track Centre.

Lit tracks: The whole 10 km is not entirely lit so when it’s dark, take the 5 km track. A tip is to run the last loop (where the tracks meet on the way to and from) a few times before returning to the Track Centre. The tracks are lit between 07:00 – 22:00.

# 10K in Duved

Here’s a really nurturing track. We usually say that the 7 km track in Duved is like the 10 km in Björnen. Add a couple extra kilometres on top and you’ve got yourself a slightly more challenging mile. The 10k track in Duved is an actual 10.5 km and the 10k in Björnen is 9.9 km. So, the track in Duved is all about building your fitness and stamina and there are some really good stretches for double poling in Duved too.

Variations: If you want to hit it a little harder, add an extra loop out to 15 km track. You’ll have a great uphill with an added bonus of being nearly completely alone.

Lit tracks: The tracks in Duved are lit up till the 7km track between 07:00 – 22:00. But, since the 7 km in Duved is like the 1 mile in Björnen, it’s a great training alternative outside daylight hours.

NOTE! You need a track card to for cross country skiing in Åre. The same track card is valid for all tracks in Duved, Ullådalen and Björnen. Some SkiPass includes track cards. See SkiStar’s website for more information.

Fine tuning technique.

Don't forget to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Björnen offers excellent training conditions.

Take a break!

# Basically everything in Vålådalen

So, we promised to list some tracks, but in neighbouring Vålådalen almost every track is suitable for building your long-distance endurance. In addition, Vålådalen is the official Vasaloppscenter with great knowledge of what it takes to master the renowned Vasaloppet race tracks from Sälen to Mora.

Go hard on the lit tracks, build up your fitness on the Interval track (3 km), challenge yourself on the Sapporo track (3.5 + 6.5 km), test Mathias Fredriksson’s favourite track, the Lahti track (10 km) or take a long tour on the Holmenkollen track (17.5 km).

Lit tracks: The light tracks in Vålådalen is 7.5 km long but can be shortened at 2, 3, 4 and 5 km. The tracks are lit between 06:00 – 11:00 and 15:00 – 22:00 every day.

NOTE! There is a mandatory track card also in Vålådalen. See for information.

Last updated 19 February 2020