Photo: Anette Andersson
Hurray – It’s Finally Winter Holiday!
Here are our top tips for a really fun winter vacation in Åre. Åre Winter Camp at the Holiday Club, hang with Valle the snowman in the ski slopes, wallow in waffles after a skitrip, borrow a book at the library, swim and yes… the list is long! 👇👇👇
# 1 Ski in the Children’s Ski Area
Åre’s largest children’s ski area is in Björnen with magic carpets, button lifts, sledding slope, easy snowpark elements and Björnlandet (Land of the Bears) where the children can meet the entire bear family and other animals.
In Rödkullen there is a magic carpet and a short button lift in the lower children’s area and longer button lifts with forest tracks and slalom course in the upper. Valle has his own ski country with adventure course here as well.
Tegefjäll has a button lift and a magic carpet on the lower side of the E14 road. In Tegefjäll there’s also the exciting Vildmarksstigen (Wilderness Trail) with forest skiing and tree animals, this starts from the top of the Tegeliften.
In Duved, the children’s area is located to the east of the chair lift Linbanan. Next to the button lift Torpliften you will also find a magic carpet for the smallest children.
All the children areas have outdoor fire places and tables with benches where you can bring your own food to barbecue, or sit down with a thermos filled with hot chocolate and some quick bites.
Children up to 7 years with a helmet go for free in the ski lifts.
#2 Meet Valle the snowman
Look out for the snowman Valle who shows up a little bit of everywhere during the week. He organizes competitions, shows and other fun activities for the whole family. A little secret…Valle loves getting drawings! Check Valle’s own calendar for times.
#3 Åre Winter Camp
Holiday Club Åre organizes Åre Winter Camp, a hangout in the arena built up with equipment for various sports and activities; trampolines, climbing walls and special clinics.
Åre Winter Camp is included for hotel guests but admission can be purchased for all winter holiday guests for SEK 100/day. Opening hours are Monday – Saturday, February 10th – March 7th between 17:00 – 21:00 for all ages and 21:00 – 23:00 for youth over 12 years.
#4 Cross country skiing & waffles
In Björnen you’ll find an almost flat 1 kilometre track with a wind shelter and barbecue area about half way. The track is directly adjacent to other tracks that are 3, 5, 7, 10 and 15 kilometres long. For a day’s excursion, take the 10-kilometer track to Bergstugan at Fröå Gruva (the old mine). They have daily lunch specials, waffles and coffee so look for the sign about halfway.
In Duved the trails are a bit more hilly, but the 2.5-kilometer trails are ideal for children.
More information on different lengths, difficulty, maps and preparation: aretrails.com
There are several pools at Holiday Club’s swim world with streams, waterfalls, jacuzzis and in addition there is an outdoor pool and water slides. You can both ski and swim on the same day – the pool is open between 10:00 and 21:00.
#6 Hang out at the library
Take a break from all the activities and head into the library at the Åre Station House. Sit down in a comfortable armchair and read a book or two or borrow a favourite for reading during your holidays.
Go family skiing in the kids slopes.
Photo: Anette Andersson
Wallow in waffles.
Photo: Åre Destination
Try some Åre produced chocolate.
Photo: Åre Chokladfabrik
Take a ski tour in Ullådalen.
Photo: Anette Andersson
#7 Fun & Games
There are car games, billiards, pinball, bowling and adventure mini golf available at Holiday Club. Otherwise, Lattjo Toystore in the Åre Station House has a large selection of games, among other things.
#8 A frozen fairytale waterfall
Maybe you’ve already seen the thunderous Ristafallet in the movie about Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter? Winter time freezes the mighty fall and forms fabulous ice formations – a visit here is as magical for big as small. Read up on Ristafallet >>
#9 Fly amongst the tree tops
Zipline is an adventure where you fly above the beautiful nature surrounding Mt. Åreskutan hanging in a harness from wire cables. Choose from two different courses where the minimum age is 8 years for the easier lines.
#10 Visit the Chocolate Factory
Åre Chokladfabrik – Peek into the chocolate factory in Björnänge, sample the well-known handmade chocolates and buy loads to take home with you. Open all days of the week (until the 2nd week in March) between 10am and 6pm.
#11 Sagostund på Grädda
Every Friday at 16.00 until March 6th, Grädda’s own baker and gelato maker, Daniel Matthias, reads aloud from Anders Sunesson’s children’s books in the Grädda café and bakery.
#12 Mata renar
Head out with Explore Åre to Södra Årefjällen and meet some reindeer. Pat them, feed them right out of your hand, try throwing a lasso and have a snack by the fire. How cool is that? Information & booking >>
Last updated 21 February 2020