Photo: Anette Andersson
Woohoo for Winter Holidays!
The Winter Holiday is here and it’s time for all children, small and grown-up alike, to enjoy all the activities that Åre has to offer. Here are our best tips for a fun Winter holiday in Åre. Nibble on waffles, take a guided tour, eat fantastic chocolates or ride a Snow Bike – the options are plenty!
Please note that, due to the current pandemic situation, some activities are subject to change.
#1 Ski in the Children’s Areas
Åre’s largest children’s ski area is in Björnen with magic carpets, button lifts, a 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 which 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.
All children under 7 years who use a helmet ski free of charge. And if you see Valle the Snow Man – make him happy by waving or forming your hands into a heart.
#2 Drive a Car – Parkour Style
Driving a car is someting most of us do on a regular basis. But doing it parkour-style is something completely different from what we’re used to. During the first three of the Swedish Winter Holiday Weeks (15 February – 7 March) you can try doing just that. A parkour track for cars have been set up by Audi at Draklanda (Google Map link) in Åre.
Come to Draklanda for drop-in between 10.00 and 17.00 CET, Monday to Saturday, to test drive one of the Audi e-tron SUVs and Sportbacks that are available. Bring warm clothes and a valid driver’s license.
You can also pre-book your experience on Audi’s website here>> The cars will be disinfected between drivers.
#3 Munch on Chocolates at Åre chokladfabrik
Drop by Åre chokladfabrik in Björnänge and sample their delicious chocolates. You will want to bring some, or a lot, home with you. It’s open every day during the winter holidays. Opening hours and more is available here >>
#4 Cross-Country Skiing & Waffles
At the XC Arena in Björnen you’ll find flat and hilly, short and long cross-country tracks. In other words, there’s something for everyone! Halfway along the one-kilometre track there’s a wind shelter and barbecue area directly adjacent to the 3,5,7,10 and 15 kilometre trails.
Along the 10 kilometre trail you can make a turn towards Bergstugan at Fröå Gruva (the old mine). Bergstugan has daily lunch specials, waffles and drinks so look for the sign about halfway along the trail.
The Duved trails are hillier but the 2,5 kilometre track is suitable for children.
In Ullådalen, the longer track is rather hilly but there’s an easier option if you turn left from the parking lot. After about two kilometres you’ll find Lillåstugan’s Waffle House which is a big attraction. Reward yourself with lovely waffles and hot chocolate.
For more information on different lengths, difficulty, maps and preparation for cross-country and ski touring trails, go to aretrails.com.
#5 Fly amongst the tree tops
Zipline is an adventure where you fly above the beautiful nature surrounding Mt. Åreskutan while hanging in a harness from wire cables. There are two different courses to chose from. Children need to be eight years or older to participate. Check it out here >>
Take a tour in Ullådalen.
Try Parkour with a car...
Audi Parkour 2021
Wallow in waffles.
Go skiing in the children's areas.
Try some locally produced chocolates.
#6 Take a Swim!
At Holiday Club’s Swim World you’ll have the time to ski and swim on the same day – the facility is open from 08.00 CET to 21.00 CET. Please note that during the season 2020/2021, you need to book in advance >>
At Copperhill Mountain Lodge there’s also a pool with special opening hours for children. Click here for opening hours >>
#7 Feed the Reindeer
Hang out and meet the reindeers. Get close to the animals, feed them, throw a lasso and take a break by the fire. This is an experience for the whole family! Click here for more information and booking >>
#8 Hang Out at the Library
Take a break and wind down after the day’s activities with a good book. The library is located at the Åre Station House. Make yourself comfortable and read aloud with your children or make some time for yourself.
#9 Fun & Games
#10 Visit Magical Waterfalls
Ristafallet, or Glupafallet as it was called in the movie about Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter, is located close to Åre. When it freezes in the winter it is a magical sight for children and grown-ups alike. To the west of Åre, you’ll find Sweden’s largest waterfall, Tännforsen. Seeing the fantastic ice formations is really amazing experience. You can drive to both waterfalls on your own or book a tour with a guide to find out more about these magnificent natural sights. Find out more here >>
#11 Sculpt in Ice
Create beautiful ice formations with your children or friends. You will get your own block of ice, tools and help from an instructor so you can experience what this craftsmanship is about. Click here and scroll down to find your options >>
#12 Ride a Snowbike
Bicycling and skiing in one! Book a course with Explore Åre and learn everything you need to enjoy this slightly odd and fun activity.
#13 Odd Outings
Experience the mountains in a new way from the snowmobile, a snow quad or by strapping on a pair of snow shoes. There are plenty of options for anyone who wish to enjoy fresh views over the mountains with any of Åre’s many activity operators who offer anything from guided alpine ski tours to northern light tours and fishing. Click here to find out more >>
#14 Jump Around at JumpYard
Climbing, jumping or hang gliding through the hall in a harness – does it sound like fun? It is! Try new things and have endless fun whether you’re young or an adult. JumpYard is open for everyone and have booking options online as well as drop in >>
Last updated 15 February 2021