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Our Ultimate Guide to Åre 2019 – What to Do & Where to Stay

Åre is a traditional mountain village resort located in Jämtland County at the north of Sweden. The slopes regularly play host to a wealth of international ski events including this year’s World Cup and is widely considered the pinnacle of Scandinavian ski resorts, Zlatan Ibrahimovic even owns a ski lodge close to the main village!

For a complete rundown of Åre, why not read our full guide

Åre Gondola
Åre Gondola

What To Do

Other than skiing down one of the 89 maintained runs, there is plenty on offer at Åre. At the centre of the resort is Åre By village, this traditional mountain village area houses many shops, bars and restaurants catering for everything from family-friendly dinners to luxury cuisine and bars. Across the entire complex, there are more than 70 restaurants, cafes and bars ensuring you are never too far from food or drink!

There are also numerous health centres and Spas located across the village giving providing some much-needed rest from all the skiing.

For those looking for some alternative ski adventures, we recommend a day trip to the old mining village of Huså. To get there you have to ski down a range of on and off-pistes runs from the top of Åre and the trip ends with a snowmobile run back over the mountain!

Or perhaps backcountry skiing is more your thing? Through Skistar you can also partake in a group or private backcountry Skiing session. These range from half-day to full-day experiences aimed at both first time backcountry skiers and experienced professionals alike! For more information click here…

Åre village
Åre Village

Where to Stay?

The closest properties are typically those managed by the resort owners SkiStar but there are plenty of properties in and around the surrounding area on booking.com and AirBnB.

SkiStar have a wide range of accommodation all built within walking distance of the slopes, from modern apartments to self-catering cabins. Check-in is at the closest reception or shop and in many cases, they will even have your passes and equipment waiting for you in the accommodation.

Across the resort you have four main accommodation areas, each with there own advantages and disadvantages:

  • Åre By – This is the main village in Åre located at the base of the main mountain. Here you are close to all the main slopes, shops, train station and the cable car lift that takes you to the peak of Åreskutan. The only real disadvantage is the premium you pay for staying in the main village!
  • Björnen – Is a selection of slopes and accommodations located to the east of Åreskutan. The properties here are close to the main village of Åre while being away from the centre of the resort. Björnen has around 20 slopes, suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers, and direct lift access to the main slops of Åre. It is typically cheaper than Åre and provides a great compromise.
  • Duved and Tegefjäll – Located to the west of Åre is the village area of Duved and Tegefjäll, within around 15 slopes in the immediate area and free bus access to Björnen and Åre By. These two areas are usually much cheaper than Björnen and Åre but still have a great selection of accommodation, shops and slopes. We would recommend these for those looking to keep costs down.
Skiing Events

Important Dates

The undoubted highlighted of this year’s calendar is the 2019 FIS Alpine World Championships, taking part between February 4th-17th. The championships will see the worlds best skiers competing in a range of events for the ultimate prise.

See athletes such as Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, Italy’s Dominik Paris and America’s Mikaela Shiffrin in action over the course of the event. Below is a breakdown of the courses being used.

What Time Are the Events On?

Below is the all-important list of events, closer to the time we will update this to include TV broadcast times.

Date Race Start Elevation Finish Elevation Vertical Drop Course Length Average Gradient
5 February Super-G – women 971 m 396 m 575 m 1.903 km 30.2%
6 February Super-G – men 1,03 396 m 637 m 2.172 km 29.3%
8 February Downhill – women 1,060 m 396 m 664 m 2.236 km 29.7%
8 February Slalom – women 582 m 396 m 186 m 0.624 km 29.8%
9 February Downhill – men 1,267 m 396 m 871 m 3.122 km 27.9%
10 February Downhill – women 1,060 m 396 m 664 m 2.236 km 29.7%
11 February Downhill men 1,267 m 396 m 871 m 3.122 km 27.9%
11 February Slalom – men 615 m 396 m 219 m 0.740 km 29.6%
12 February Team Event – mixed
14 February Giant slalom – women 796 m 396 m 400 m 1.257 km 31.8%
15 February Giant Slalom – men 812 m 396 m 416 m 1.308 km 31.8%
16 February Slalom – women 582 m 396 m (1,299 ft) 186 m (610 ft)    0.624 km (0.388 mi) 29.8%
17 February Slalom – men 615 m 396 m 219 m  0.740 km 29.6%

Important Links

Accommodation and Ski Passes – https://www.skistar.com/en/ski-destinations/are/

Event Info – https://are2019.com/

Jamie Withamhttps://get-up-and.com/
A qualified engineer who has worked with high profile companies such as Jaguar, McLaren and Ford. Jamie now works as a writer full-time, splitting his time between Get Up And and Fine Point Solutions (Copywriting Service). Growing up his aspirations were rather different having played football for numerous professional clubs, but sadly it wasn't to be. A keen skier, tennis player and cyclist (he even had his own bike repair business) there aren't many activities Jamie hasn't tried over the years!

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