WHERE TO STAY IN ÅRE
Within Åre village there is a good range of accommodation from shared rooms and apartments to cabins and holiday homes. 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 accomodation 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.
Typically you can expect to pay less for holiday accommodation when compared to alpine resorts. A standard two bedroom cabin for a family of four at the beginning of March costs between £45-85 per night depending on spec and location.
TIPS AND TRICKS
There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a Ski holiday in Sweden:
- Find out when sports break is. Sweden’s half time, referred to as sports break, usually falls in the centre of February. Costs spike in and around this week so look to avoid it. Late January or early March are typically much cheaper.
- Changeover days in Sweden are different. In the UK typically you holiday from Saturday to Saturday, or Friday to Monday for a long weekend. In Sweden, a weeks holiday is usually taken between Sunday to Sunday and a long weekend is from Thursday to Sunday.
- A lot of accommodation won’t include bedsheets, these can be added as an extra cost but to save money it is worth investing in travel sheets. These usually incorporate a duvet cover as well and take up a minimal amount of room while saving you money on each repeat visit!