Sweden has some great ski resorts to offer everyone in the family an active fun winter holiday. Many of the larger resorts offer crèche and baby-sitting services, which is ideal for families with young children. To carry small children up the slopes, to ski down on;some resorts have a special conveyor belt. Entertainment for children is offered with trained adults to supervise, by numerous ski resorts in the form of theme parks with sleigh runs (known as pulka in Swedish), treasure hunts, barbecues, playhouses with toys and organised activities.
Other activities to participate in at ski resorts include dog-sleighing, ice fishing and trip-skating and snow scooter safaris.
All ski resorts usually have well maintained pistes (these are the marked ski runs or paths down a mountain for snow skiing, snowboarding, or other mountain sports).
The Idre Fjäll, near the border of Norway, is a ski resort noted for its focus on entertainment. Skiing is done along slopes that face all directions, which give skiers the option to ski facing the sun or not facing the sun. Entertainment is also focused on children who have their own events with preteen and teen discos, ”mini-stars”, song and story hours, crafts and a kids’ buffet among others.
Among the reputable ski resorts, is Branäs which began operating in 1988. This medium sized ski resort has several ski lifts to offers skiers 415 meters of vertical descent. Branäs is ideal for beginner skiers and snowboarders, yet does also have some terrain for experts and intermediates. The resort also offers 15 kilometres of cross country ski trails. For snowboarders, there are 2 terrain parks available. All of their slopes are now backed up with snowmaking systems, and snowmaking is done by many other ski resorts.
The Åre Ski Area was established in 1909, located 8km from the city of Östersund, under Åre Municipality in Jämtland County of northern Sweden. There is a ski lift system on the Åreskutan Mountain, at an elevation of 1420 meters and a snowmobile can take skiers to the peak of the mountain. The basic elevations are 390 meters. Trains and buses do offer transportation to the Åre area.
The highest café in Sweden can be found on top of Åreskutan Mountain, and this café has been serving patrons since 1892. Night skiing is on offer from 6pm to 8pm. Åre became internationally known in skiing circles since it hosted the 1954 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This ski resort has been nominated as the winner of the "World's top ski resorts"by the British travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller, in 2009.
At Åre, there are private and group ski lessons. Special lessons are also available for youngsters from the age of 3, and instructors can speak English besides Swedish. Snowboarding lessons are also available. The Åre Ski Area has about 100 pistes, and is considered a leading resort for Nordic high mountain skiing. The ski season generally begins in November and closes in May, with a variety of pistes for the novice skier to the advanced skier seeking a challenging slope
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