Easily One of the top places to enjoy late season on the slopes is Åre, Sweden. A place where decent snow usually lasts from late November, right through to the beginning of May.
During the summer months it’s a mecca for mountain bikers with its world-class downhill trails. It’s a place with a cool, hip vibe, and is laid back and refreshingly unpretentious.
Located 220 miles south of the Arctic Circle, not far from the Norwegian border, it attracts skiers and board riders from both countries, and much further afield, and is finally becoming more popular with Brits. Relatively easy to get to, from the UK, you can either fly in to Stockholm, and then take an internal flight up to Åre Östersund Airport, the heart of the resort being about an hour or so away, or to Trondheim, with direct flights from Gatwick.
Its excellent facilities, off piste perfection, over 100 runs with 46 lifts and numerous other activities to enjoy are luring more and more winter sport lovers who up until recently have headed to the Alps. Even if ski-ing isn’t your thing, you can opt for terrifying zip-lining from one of the mountain peaks, dog sledding, ice driving, kite boarding, snowmobiling, ice climbing and even tobogganing at night , dining and staying in an igloo, and visits to meet tame moose.
After a day on the slopes, there are excellent restaurants and cool bars with great bands, and high quality accommodation within walking distance of the main ski lifts. The 5* Copperhill Mountain Lodge hotel and spa is actually located right on the mountain with ski in, ski out access, as does the popular TOTT Hotell Åre.
Ski Safari, www.skisafari.com are the area experts, and in addition to offering ski breaks in Åre, for next season, you can book a 10-day Arctic Safari adventure with them, that takes you right up into the Arctic Circle, where you can stay in the original and best ice hotel, go ice fishing, dog sledding, heli-ski-ing, and watch the stunning northern lights in style. This trip can be tailored to your exact requirements, making it truly a once in a lifetime experience.