Åre Ski Area
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Cable Car in April 2007
|Vertical||1,030 m (3,380 ft)|
|Top elevation||1,420 m (4,660 ft)|
|Base elevation||390 m (1,280 ft)|
|Skiable area||4.37 km2 (1,080 acres)|
- 20 beginner
- 38 intermediate
- 38 advanced
- 5 expert
11 unprepared /
|Longest run||6.5 km (4.0 mi)|
|Lift system||46 total
32 surface lift
1 Cable Car
5 Magic carpet
|Terrain parks||3 terrain parks,
1 half pipe
|Night skiing||6-8 pm|
Åre is an alpine ski area in Sweden, founded in 1909. It is located in Åre Municipality, Jämtland, just outside and above the village of Åre, approximately 80 km (50 mi.) from the city of Östersund. The ski lift system is on the Åreskutan mountain, at an elevation of 1,420 m (4,659 ft); its absolute summit is not lift-served, but is reachable by snowmobile. The village and ski area are accessible by bus and train. The nearest airport is Åre Östersund Airport. With a latitude of 63.4° north, the ski area is approximately 350 km (220 mi) south of the Arctic Circle.
- 1882 - The railway to Åre is finished and officially opened by King Oscar II.
- 1891 - Åre tourist information centre opens. ”Tourists and spa guests visiting the climatic spa Åre” is the theme of the first advertising campaign.
- 1892 - The café on the top of Åreskutan opens; it remains the highest café in Sweden.
- 1910 - Åre Bergbana opens, the first fixed link in Åre, beginning the area's development as a winter sports resort. Tobogganing, curling and skiing are offered.
- 1935 - The local slalom racing club, the Åre Slalomklubb, is formed. Over the years, the club's members have included such names as Lars-Börje Eriksson (Olympic bronze medalist in super G, 1988), Patrik Järbyn (World Championships silver medalist in Super G, 1996,) and Richard Richardsson (Olympic silver medalist in snowboard parallel giant slalom, 2002).
- 1940 - The first drag lift is opened in Åre, located near the Olympia area and Lundsgården. The tiny yellow lift cabin is still in place.
- 1952 - The Fjällgården ski area is opened. The lift passengers were transported standing up in tall buckets, one of which is displayed in front of the funicular station on Åre square.
- 1954 - Åre hosts the 1954 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, making Åre known throughout the skiing world.
- 1966 - Duveds Linbana, the first chairlift in Duved, is opened, followed by other investments in the Duved ski area.
- 1976 - The Kabinbanan cable car, servicing the upper part of the ski area, is opened at a cost of 73 million Swedish kronor. At this time, the formidable success of Swedish ski racer Ingemar Stenmark gives a great boost to the Swedish alpine ski industry.
- 1981 - The first lift is built at Åre Björnen, followed by other investments in the area. The first snow cannons are installed at Åre.
- 1989 - The Olympia gondola is opened by King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia.
- 2001 - In the central part of the Åre ski area, two new lifts are built and three new slopes are opened — the single largest investment since the building of the cable car.
- 2006 - The Olympia chairlift is replaced by the world's first telemix lift, a lift with chairs and gondolas.
- 2007 - Åre hosts the 2007 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
- 2009 - Åre is named winner of "World's top ski resorts" by the British travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller
There is night skiing every evening until week 10. The night skiing is between 6 pm and 8 pm.
The lift "VM8:an" with the two slopes "Gästrappet" and "Lundsrappet" in the world championship area (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).
The lift "Hamreliften" and the slopes "Skistarbacken" and "Hamrebacken". (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
The lifts "Björnliften", "Nalleliften" and "Vargliften" with connecting slopes. (Thursdays and Sundays)
In Central Åre there are plenty of runs to choose from, both for beginners and advanced skiers. Central Åre is the largest area in the Åre Ski Area.
- Lifts in Central Åre
- Rödkulleliften 1
- Rödkulleliften 2
- Nedre Tväråvalvsliften
- Nedre Tväråvalvsliften 2
- Ullådalsliften 2
- Övre Tväråvalvsliften
Åre Björnen is the ski area for the youngest skiers and families. ÅreBjörnen is connected to Central Åre with lifts.
- Lifts in ÅreBjörnen
Tegefjäll is also suitable for families with small children, the system is connected to the Duved lift system.
- Lifts in Tegefjäll
- Mini Tege
- Gunnilliften - at 1.6 kilometers long, this is the longest T-bar lift in the world.
Duved is a bit bigger than Tegefjäll and offers slopes both for the beginner and the expert. Duved is connected to the Tegefjäll system.
- Lifts in Duved
- Duveds Linbana