Welcome to Scandinavia’s largest ski area
Sälen & Trysil – Scandinavia’s largest skiing area
Sälen in Sweden consists of Lindvallen, Högfjället, Hundfjället, Tandådalen, Kläppen and Stöten. Together with Norway’s Trysil, the areas form the largest ski resort in Scandinavia.
No. of runs: Over 250
No. of lifts: More than 157
Combined length of pistes: At least 153km
Longest piste: 5.4km (Trysil)
Steepest piste: Väggen with a 45-degree gradient (Hundfjället)
Total length of cross country trails: 350km
Erika Hansson runs Dalskidan ski hire in Sälen together with her brother Martin. Having both enjoyed successful careers with the Swedish Alpine Ski Team, the siblings have hung up their skis. Instead, they spend their time ensuring that visitors to Sälen, whether beginners or professionals, are able to find the best possible equipment to be able to improve and have fun on the pistes during their time here.
“The recipe for success for Sälen and Trysil is that no matter whether you're going to hire skis, eat at a restaurant, stay in a hotel or take the ski lift, everyone who works here will do their utmost to ensure everything is of high quality. This means that everyone who comes here can feel secure in the knowledge that they will have a great experience.”
Together, Sälen and Trysil not only make up Scandinavia’s largest skiing area, they also offer a long ski season. It’s often cold enough to start the well-developed snowmaking systems early in the season. This, combined with snowfall that mean meter deep snow drifts are common, also ensures that the snow conditions in these areas are pretty much guaranteed.
It’s also worth remembering that you can ski well into spring here. If you want to book a sunny spring ski trip, March and April are your best bet. By then, it’s well past peak season for skiing and generally with fewer skiers on the pistes.
Kläppen – Park skiing with challenging conditions
Kläppen Snow Park is one of the best in Europe, so if you like park skiing and big jumps, this is the place to come. As the snow park area has its own ski lift, you can take the lift as many times as you like during the day, which is perfect. Kläppen has slightly longer and more challenging slopes, plus fantastic children’s areas. Big investments have gone into the park, including a newly built gondola that is also accessible to people with disabilities, which means everyone can go to the restaurant at the top of the mountain for lunch or dinner. Kläppen also has plans for further expansion for the coming season. Even more slopes will be added next year and a new chairlift is planned. This winter, brand new hotel accommodation will open with a breakfast restaurant.
Sjungarvägen, 780 68 Transtrand
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Lindvallen – För barnfamiljer som vill ha mycket att välja på
This is the largest ski area in Sälen that also has a big choice of restaurants. The pistes are varied but often easy and suitable for everyone who prefers slightly gentler skiing. There are also a couple of steeper slopes if you fancy a bit more of a challenge. The area is also very child friendly, including platter lifts that enable children to make their way through the entire system. Skistar Fun Slope, which opened last year, has proved a success. It looks a bit like a miniature play park in the middle of the piste with its well thought out jumps, banked curves and fun figures. Tremendous fun for all ages.
Fjällvägen 25, 780 67 Sälen
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Högfjället – For beginners keen on après ski
A somewhat smaller area with very easy slopes that are ideal for beginners. Here, you can book accommodation at Sälens Högfjällshotell for example, where you’ll be close to the slopes when you want to strap on your skis. As Högfjället is linked to Lindvallen, when you have become a bit more confident on skis, you can easily head there to try a bit more challenging conditions. Nor is it that far from the other ski areas either. And when you call it a day on the slopes, you have really good après ski on your doorstep. The night life is far and away the best here.
Sälens Högfjällshotell, Malung
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Hundfjället – Fantastic spring skiing close to the airport
Hundfjället, which adjoins Tandådalen, is the first skiing area in Sälen that visitors who fly into Scandinavian Mountains Airport can reach quickly. A luxurious new chairlift has just been installed here with heated seats and drop down hoods to protect against wind. It has given this wonderful resort a real boost. Here you’ll find family favorite Trollskogen, where all the figures are carved from wood by chainsaw. The figures talk, tweet and encourage. There’s also Hundfjället, that offers really good spring skiing in the sun when the BBQs are fired up.
Fjällvägen 36, Sälen
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Tandådalen – Guaranteed snow and gentler for carving fans
Tandådalen – Guaranteed snow and gentler for carving fansTandådalen, which adjoins Hundfjället, can be a bit of an overlooked gem. The area has been redeveloped to an extent which has made it more accessible. There are more ski-in-and-out-cabins today close to the slopes and there’s also a snow park. You’ll also often find a bit more space on the carving slopes as they are less crowded than the other areas. As it’s often a bit colder here, snow is pretty much guaranteed and the season often starts earlier.
Stöten – If you want long runs
Stöten has an undeserved reputation of often having a shortage of snow. That’s not correct. The development of snow machines has given the area a real lift. There’s also been a great deal of development here with fine accommodation close to the lifts and pistes. Naturally, the gradient varies on the slopes and if like a longer run down to the lift, Stöten is the area for you. Whether you ski at soltorget (designed for children and beginners) or Stötentorget (for more experienced skiers), you’ll find longer pistes than in the other areas.
Skidtorget, Stöten, Sälen
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Trysil – If skiing is your A-Z
This is the resort we Swedes wish lay on our side of the border, as we’d love to boast that Trysil belongs to Sweden. It’s a much bigger mountain and often a bit more international with many skiers from England and Denmark coming here. Which also means it can be somewhat crowded on the pistes from time to time. One insider tip is therefore to ski at Trysil during the week or on Sundays. You’ll then have more room and can enjoy long, fine pistes where you can make turns when you want. You can also come here for the day from Sälen as it’s only an hour away.
2420 Trysil, Norge
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Published: September 2, 2019