Ski Club 2.0 Home
Snow Reports
FAQFAQ

Mail for help.Help!!

Log in to snowHeads to make it MUCH better! Registration's totally free, of course, and makes snowHeads easier to use and to understand, gives better searching, filtering etc. as well as access to 'members only' forums, discounts and deals that U don't even know exist as a 'guest' user. (btw. 50,000+ snowHeads already know all this, making snowHeads the biggest, most active community of snow-heads in the UK, so you'll be in good company)..... When you register, you get our free weekly(-ish) snow report by email. It's rather good and not made up by tourist offices (or people that love the tourist office and want to marry it either)... We don't share your email address with anyone and we never send out any of those cheesy 'message from our partners' emails either. Anyway, snowHeads really is MUCH better when you're logged in - not least because you get to post your own messages complaining about things that annoy you like perhaps this banner which, incidentally, disappears when you log in :-)
Username:-
 Password:
Remember me:
durr, I forgot...
Or: Register
(to be a proper snow-head, all official-like!)

Three days ski in Are

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Despite all the dramas, closures and travel problems elsewhere, we made it to Are for some excellent skiing. After an enjoyable weekend in Stockholm, we took the night sleeper train to the north. Not the newest rolling stock to say the least and a bit cramped with our luggage, the beds were comfortable and the bonus of our own bathroom in first class was much appreciated. It was great to wake up in the snow with the sun shining.
Are railway station was about 150 yards from our hotel, the very dignified and classic Aregarden in the village square. Handy for lifts, shops, bars and restaurants. Checked in, enjoyed a very welcome breakfast and on to the slopes. Day one was mainly in the Are By and Bjornen areas. Very few snowboarders and lots of T-bars (are the two related?) - lovely first day cruising around. By 4.30, after our travel adventures, I was ready for a beer and a hot shower! We dined the first night in Pinchos - a large chain in northern Europe where you order your food and drinks and pay via an app on your mobile telephone (how very modern!). All in all, it was excellent value - and prices throughout our trip were much more reasonable than I was expecting - certainly beer and wine was no more expensive than French or Swiss resorts (or London, for that matter!). Two coffees at a slopeside cafe were less than £5 (can't imagine you could match that in Val D'Isere or Verbier!).
Day 2 we skied in the Rodkullan area where we each had private lessons (mine was very technical and analytical and was well worth the money for 1.5 hours). The weather was superb on each day - and it snowed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Conditions underfoot were superb. Day three, while Mrs LOTA had another lesson, I skied in the Hogzon (High Zone) and despite the closure of the cable car, as a Covid-19 precaution, there were plenty of skiers about but no queues. Many people don't like t-bars but they do move skiers up the hill quickly!
Although there was no sense of panic or concern in Are itself, we were very conscious of the growing travel problems elsewhere so decided to bring our flight forward from Sunday to Thursday. This proved a sound decision as the Sunday flight was cancelled the following morning, just before we left, and the cabin crew said theirs was the last flight that would be carried out.
Although our planned six days of skiing was halved by the world emergency, we felt very privileged to have been able to get some skiing in - especially as the horror stories of arriving in France and then being immediately sent home were coming through. Overall, I was impressed with Are. The slopes were quiet, snow conditions were excellent, the lift system accesses a lot more than than you might guess from the piste map. The 'transporter' tracks between the various areas are a really good way to get about and give a real senses of travel across the mountain. Very friendly people, too, who speak immaculate English. We will definitely return in the not too distant future.
ski holidays     
 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Nice report.

With the train what were the sleeper options and the cost?
latest report     
 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@ster, Thanks. Lots of options, from a seat in a normal carriage, to bunks etc. We took the 1st class option, with bathroom, for £210 for two people. A second class compartment, no bathroom, for 1-3 people is about £244 and a bunk in shared couchette compartment (looked horrible to be honest!) was £70 for one. These are prices for this Sunday's train. Booked way in advance so got a much cheaper price!

Not sure I'd have had any kip in any other option than the one we took. Very Happy
snow report     
 You need to Login to know who's really who.
You need to Login to know who's really who.
The night train is a really nice way to get to Åre from either Stockholm central station or Arlanda airport (if the flight times in ok). It’s fantastic to wake up and step off the train in the resort. And you get an extra day or two skiing versus flying.

For the options you can have a play on the SJ website or app, which is in English. Cost is normally comparable to flying, or slightly more expensive, in my experience.

My last trip up there was a long weekend trip at the end of the summer to hike the Jämtlands triangle. As we booked quite late there were only beds in a couchette left. Lack of privacy is one thing, but you can sit in the cafe for a while. Sleep depends on how sensitive sleeper you are (take earplugs), and sleeping on a (slow) moving train that tilts slightly is a strange feeling anyway. I’d pay the money for a private cabin if available.
ski holidays     
 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Cheers both. Funny how a cabin maxes out at 3, you’d think 4 would be more family friendly.

Like to get there sometime but maybe not this year now.
snow report     
 You'll need to Register first of course.
You'll need to Register first of course.
@ster, best be quick, Are is closing down on Sunday!

The cabins are very, very small. Impossible to fit in a fourth bed, I reckon.
snow report     



Terms and conditions  Privacy Policy