Vemdalen ski resort
Vemdalen ski resort offers some of the most varied skiing in Sweden. Its three ski areas of Björnrike, Vemdalsskalet and Klövsjö/Storhogna are well supplied with lifts and a wide variety of runs, from moguls to gentle, undulating slopes.
Vemdalen ski resort also has plenty of natural beauty. Klövsjö has not only been described as the prettiest mountain village in Sweden, but it has also been dubbed as ‘the skier’s ski resort’. This charming area is peculiar in that it has the sunny and family-friendly slopes high up on the mountainsides, whereas the more challenging runs are located further down. Neighbouring Vemdalsskalet is a charming little village that has been newly built in a traditional style, while Björnrike, which is nearest to the resort centre, is a great place for families.
In the last decade the resort has enjoyed massive development, which has drastically improved the ease, speed and comfort of skiing in the area. Such developments include the opening of the resort’s first six-seater chairlift at Klövsjö in 2008, the addition of an express lift in Björnrike in 2010, another six-seater, the Skalet Express, at Vemdalskalet in 2011, and a fourth new express lift for the 2014/15 season.
Vemdalen is located in the west of Sweden, roughly midway between the northern and southern tips of the country. The distance to Stockholm is around 500km (311 miles) and to Gothenburg around 700km (435 miles). Trondheim in Norway is 240km (150 miles) away.
On the slopes
More than half of the slopes in Vemdalen are wide, soft and gentle, and are well suited to beginners and near beginners. Björnrike is best for children, while Vemdalsskalet has some good slopes for beginners and intermediates. Over at Storhogna and Klövsjö, there are also sunny and family-friendly slopes high up in the mountains.
The resident ski school, which can be found in Björnrike, is excellent and offers private and group lessons for all ages. There are also classes for advanced skiers who want to learn freeriding.
The Hovdefjället and Skalsfjället mountain peaks near Vemdalsskalet provide good challenges for the expert skier, while there are several steep and challenging runs further down the slopes at Klövsjö.
Snowboarders and freestylers are not left out, with a choice of three terrain parks. The parks in the Skalspasset area of Vemdalsskalet and in Klövsjö are good places for children and beginners to learn the ropes, while the park and ski cross track in Björnrike are suitable for the more experienced.
A downside (for some) is that nearly all the lifts are T-bars; so if taking a drag lift is fear-inducing, this might not be the most suitable resort. However, there is a quad chairlift and the new express chairlifts, which together cover much of the terrain anyway, so it is possible to avoid many of the drags.
Due to its northerly latitude and snow-making on half of the resort’s slopes, the ski season in Vemdalen is usually relatively long, running from late October until May.