Skiing in Scandinavia may be less developed for the most part than skiing in the Alps and other parts of Europe, but it’s far north, which means you’ll almost certainly find great conditions and snow. There is a long season in the far north and in some cases you can even ski in June, both day and night. Prices are high in these countries, and it may be better to avoid après ski or at least reduce it, unless you have very deep pockets. But the ski passes themselves are often surprisingly affordable, giving access to some beautiful uncrowded slopes. So why not consider a ski vacation in Scandinavia? Here are five great resorts to start your research to find your perfect Scandinavian ski vacation:
Sometimes called the “Chamonix of the North”, this resort sits on rugged mountains that contrast sharply with the surrounding hills. This ski resort is located three hours from Oslo. It is an excellent bet for families, as there is a variety of skiing for beginners to those who are really in their element on the slopes, all in a fairly small area.
This is a beautiful and peaceful ski resort, on the Oslo to Bergen train line. It has quite limited but sufficient facilities and, although the number of slopes is limited (there are only around 40), the conditions and snow here are perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers.
The hills may not be the highest here, but the snow is still great and plentiful throughout the season, and the views are spectacular. The ski area is right on the edge of the fjords, and you can sit on the mountain and gaze out at the Vangsvatnet, a beautiful lake through which the Vosso River flows before meeting the Bolstadfjorden and from there the North Sea. You can also combine this ski trip with a visit to the historic city of Bergen.
High in Lapland is this purpose-built ski town. It has twenty-seven miles of slopes suitable for intermediate-level skiers, and if you don’t feel like coming home at night, 17 of the slopes are illuminated, although, as of March, the days are long.
This complex is far, far north, 125 miles within the Arctic Circle. It doesn’t even open until March, when the weather is somewhat more manageable and the days get longer. There are only a few piste runs and hotel options are limited, but this is a true paradise for those who water ski or enjoy an off-piste adventure. Why not wait until June, when you can get on those skis or that board in the midnight sun?
So whatever your skill level and preferences, you are sure to find what you are looking for on the ski slopes of Scandinavia.