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Overview by Steve Jermanok

A little over 400 miles northwest of Stockholm, Are is the premier winter getaway in northern Europe. Expect to find Fins, Norwegians, Latvians, and a whole lot of blonde Swedes dressed in their finest warm-winter garb sliding down the peak as they do their best Ingemar Stenmark impersonation. Families, couples, and the young and hip think nothing of making the long trek to Are on weekends, creating an apres-ski scene that combines saunas with Swedish rock bands and dinners of reindeer stew. It's a wholly unique scene that's beginning to attract more and more skiers from around the continent and overseas.

Don't expect the jagged peaks of the Alps. Rolling pine forests and lakes lead to the gentle rounded summits that top out at 4,659 feet. This being northern Sweden, days are short in December and January, with the floodlights going on early in the afternoon. Come March and April, however, sunlight can last until 9 p.m., resulting in the best of night skiing. Are is split up into three separate areas with a total of 99 trails. Depending on your experience, you'll spend most of your time skiing and enjoying the apres-ski scene at that respective village. Young families head to Bjornen, the far eastern side of the resort, for its beginner slope. An indoor play area, the "Children's House" caters to kids two years of old and older. Families with older children congregate at Duved for its slightly steeper pitch. Nearby is Tegefjall, home to a terrain park for boarders and freestylers. All instructors speak English, so you don't have to worry about trying to understand Swedish.

The best trails for intermediate and advanced skiers are on the main mountain of

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Vertical Drop
2920 feet
12% beginner, 45% intermediate, 43% advanced
Early December to early May
Closest Airport

Weather for Are

Current Conditions:
Mostly Cloudy, 52 F
Fri - Cloudy. High: 50 Low: 37
Sat - Partly Cloudy. High: 59 Low: 40
Sun - Rain/Thunder. High: 54 Low: 41
Mon - AM Showers. High: 55 Low: 38
Tue - Mostly Sunny. High: 67 Low: 50

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