Winter rail destinations: Sveg/Vemdalen
Jennifer Heape · 18 Sep 2008, 11:14
Published: 18 Sep 2008 11:14 GMT+02:00
Sveg is located 430km from Stockholm and 610km from Gothenburg and is the main town in the Härjedalen Municipality, Jämtland County. The Vemdalen resort is a further 60km north of Sveg.
The quick pitch
With 30 ski lifts and 51 runs, Vemdalen is comprised of three ski areas: Björnrike, Vemdalsskalet and Klövsjö/Storhogna. The three resorts, while offering their own individual charm, are conveniently covered under one ski pass.
Vemdalen is an ideal option for families, in particular Björnrike, which offers a brand new playroom and plenty of gentle, uncrowded slopes.
“It has great snow conditions, fantastic views and lots of activities to keep the family happy - without the crowds,” Anne-Christine Westlund from tourist agency Destination Vemdalen told The Local.
Holiday-makers with luxurious tastes can splash out and stay at Storhogna Högfjällshotell & Spa, which boasts first class accommodation, spa facilities and an excellent restaurant.
Vemdalen does however have more to offer than just family fun and luxurious spas; the higher mountainous areas around Vemdalsskalet offer great challenges for the expert skier and freestylers can practise their moves in either of the two terrain parks.
Furthermore, over 70km of prepared Nordic skiing tracks link the three resorts, with an additional 180km of routes to be found in the local area. In recent years, Vemdalen has invested extensively in snow-making technology and can guarantee the white stuff from December18th to April 19th.
The short Swedish winter days also need not be a deterrent, with night skiing available on 10 floodlit slopes.
In their own words
Björnrike: "Comfortable and close...no wonder Björnrike is so popular with families".
Vemdalsskalet: "What an extraordinary make-over...A brand new ski area on Mount Skalsfjället; new comfortable apartments have added to the options at the classic Högfjällshotellet and the nightlife is getting even hotter".
Storhogna: "Glittering snowscapes; alpine skiing, cross-country and tour skiing, combined with delicious spa life…"
Klövsjö: "The prettiest mountain village in Sweden".
Vemdalens Stugservice - Extensive range of cottages for rent in the Vemdalen area. Site available in English.
Tel: +46 684 30500
Skiline – UK-based ski tour operator with choice of mid-range and budget accommodation options.
Storhogna Högfjällshotell & Spa - Site Available in English.
+46 682 413042
Björnrike Ski Country Club
Tel: +46 684 32020
Karl Xi's Högfjällshotell, Vemdalsskalet
Tel: +46 684 15100
Tel: +46 684 30170
Ski Pass (online web price for 6 days):
Adult (16-64) – 1,130kr
Concessions (Child 8-15 or Senior 65+) - 895kr
Children under 8 - Free
Resort elevation: 500m (1,640ft)
Top elevation: 900m (2,953ft)
Base elevation: 500m (1,640ft).
Take the train
Stockholm – Sveg:
Sunday to Friday - 5 daily departures, Saturday - 1 departure
Stockholm – Vemdalen:
Monday to Friday – 3 daily departures, Saturday – 1 departure, Sunday – 2 departures
Gothenburg – Sveg:
Sunday to Friday: 3 daily departures, Saturday - 1 departure
Gothenburg – Vemdalen:
Sunday – 2 departures, Monday – Friday – 3 daily departures, Saturday – No departures
It is also possible to take the train to Sundsvall, Moa, Ljusdal or Ånge ad complete the journey by bus to Sveg or Vemdalen.
For a more complete timetable, please see:
Vemdalen Taxi: +46 684 30222
This article was produced by The Local in cooperation with SJ