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Alpine skiing star Sara Hector’s Åre favorites

Sara Hector knows Åre better than most skiers. Here, she lists where she prefers to eat, sleep and ski when visiting.

Hector was just four years old when she first strapped on a pair of skis. Today, she’s one of Sweden’s big Alpine medal hopes and skiing has taken her to most of the world’s ski resorts. Thanks to skiing, she’s also spent a great deal of time in Åre. And as she’s also lived there, not many people can say they know as much about the Swedish ski resort as she does. Here are her personal recommendations for anyone looking for the best Åre has to offer.

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Where should you stay?

I personally think that Copperhill is far and away the best hotel in Åre. It’s not the most central hotel, but I think it’s the best. Its location offers the most breathtaking views that make me want to pinch myself every time I’m there. They genuinely have everything. Spacious rooms with incredibly beautiful and well thought out design, brilliant breakfasts and food of world class plus a really good spa where you can ease tired ski muscles.


Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Åre Björnen, 837 52 Åre

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The best value for money lunch on the piste

It’s always hard to say which restaurant is best, it all depends. A really good value for money lunch on the piste with the best views would probably be if you’re great at making your own picnic. My best advice would then be to invest in a good thermos flask and take tacos that you’ve kept hot in a food thermos. That’s probably something that appeals to most people, especially as you can choose exactly where and when you want to eat.


Restaurant ski lunch

If you don’t want to take your own lunch out onto the piste, I recommend the views at Hummelstugan. Grow is another good lunch restaurant.


The best of Jämtland

If you’re more of a fine diner and like food experiences, I can promise you’ll have a very memorable meal if you head to Fäviken, where the food is incredibly well researched. You need to plan a visit far in advance and be prepared to fight for a booking as soon as they are released. You’ll also enjoy a good meal at Copperhill, where you can choose from the best the Jämtland region can offer.


Fäviken 216, 830 05 Järpen

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The best pistes in the ski system

Gästrappet is the most fun piste to my mind, but the back side of Åre can also be magical. Edsåsdalen impresses with fine Nordic trails and, depending on how good a skier you are, there are many fine slopes that are a bit easier. I personally think carving is the most fun but if you’ve never done that, I suggest practicing on a less steep piste to learn how to ski on the edges of your skis. Then, Duved is brilliant.

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If Alpine skiing is not your thing

Slalom skiing is always the most fun in winter, but then again, I’m a bit biased. Otherwise, I think Nordic skiing in the mountains is fantastic. Using ski skins to get to the top of a mountain is a new interest and here, it’s about finding the right way. It’s never wrong to begin by taking the gondola up and then start with a trip to the top of Åreskutan, a 1,420m mountain near Åre. However, you need to keep a check on avalanches, snow conditions, safety and the skiing when setting out on challenging outings. There are courses you can take. Were you to have incredible bad luck with the weather gods and don’t fancy going out in the rain, there’s always the spa. I’ve not spent that much time in Åre in summer, but I do know it’s incredibly beautiful to cycle and walk here.

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