Sälen is the biggest ski resort in Scandinavia. We recently headed off for a Sälen skiing holiday, being able to experience skiing in the country we lived in for the first time. We were not disappointed and had a fantastic time on our Sälen skiing holiday. This post discusses the skiing you can find in Sälen, more specifically the Lindvallen area. There will be another 2; one about the facilities and another about our own holiday experience. We were in the Lindvallen area, although the other areas are not too far away, extending the scope of your holiday very easily. The Sälen area consists of Kläppen, Lindvallen, Sälenstugan, Högfjället, Tandådalen, Hundfjället, and Stöten. The main focus of the posts will be on the Lindvallen area as this was where our experience was (apart from some of our skiing where we explored further afield).
Sälen Skiing Ski Hire:
This process was Swedish efficiency at it’s best!! We had pre booked our equipment, so they had all our vitals such as height and shoe size etc. As can be expected in Sweden, on arriving at the ski rental place you take a ticket and wait for your number to be called. When you press for your ticket you have to enter your booking reference as well. Once your number comes up on the screen you will be allocated a desk number to head to. When our number was called we headed to the counter. The lady gave us one supersized bag containing 5 pairs of boots, 5 pairs of skis, three pairs of poles, so all that was left for us to do was grab a helmet from the selection! We have never had it so easy, let along a bag to help us carry everything in as well. We headed for a bench and started to try everything on. It was perfect and we left feeling very happy and relieved it was so easy with having three children. Plus what a bonus having a large back to help us with carrying everything, as the children are not much help on that front!
Sälen Skiing Ski School:
The ski school is very well organised and the groups were small when we were there. Around 7-8 children in each group. You can have private lessons too. The time they are in ski school is relatively short compared to some European resorts, at one hour 15 minutes. However, this suited us perfectly as it allowed for other activities around ski school time. For us this was either swimming, playing outdoors, and also have some family ski time. However, it still meant Dadda and I got to go off for a grown up ski as well during ski school. After 9 years off skis for me due to twin babies (!) and not enough hands with all our children, it was amazing to get this time of just over an hour after not having it for so many years, so I was more than happy. The instructors were really friendly and very caring when any of them took a tumble. The children liked their instructors as well. We left our children with confidence they were in safe hands and scooted off for our grown up ski each day.
The Lindvallen area we are in has 42 slopes and 36 lifts. We felt there was quite a lot of slopes in a concentrated area (great when you don’t want to make the children walk miles), and a great variety for various skill levels too. It meant we didn’t have to head off to far in our limited grown up time for a few slopes at our level, but when we were skiing with the children we had plenty of options too. We could also easily access other areas within Sälen as well if we wanted to head on a little longer adventure. The pistes are well looked after and were not busy at all when we were there, despite the resort seeming to bustle with people. The lift queues are virtually non existent, and everything moves along well. As well as downhill skiing options there is a lot of cross country options available if that style takes your fancy. There are flood lit areas for both cross country and downhill which is great as daytime light hours are a little limited in Swedish winters! Lots of them are nice and wide too which is great when 5 of you are trying to get down as a family!
One trail that was really popular with our little men was Valletorget. Valle is the mascot for the area….a snowman on skis. This trail has lots of little huts along it where you can see things such as Valle’s workshop (he’s on tv doing various things) and his stage which hosts shows with Valle during the week.
We found skiing at Sälen a lot of fun and very easy. Everything was so well organised, looked after, and efficient, it made it much easier to get out there with three children in tow. It made the chances of everyone having a good experience were much higher. The staff were so lovely too. Little touches didn’t go unnoticed. The lift staff congratulated the little ones when they managed a lift on their own, but would help them if it looked like they wouldn’t manage. The important thing was though that they gave them a chance to manage. The smaller children (so our two twins for us) had their name and contact details on a sticker on their helmets. The lift staff would then use their names when speaking to them as well. A really lovely touch. Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t without our dramas…..twisted knees, a gash on the head, and bruised backs, but overall the holiday was a huge hit.