Simply fantastic skiing and the most amazing tented BBQ-picnic spots all over the mountain. Breathtaking scenery and no French style lift queues. Having skied in Sweden it will take a lot of persuading to go back to the busy, concrete resorts in the Alps.
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Fjall Garden is an amazing bar just 500m above the main cable car station in Are. It's done out as a hunting lodge, with open fires and a sundeck with reindeer skins on the south terrace. It has amazing apres-ski with live bands from 4pm. Best of all, you can get up to it from town on the little funicular railway, or ski down from the chairlifts. It's only a 500m slide if you have to ski back to the main village well refreshed and wobbly of leg.
Top of the funicular from beside the Are ski shop.
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Many of Are's blue runs go through subways under the black runs - no more stopping to look up hill for the 'airbourne' - you can just cruise on through.
We flew to Oustrund from Gatwick with Nielson - I think they are going from Heathrow this season - I believe Sweden is a fairly new ski destination by air but I understand Brits have long been visiting Are by an excellent sleeper train from Stockholm.
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