/ Skiing + Northern Lights
Mini-mi (12 years old, confident on red runs, just starting blacks),
T'other half (complete novice), and
Myself (happy on most blacks, as long as they're not icy or just endless bumps).
We'd also like to see the Northern Lights!
Ideas for decent Scandinavian resorts, preferably family-oriented and not rowdy/full of p*ssheads?
Thanks in advance!
I live 2hrs from Åre (Biggest resort in Scandinavia I think) and Oppdal (Biggest resort in Norway) and was here all last winter and have skied at both. I love it here, but I go touring and mainly ski off-piste.
If you're really set on going to Scandinavia, then Åre is the best for your needs (You'll want to avoid this club and it's surrounds: http://www.bygget.se/ - I loved it though ;-) ). Don't go to Oppdal, it won't suit your needs.
You'll need to be lucky to see the Northern lights, I only saw them 2 times last winter, although once was while driving home from Åre.
Here's a reasonable review:
But last season wasn't great and the mountains were fairly windswept, with the upper lifts often closed. I also found the reds and blacks hardpacked due to the wind, so not pleasant skiing; Having said that it's quite sheltered in the trees, and you could have a play on the off-piste as it's much easier to ski if the pistes are worn. The beginner slopes are very pleasant, and there's plenty of nice on-piste restaurants.
Can't guarantee the northern lights, but Trysil in Norway is an excellent little resort.
I don't think anything in Finland is ever particularly rowdy unless you go to the bars late at night. You would have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights if you go mid winter. The days are quite long by Easter, so you don't get so much chance. Further north there is Riksgransen on the Swedish/Norwegian border - that has a good rep with hardcore skiers for back country stuff, but may well be OK for beginners as well. They don't seem to open until Feb. I guess because of dark and cold. The Finnish resorts have plenty of lit runs so you can still ski once its dark, that being mid afternoon around New Year.
Well, Riksu is not perfect for families... but it does have a rather posh spa (not the tropical kind, but a proper one). The off-piste is rather good, and the groomers are varied but a tad limited.
The good thing is, that Narvik has another resort (unless it's bankrupt, again) and only and hours trainride away.
Thank you all very much! A lot of excellent info there to research my next trip! :o)
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