Ski resorts in Sweden now open

14th December 2020, by Abi Butcher

Swedish ski resorts of Åre (above), Sälen and Vemdalen will be opening this week

Swedish ski resorts of Åre (above), Sälen and Vemdalen will be opening this week

The Swedish ski resorts of Åre, Sälen and Vemdalen will be opening this week, joining Trysil and Hemsedal in Norway, which opened on 11 December. All resorts are owned by the company SkiStar, which says the decision has been taken after “an intense autum” and close dialogue — but asks skiers to take responsibility and “stay at home if you are sick”.

Heated shelters for skiers, digital check-in at lodgings and for purchasing ski passes and home delivery of ski rental equipment are just a few of the coronavirus precautions being taken at SkiStar’s ski resorts to help keep staff and clients safe.

SkiStar announced the openings this morning, saying there had been intense and close dialogue and consultation meetings with local and national healthcare and emergency services, resort companies and skiing industry organisations. The company says 84% of its lifts are outdoors (so only 16% enclosed cable cars/gondolas) and places a strong emphasis on individual responsibility, offering flexible cancellation and asking skiers and snowboarders to stay at home if they are unwell.

Stefan Sjöstrand, CEO of SkiStar AB, said: “The season will be different this year, but we are taking responsibility and have done everything we can to adapt to the situation. We follow developments closely, not least the recommendations of the authorities. Our top priority this season is to offer our guests and employees a safe and secure environment, along with memorable mountain experiences and great skiing. We welcome our guests to holiday with us in the mountains this winter, but they must not take a holiday from complying with the coronavirus restrictions.”

Sälen and Vemdalen both open today, Monday 14 December and all areas of Åre open on Friday, 18 December.

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