SÄLEN – FAMILY FRIENDLY AND PLAYFUL
The third part of our trip, also the last part unfortunately was our visit to Sälen, Sweden.
We drove from Trysil Norway in 45 minutes to Sälen. Sälen is one of Sweden’s best-loved resorts. Consists of four ski areas: Lindvallen, Högfjället, Tandådalen and Hundfjället. In total there are 100 slopes in all directions of the mountain, 90 lifts and a total of 82 km piste length. The extensive snow systems guarantees snow all season around, but believe us, there is plenty of natural snow during the season. Sälen is a real family friendly place. Our visit was in the days before the start of the Christmas holiday, many families came to spend Christmas there.
Besides skiing, the four areas are a real mecca for families with children. You’ll find a water park, indoor surfing, cinema, a lot of shop possibilities, dog sled tours, snowmobile safaris, lots of children’s activities and lots of restaurant were they are serving local specialties. Our visit to Sälen was very unique in different kind of ways, read the article about the opening of the Scandanavian Mountains Airport. Besides that we also explored the slopes of Sälen ourselfs, and of course seen a lot of accomodations in the area.
The first day at Sälen we went up the mountain with Frederik, he is the Sales & Marketing manager of SkiStar Sälen but also one of the founders of Valle, the childrens mascot. It is a big friendly snowman. It was a little bit cloudy on the top but we made a lot of nice descents. We also saw the first Valle show of the season. In every SkiStar location Valle is present in all kinds of ways. The children really love him and all the children’s activities are built around the Valle theme. Afterwards we had lunch at Lodgebar Kajsasfisk (in the SkiStar Lodge Experium, the place where we stayed in Sälen) together. The fish soup I had was icredibly good! During lunch Frederik gave us a presentation about the area and all possibilities and highlights.
Sightseeing in Lindvallen, Högfjället, Tandådalen and Hundfjället.
In the afternoon we had a meeting with Sandra. Sandra showed us around in Lindvallen, Högfjället, Tandådalen and Hundfjället and we visited a lot of nice hotels, appartments and houses. There are plenty of possibilities in the four area’s were you can stay when you are on ski holiday in Sälen from small to big groups, and always near the ski pistes. You can also use the free ski bus if necessary. Because we finished the show around in one afternoon, we went skiing on Saturday morning with Sandra before we went to the official opening of the Scandinavian Mountains Airport. The weather was a bit better than the day before, a real nice start of our day!
Opening Scandinavian Mountain Airport
Afterwards we were picked up by Carina from Skistar Hemsedal. And together we went to the opening of the airport. It was very special to be part of such a big event. We were the only Dutch people attending the opening. A historical moment for everyone.
The next day was our last day allready. We went to the airport again to see the first landing of the SAS plain that was comming from Mälmo. Historical! Afterwards we had to go back to Lindvallen, pack our stuff and drove to Oslo where we had to fly home again.
It was a very special week. We have met many nice new people, seen many different ski areas and were part of a historic moment. Many thanks to all the people of SkiStar Norway & Sweden and also to Visit Norway that made our trip possible! We will be back.