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[edit] Åre

Åre (pronounced ore-eh) is a locality and one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts situated in Åre Municipality, Jämtland County, Sweden with 1,260 inhabitants in 2005. It is however, not the seat of the municipality, which is Järpen. 25% of the municipal industry is based on tourism, most notably the downhill skiing and Downhill cycling resorts in Åre and Storlien. In the wake of it have grown hotel-facilities with recreational and shopping opportunities.

The ski lift system is on the Åreskutan mountain with its highest peak at a height of 1420 meters, which can be reached by a snowmobile lift. The village and ski area are accessible by bus and train. The nearest airport is Åre Östersund Airport.

[edit] The Town

Åre town is situated on the south-facing slopes of Mount Åreskutan and the mogul piste is just 200 metres from Åre Square. Over the years, Åre has hosted a large number of major ski competitions, the resort is a regular host on FIS Alipne Ski World Cup tour and hosted the 2007 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Last year the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup finals were held here in March. And of course, the Freestyle FIS World Cup 2008 , 2009 and this year the 2010 event.

Åre town has approximately 1,500 inhabitants and about 30,000 tourist beds, making Åre one of the largest ski resorts in Sweden; and most certainly the best! More about Åre here >>

The Freestyle FIS World Cup Åre 2009 event went very well. Spectacular skiing, a true freestyle spirit, no injuries – everything you can ask for, really. So we'll be doing it again next year. Se you all in the moguls here in Åre March 12–13 2010.

[edit] The Ski Area

Alpine destination Åre is of top international class and is one of the Nordic region’s most frequented holiday destinations. The trains arrive right in the middle of the village and there are two international airports within a one hour drive from Åre. Åre is situated in the Jämtland district and the skiing area stretches from Duved situated to the west via the Åre village to Åre Björnen in the east. Åre is situated approximately 620 kilometres from Stockholm and 140 kilometres from Trondheim.

  • 46 lifts:
  • 32 t-bars and button lifts
  • 5 chairlifts
  • 1 alpine chairlift
  • 1 funicular
  • 1 gondola lift
  • 1 mountain chairlift
  • 5 moving walkways
  • Slopes 102:
  • 18 green (very easy)
  • 40 blue (easy)
  • 36 red (medium difficulty)
  • 5 black (difficult)
  • 3 non-prepared/not monitored

Given that some slopes can contain several levels of difficulty is calculating an estimate.

  • Lift capacity: Approx 48,560 pers/hour
  • Electrical lighting: 7 pistes
  • Longest downhill slope: 6.5 km
  • Total length prepared pistes: Approx 100 km (4,450,000 square metres prepared area)
  • Prepared cross country tracks: Approx 58 km of which 15.5 km lit up
  • Maximal fall height lifts: 890 m
  • Maximal skiable fall height (vessla): 1,035 m
  • Highest prepared skiing height: 1,274 m above sea level
  • Åreskutan summit: 1,420 m above sea level

Snow guarantee: Between December 12th and May 2nd

  • Number of children areas: 4
  • Dreamparks: 3
  • Number of beds: 31 000 beds
  • Number of visitors: 1 088 000 ski days (08-09) 1 056 000 ski days (07-08) 940 000 ski days (06-07)
  • Restaurants: Approx 50 restaurants
  • Bars & nightclubs: Approx 15 bars & nightclubs
  • Examples of other activities: Tobogganing, paragliding, Zipline, SPA:s, snowscooter, dog sledging, after ski, Moosegarden, Chokolat factory, saunaworld, horse riding, ice climbing etc

[edit] History

Åre of today is best known for its ski area and the city pulse/atmosphere during the winter peak season, but Åre as a tourist resort has a long history. As early as in the 12th century, thousands of pilgrims from all over Europe visited the village on their way to St Olaf’s grave in Nidaros, nowadays Trondheim. Åre and its surroundings as a destination for tourists from far away developed in the later part of the 19th century, initiating the transformation of Åre from a farming village to an international ski resort. Up to this point, the inhabitants of the valley were mainly engaged in farming, combined with hunting and fishing. The local church, Åre Gamla Kyrka dates back to the early 13th century. The early visitors were primarily attracted by the pure air and were often referred to as the ‘air guests’. Hunting and fishing were also major attractions, as witnessed by the hunting lodges built during the period ca 1880-1915, such as Skalstugan and Rensjösätern. The main focus in the early days of Åre tourism was on summer tourism and as far as into the 1970s, Åre had just as many visitors during the summer as in the winter.

[edit] The Course

The racecourse is situated in the Slalombacken piste, a mere 200 metres from Åre Square. The course will have a length of about 210 metres, 22 metres width with an average gradient of 26.5 degrees. The ladies’ pace time is estimated at about 24 seconds whereas the men should manage it in about 21 seconds.

The challenging course will again be designed by Janne Tjärnström, Leif Persson and Anders Fahlén.

[edit] Reference

  • Wikipedia Are [1]
  • Competition web link [2]
  • Link to FIS web site 2010 [3]

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