Most of the pistes around beautiful Vemdalen are ideal for beginners, but there are also some more challenging slopes...
Vemdalen actually encompasses three ski resorts: Björnrike, Vemdalsskalet and Klövsjö/Storhogna. Together, they form a total ski area of about 180km, incorporating four children's areas and three terrain parks, as well as lots of wide, gentle slopes that are perfect for beginners and near beginners.
Björnrike is the best area for younger children, while you will find some better slopes for intermediates around the little village of Vemdalsskalet. Charming Klövsjö, meanwhile, is unusual in that its sunny, family-friendly slopes are high up above the resort, while the more challenging runs are located further down.
There are also some off-piste opportunities for the experts, who will otherwise spend most of their time either around the Hovdefjället and Skalsfjället mountain peaks near Vemdalsskalet, or on the steeper runs further down the slopes at Klövsjö.
When it comes to the terrain parks, meanwhile, those in the Skalspasset area of Vemdalsskalet and in Klövsjö are good places for children and beginners to learn the ropes, while the park and ski cross track in Björnrike are better for the more experienced.
Downsides include that there are lots of T-bars - despite the opening of several fast chairlifts over the last few years. So if you hate draglifts, this might not be the best resort for you.
Located in the west of Sweden, the resort of Vemdalen is only about an hour away from the airport at Östersund...
However, you will generally have to change at Stockholm when flying from the UK.
Beginners will love learning the ropes on the many wide, gentle blue and green runs in Vemdalen...
With close to 300km of marked trails nearby, the resort is also a cross-country skier's paradise. However, more advanced downhill skiers are likely to find themselves somewhat limited.
The nightlife in Vemdalen is a bit limited, but holidays in this attractive resort should not break the bank...
Vemdalen is more of a family resort than a mecca for party animals. However, the resort does tend to liven up at the weekends, when you will find live music in some of the local bars. The small size of Vemdalen means you shouldn't have too much trouble tracking down any concerts taking place. Après-ski venues worth a look include the Valkojan Kafe & Bar and the various bars at the Hogfjallshotell.
Active non-skiers can have lots of fun in Vemdalen, which has the greatest appeal to groups looking for an all-round winter holiday, rather than a straight skiing holiday. Snow-mobile safaris, ice fishing and dog-sledge rides are among the options available.
Cost of living 7/10
Sweden, and Scandinavia in general, is often thought of as an expensive holiday destination. Skiers used to visiting big Alpine resorts such as Zermatt and Meribel will not be shocked by the prices in Vemdalen, though. In fact, alcohol prices in Sweden are low in comparison with those in other Scandinavian countries such as Norway. The fact that you can ski several areas on one single lift pass also makes the resort good value for money.
Attractiveness of the resort 8/10
Vemdalen is certainly not short of natural beauty. In fact, the village of Klövsjö is often described as the prettiest mountain village in Sweden. Anyone seeking a change from Alpine scenery will also appreciate the very different backdrop of forests and lakes in this part of Sweden.