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Four reasons to try spring skiing in Sweden

Winter may be over, but the ski slopes are just warming up! It’s time to embrace that perfect time of year that Swedes call “Vårvinter” (Spring-Winter).

Four reasons to try spring skiing in Sweden

Swedish skiers regularly take to the slopes to experience the best of both worlds, enjoying the final months of crisp white snow while welcoming in the springtime sun.

Whether you’re looking for a post-winter getaway with friends or an unforgettable family adventure, Stöten, a picturesque resort in Dalarna’s Sälen mountain range with sprawling views of the surrounding Swedish and Norwegian mountain ranges, has a range of exciting experiences for downhill and cross-country skiers of all ages.

While the word ‘skiing’ commonly conjures up images of an icy midwinter activity, The Local fills you in on four reasons why you should try spring skiing in Sweden.

Plan your springtime ski trip at Stöten

1. Soak up the sunshine

Every skier has experienced the midwinter frustration of waiting impatiently for the sun to appear.

In spring, you’ll be hitting the slopes at the crack of dawn and making the most of those extended daylight hours. Not only will you enjoy an earlier start time, you can soak up those rays for hours before the sun sets in the late afternoon sky.

Stöten caters for the early risers with morning skiing from 07.30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The night owls can witness the sun disappearing into the horizon before making their descent between 19.30-21.00 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Springtime might just be the best time of the year to ski at Stöten. Photo: Stöten.

2. Ditch the crowds

If you’re a winter skiing regular, you’ve probably become accustomed to queuing for lifts, bars, restaurants, cafes, etc.

One of the biggest benefits of waiting until the end of the skiing season to plan your getaway is the lack of crowds. The shorter lift times will free up more time for the reason you’re there in the first place, allowing you extra hours to carve up those icy peaks.

3. Refuel your engine or wind down at the afterski

After working up a sweat on those sunny slopes all morning, you’ll be ready to refuel. Instead of disappearing inside again, why not enjoy the charms of one of the outdoor eateries? Stöten has you covered with a range of options.

For those of you wanting to take off your skis and rest your legs, the Brasserie is the perfect place for you. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers both buffet and á la carte selections. Head out onto the terrace to soak up that much-needed vitamin D between 15.00-17.00 with some sweet tunes from Stöten’s hottest DJs.

Perhaps you’re looking for a quick pit stop before hitting the snow again? Stöten’s newest eatery, Älvans Restaurant & Café, offers a ski-in/ski-out location for those of you on the run.

Wander in out of the snow and pick up some hot, freshly made waffles with jam and cream. Afterall, a Swedish ski holiday isn’t complete without a winter-warming afternoon fika from Våffelstugan.

Plan your springtime ski trip at Stöten

4. Just starting out?

New to the world of skiing and looking to improve your technique in a calm atmosphere with softer, more forgiving snow? Springtime skiing offers a sorbet-like snow, perfect for beginners and children alike.

Don’t be fooled by the chilled-out vibe and the lack of crowds.

Springtime is buzzing with activities for the whole family. Stöten offers swimming, sauna, snow safaris, dog-sledding, bowling and much more. The kids can hang out in the Wolf Club while parents wind down at the spa or the gym.

Easter holidays are jam-packed with events to keep the kids busy, with Good Friday face painting and Easter arts and crafts. After taking part in the indoor activities, it’s time for the kids to take to the snow again. They can race solo in the Wolf Club Trophy or compete as a family in the Blåkulla Trophy.

Whatever your age or skill level, you can expect an unforgettable skiing experience this season at Stöten.

This article was produced by The Local Client Studio and sponsored by Stöten.

NORWAY

PROFILE: Norway’s ‘complete competitor’ Aksel Lund Svindal

Norwegian colossus Aksel Lund Svindal will go down in the annals of alpine skiing as one of the very best after claiming world silver in his farewell downhill race on Saturday.

PROFILE: Norway's 'complete competitor' Aksel Lund Svindal
Aksel Lund Svindal celebrates third place in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images North America / AFP
Coming in just two-hundredths of a second behind teammate and close friend Kjetil Jansrud was the perfect send-off for the 36-year-old Svindal.
 
Svindal has been one of the stars of the ski circuit with 11 titles (overall-2, downhill-2, superG-5, giant slalom-1, combined-1), 36 victories (14 downhill, 17 super-G, 4 giant slalom, 1 combined) and 80 podiums in 17 
seasons on the World Cup.
   
In addition to being a two-time overall World Cup champion (2007, 2009), he is also a five-time world champion in downhill, giant slalom and super combined, and won Olympic golds in the downhill (2018) and super-G (2010).
   
Standing 1.89m (6'2″) tall, Svindal said he was prepared for the next stage of his life.
   
“I think I'll miss it not in a sad way, in a way that is 'That was awesome',” he said. “But even good things come to an end and you can think back at all the good memories.”
   
The ever-modest and affable Svindal, be it speaking in his native Norwegian or fluent English or German, pinpointed respect as the one thing he wanted to take with him from skiing.
   
“This is an awesome sport, not just the racing part, but the respect between the racers,” he said. “There's a lot of things this sport can be really proud of and I'm part of that sport so that's something I want to try and take with me into other things I do. I hope I contributed on that side in the sport as well.”
 
 'Amazing career'
 
Norwegian teammate and long-time World Cup 'Attacking Viking' confidant Jansrud was full of praise for Svindal.
   
“There are not many people who get to retire with such an amazing career,” he said.
   
Svindal made his World Cup debut in 2002 and went on to become the oldest Olympic alpine ski gold medallist when he swept to victory in the 2018 Olympic downhill in Pyeongchang.
   
In between, many kilometres of downhill skiing were covered by the racer credited as an outstanding role model and driving force behind the Norwegian team's winning philosophy of keeping it simple.
   
Svindal retires as one of the most decorated skiers ever, having being crowned world champion five times, twice picking up the crystal globe for best overall skier, as well as winning a medal of each colour at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
   
He is a complete competitor who has also had to overcome some horrific injuries, none less so than when he crashed in Beaver Creek in 2007. He also sat out the 2015 season and most of 2016 because of injuries.
   
But Svindal is known for his supreme physical conditioning, and each time he bounced back.
 
US ski star Lindsey Vonn, who ironically races her final downhill on Sunday, has forged a deep friendship with Svindal, often training together.
   
“When athletes in the past have retired, I've been the same way, 'No, you can do it, keep going, anything is possible',” she said. “But as an athlete, when you get to that point, you just know in your gut that it's time.
   
“Aksel is in the same position as I am. We are both kind of accepting where we are at the moment and it's just nice to be able to talk to someone who is going through the same thing as I am at the exact same time.”