Salen Ski and Snowboard Resort, Sweden

Salen is Scandinavia's largest ski domain, comprised of four separate ski areas, connected by free shuttle buses. The resort is renowned for having some good downhill and cross-country slopes, while catering especially for families and more importantly, children. From gentle gliding slopes and varied terrain to the only ski-through McDonald's in the world, the resort puts on some of the best facilities enticing kids and adults from all over.

The resort of Salen doesn't offer such spectacular scenery; however, its facilities for accommodating and entertaining families and beginners are unbeatable. The surrounding hilly area makes for gentle slopes and the resort is easily accessible, at only four to five hours' drive from Stockholm.

The resort can accommodate around 15,000 visitors at any one time, with a range of lodgings from cottages through to apartments and hotels. Although not famous for its après-ski, the resort does have around 40 restaurants and 10 discos. There are also some rather typical Scandinavian pastimes to try such as dog-sledding and horse sleigh rides; snowmobile tours; snow-scooter safari tours; ice-carting and paragliding.

Salen has 160 well maintained downhill runs, covering a total of 145kms. The runs favour the absolute beginner and early intermediates with 60 green runs, 31 blue runs, 31 red and 31 black.

There is a massive 300kms of additional cross-country skiing available at Salen, plus off-piste skiing and half-pipes for the more adventurous. One hundred ski lifts service the resort area, with a top elevation of 890m and a total vertical descent of 290m. Each of the four centres at the resort offers ski schools with tuition for children.

The season runs from mid-November to the end of April, with consistently good conditions throughout the season. The closest international airport is located in Stockholm, 400kms from the resort. Fly from the UK to Mora, 90kms from Salen via Stockholm and board a transfer service or bus to the resort.

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