MAR 5 2022    
Skiing Vacation in Åre
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Skiing Vacation in Åre

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I recently went to Åre, located in the middle of Sweden, with a couple of friends skiing. It was a pretty unexpected trip because we bought our train tickets the day before we went. Even though it was a little stressful it’s still those spontaneous trips that are my favorites. This one was one of them. The train to Åre from Stockholm took about 8 hours or so but we were lucky because we found some seats with a table so we were actually able to play some board games on our way there. This made the travel time feel so much shorter and faster, which was really nice because otherwise it would’ve been wayyy to boring. Anyways, when we got there we checked in to our hotel which was located approximately 10 minutes of walking from the ski lift. Our room was very, nice and had lots of space for the 5 of us. We had also read that the ski lifts open at 9 in the morning so we went to bed immediately after we ate some yoghurt with Swedish müsli. We woke up at 7:30 the next morning and ate a lot of breakfast because we knew we had a long day ahead of us. We then put on our skiing clothes and went to the ski rent place and got our skis. After that we had to walk 10 minutes in our ski boots and skiing clothes and wow that was sweaty even though it was minus 18 degrees. When we finally reached the ski lift and saw the queue we realized that we would have to wait for 25 minutes to get on the lift. Luckily the queue got way shorter through out the day. I would say it went from 25 minutes of queue time to somewhere around 5 minutes at max. Anyways, when we got up with the first lift we turned around and saw a beautiful view of the valley. We also saw the flood that meandered through the valley. It was absolutely stunning and one of the most beautiful views i’ve ever experienced. However, the skiing conditions when it comes to the snow wasn’t really the best I’ve experienced because of a bit of ice here and there but it was good enough to not bring down the whole experience. From the top of the first lift we took another lift to get to the absolute top of the mountain. We thought that we had experienced the most beautiful of Åre but little did we know, it was even prettier from the absolute top of the mountain. We were now located above the clouds that looked so soft with the sun shining on them. The snow was also better at the top than it was lower down, which also contributed to the amazing experience. The only downside to the top of the mountain was the temperature that was very low and we were all freezing a little bit but it was definitely worth it. We had a very nice last run from the absolute top to the bottom of the mountain, the mountain was 1420 meters high. After a full day of skiing we were very tired but we still had to eat because you’re also very hungry after a full day of skiing. We decided to just buy some quick-cook tortellini. It was very tasty despite it’s simplicity, maybe because we were all so hungry. If you ask me, everything tastes a lot better if you’re hungry and if you’ve been outside for long. We were pretty lucky with the weather most of the days but we also had some days that had very bad weather with very bad sight and lots of rain. Despite those days with the bad weather i’d say that the trip was a success and I definitely recommend anyone visiting Sweden to check out Åre. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading my story!

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