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Vemdalen is one of Sweden's long-established ski areas, owned by the Same company that runs two other leading Swedish ski areas, Are and Salen as well as Hemsedal in Norway. The limited terrain is none the less varied so it's a good choice if you fancy somewhere different and off the beaten track for most mainstream British skiers and boarders. English is widely spoken and the atmosphere friendly, intimate and relaxed. Although Vemdalen won't suit those searching for lots of long runs, it is a good choice for those wishing to experiment with off piste - always assuming conditions are right.
A long established centre, with skiing as far back as 1930, Vemdalsskalet operates a fully interchangeable lift ticket with Bjornrike, both centres being owned by the same company.
Off piste is generally safer here than at many resorts, although it is still sensible to ensure you are in a group with a guide. The ski school takes off piste courses so its also a good place to learn your technique. Routes are possible with a hike or even just a traverse from the tops of many of the lifts above Vemdalen and above Bjornrike. At Vendalen you have the option of hiking further up Skalsfjallet than the lifts go to begin your descent. Of the four areas Vemdalen has the most opportunity for above treeline powder field skiing, when conditions are good. All four have plenty of tree skiing opportunities.
Night skiing is available on two or three evenings per week, depending on the season.
Vemdalen is a great place to take a Telemark ski class or get in to cross country - there are 200km of cross country terrain.
All of the individual ski areas have their own kids' clubs - Björnrike - Björnbus,
Vemdalsskalet - Skalmanklubben, Klövsjö - Klövsjöligan and Storhogna - Storhognakul. The facilities are available to children from age two.
Ski school is also available for children almost as soon as they can walk.