Where to go skiing in Stockholm (and nearby)

Stockholm might not be the best place for skiing and snowboarding in Sweden, but there are some great real and artificial slopes within easy reach of the city centre. Some are less than half an hour away from the main downtown sights, while others take a little more effort to reach – and then reward visitors with much better slopes.

Whichever ski area you opt for, don’t go expecting ultra-long runs and flashy après ski – the skiing in Sweden is relaxed and unpretentious, with short but well-managed pistes. Follow our guide to the best ski areas near Stockholm and you’ll be whizzing through the snow in no time at all!

Hammarbybacken

Hammarbybacken is a great place to ski in central Stockholm

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Less than 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Stockholm, this well-run ski facility is about as convenient as it gets. Rising around 100m above the surrounding streets, the hill is manmade, but it does rely on chilly weather for its snow – and is therefore only an option when Stockholm is shivering through a cold snap. The four short runs are served by a single lift, and there are conveyor belts and ski classes for newbies.

You can buy a ski pass at Hammarbybacken for around 45 SEK and then load it with as much or as little time as you want – 130 SEK buys you an hour’s access to the lift, while a full day costs 225 SEK. Ski gear is available to rent at the slopes and there’s a café to warm up in when your teeth start chattering.

Getting there

You can actually drive to Hammarbybacken (there’s parking on site) but public transport may be easier, especially if you’re planning to hire skis or a snowboard when you arrive. From Slussen in central Stockholm, take bus #403 east towards Nacka Sickla allé (around six minutes). It’s then a 10-minute walk south along tree-lined Sickla allé to the ski slope – turn right when you reach the water and then cross the narrow footbridge.

Flottsbro

Flottsbro ski area near Stockholm

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Around 25km southwest of the city centre, you’ll find the highest ski area in the greater Stockholm region. There are five slopes at Flottsbro, including one that’s 700m long. These slopes are served by three lifts, and there are some fun, family friendly facilities, including a cosy restaurant, a sledging area and a ski park.

You can hire ski equipment on the spot or pre-book it online (this is recommended at busy times; just turn up and the right sizes will be waiting for you). Expect to pay around 50 SEK for a ski pass, which you can then load with time (100 SEK for an hour or around 280 SEK for a full day). The area around Flottsbro offers some lovely walks and, outside the winter season, there’s also good swimming.

Getting there

The easiest option is to take a pendeltåg (commuter train) from Stockholm’s Central Station to Huddinge Centrum (around 16 minutes). From there you can hop on bus #714 bound for Flottsbro – it takes around 25 minutes to reach the slopes.

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Ekholmsnäsbacken

Skiing near Stockholm

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Ekholmsnäsbacken is not very big, which makes it perfect for young kids and nervous adults who want to test their skills on the slopes. And, as a nice bonus, it’s extremely handy for those who’ve rented a car in Stockholm.

Situated on the island of Lidingö, a 25-minute drive east of the centre, this laid-back ski area invites you for family-friendly skiing and snowboarding, with lessons available at reasonable prices. An hour’s access to the lifts costs about 100 SEK, and a whole day costs about 275 SEK. There’s a ski shop onsite, along with a simple place selling snacks.

Getting there

Driving is easiest, though it is possible to get to the ski area with a rather long combination of subway, train and bus rides. Take the red tunnelbana (subway) line to Ropsten, then change to a #201 bus bound for Båtsmansvägen. From there it’s a 1.2km walk east to Ekholmsnäsbacken.

Ekebyhovsbacken

Ekebyhovsbacken is a good place for skiing in Stockholm

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West of Stockholm on the island of Ekerö, Ekebyhovsbacken is fairly easy to get to – if you have a car, at least. It’s a great option for families; there’s a ski school especially for kids, and there are separate lifts for newbies and more advanced skiers and snowboarders.

The four slopes are floodlit, which allows for night-time skiing and snowboarding, and the longest slope stretches for more than 500m.

Getting there

If you don’t have a car, Ekebyhovsbacken is around an hour’s bus ride from Stockholm. Take bus #176 from Solna station to Centrumslingan and then walk the remaining 20 minutes or so to the slopes, following Bryggavägen to the east.

Ragnhildsborgsbacken

Skiing at Ranghildsborgsbacken in Sweden

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Make the hour’s drive southwest of Stockholm to the outskirts of Södertälje and you’ll be rewarded with the sight of Ragnhildsborgsbacken, a small, volunteer-run ski slope that puts the focus firmly on children – though adults are welcome, too. They run an excellent ski school, and kids aged seven and under get free access to the lifts.

Even for adults it’s cheap, with a full day’s pass costing just 120 SEK. Note that there’s no equipment available for hire here, so make sure you bring your own.

Getting there

Drive from Stockholm or take the train from the Central Station to Östertälje. From there, bus #761 runs to Ragnhildsborgsvägen, a 15-minute walk south of the slope.

Romme Alpin

Romme Alpin skiing near Stockholm

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Situated in beautiful Dalarna, two and half hours from Stockholm, Romme Alpin is one of the closest ‘proper’ ski resorts to Stockholm.

It offers 30 groomed slopes, with something to offer skiers of all levels. The longest run here is 2.7km, and this part of Sweden is exceptionally beautiful – it really offers a genuine skiing experience, away from the bright lights of Stockholm. Adult ski passes cost around 370 SEK per day.

If you’re visiting Romme Alpin from Stockholm, you’ll definitely want to stay overnight. There’s a ski lodge onsite, or for a better range of options you could stay in nearby Borlänge – the STF hostel is a good cheap place to base yourself, while Quality Hotel Galaxen offers a bit more luxury.

Getting there

Seasonal ski buses run from City Terminalen in Stockholm, taking around two and half hours to reach Romme Alpin. Another option is to take the train to Borlänge (around two hours) and then use local transport. Train tickets are available to buy here.

Kungsberget

With 22 pistes and 11 lifts, Kungsberget is a great little ski resort around 220km north of Stockholm. The longest run can’t quite compete with the one at Romme Alpin (see above) but there’s a good snow park and you’ll find plenty of accommodation on site, allowing you to get straight out onto the slopes from your bedroom. Expect to pay around 360 SEK per day for a lift pass.

Getting there

If you’re heading to Kungsberget, drive or take the ski bus operated by Swebus – the fare includes a lift pass.

Sälen

If you can stretch to a journey time of around five hours, Sälen is well worth a visit. It’s one of our favourite resorts in all of Sweden, thanks to its laid-back vibe and family friendly facilities.

There are four main ski areas to explore here – Lindvallen, Högfjället, Tandådalen and Hundfjället – and each has its own personality. Apart from 100-or-so slopes, Sälen offers a snow park and plenty of placid areas for kids, including a fun ‘troll forest’ for them to ski through.

There are a few different ski passes available at Sälen, depending on how long you wish to spend in the mountains. Staying the night? There’s accommodation throughout the resort, or you could try this cosy B&B an eight-minute drive away.

Getting there

Several companies offer direct bus transfers from Stockholm to Sälen. Try Fjällexpressen and Swebus.

Bjursås

Bjursås has been open for decades and now offers around 60km of ski trails, plus opportunities for skating and ice fishing. It’s around 240 km from Stockholm, close to the fascinating copper mine in Falun. Cabins are available on site, and this swish self-catering guesthouse is less than 10 minutes away.

Getting there

If you’re travelling from Stockholm, the best (if not only) option is to drive. Reckon on a journey time of around three and a half hours, including a couple of quick stops.

FAQs

When’s the best time to go skiing in Stockholm?

Southern Sweden’s ski season doesn’t start as early as you might think. While resorts in the far north can receive good snow in October, it can take until January for a decent flurry to arrive in Stockholm.

Even then, you might want to wait a little longer – the weather in early March becomes a little milder and the days are longer, too, which makes for more pleasant skiing sessions. If at all possible, try to avoid the sportlov holiday, which can fall anytime from week seven (mid February) to week 11 (mid March), depending on which part of Sweden you’re in.

What about cross country skiing in Stockholm?

There are some good cross-country skiing areas near Stockholm. Try Hellasgården, which rents out cross country ski gear, or experiment with some of the routes listed on Skidspår (available in Swedish only).

 

Map of ski resorts near Stockholm

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