Lofsdalen, a small ski village with a big heart
By Malin Norman | Photos: Anette Andersson
For fantastic downhill and cross-country skiing, you’d do well to head to Lofsdalen. This charming village offers comfy accommodation, great outdoor activities right on its doorstep, and a genuine mountain atmosphere for the ultimate ski trip.
Lofsdalen is located in the south of Härjedalen, less than six hours’ drive from Stockholm. Here, you can experience world-class downhill skiing on some of the steepest slopes in Sweden, well-prepared cross-country skiing and snowmobile tracks in the wilderness, as well as an authentic and cosy mountain-village atmosphere.
“The wilderness is omnipresent, and unforgettable skiing is right on your doorstep,” promises Lotta Anestedt, CEO of Destination Lofsdalen. She emphasises the importance of a warm and personal welcome for all visitors. “Lofsdalen is a small village with only 180 locals, which contributes to the peaceful and genuine atmosphere. It’s something of a hidden gem – a small village with fabulous skiing, but also a big heart.”
World-class skiing and exciting activities
Lofsdalen is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and is a reliable ski resort with 25 slopes for all levels of downhill skiers, including one of Sweden’s steepest pistes, Rännan (42 degrees inclination) for those who dare to try – and there are great opportunities for off-piste skiing too.
Lofsdalen also attracts cross-country skiers from all over Europe, with over 122 kilometres of well-maintained tracks across the mountain and through the deep forests. The tracks are suitable for both the elite and for leisure skiers who just want to experience the fresh mountain air. The area is also a snowmobile paradise, with some 150 kilometres of prepared tracks.
In summer, Lofsdalen tempts visitors with activities such as hiking above the tree line, fishing for trout in lake Lofssjön, and cloudberry picking in the wetlands. The landscape is suitable for trail running too and, for keen bikers, Lofsdalen has one of the country’s best downhill bike parks. In the newly developed Lofsdalen Fjällpark MTB, easily accessible with the lift Lången Express, the whole family can enjoy numerous bike trails on the mountain with nothing but fabulous views.
Spectacular sky bar with whisky tastings
The resort offers something quite spectacular at the top of the mountain: Lofsdalen Skybar. On the cliff-edge of the peak, 1,125 metres above sea level, sits a restaurant and bar with 360-degree views of the Norwegian mountains, the national park Sonfjället, and the Swedish mountain Helags. From up here, the panorama reveals untouched wilderness as far as the eye can see.
But Skybar is more than just a treat for the eyes, with excellent cuisine and an impressive range of whisky in collaboration with Mackmyra, the renowned Swedish single malt whisky distillery. Groups of at least six people can book a private whisky tasting, and down in Lofsdalen village, there is a wide range of options for hungry and thirsty visitors after a day enjoying the outdoors.
The singing and dancing blue bear cub
Lofsdalen is the perfect destination for families with children, with lots of space for fun and play. Many ski slopes are kid-friendly and ski instructors attend the lifts in Snölandet and Loffeliften so the little ones can get tips and help. In the dedicated children’s area, they can play among witches and fun figures on the slopes. After a day outside, the family-friendly activity house awaits with an indoor play area, bowling and shuffleboard, as well as a restaurant.
Lofsdalen’s very own mascot Loffe also entertains on the slopes. This blue bear cub is a charming mix of kind and mischievous. But why is Loffe blue? Well, he was born in a bear’s den close to the mountain Hovärken on a cold and icy night. Like other bear cubs, Loffe was brown and furry at first, but he loved blueberries and couldn’t stop eating them, and eventually turned blue from top to toe. Also, he perked up so much from eating blueberries that he didn’t want to hibernate in winter. That’s why, while other bears are sleeping, Loffe is out playing with the kids in Lofsdalen.
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