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What to expect when heli skiing in Sweden

and why it should be your next heli skiing trip…

Sweden not only offers a fantastic closer-to-home option for a heli skiing adventure for travellers coming from the UK but it is also home to one of the last, great wildernesses in Europe – and it’s all just waiting to be explored.   

Although the season is quite short, with heli skiing from mid-March to the end of May each year, the long daylight hours and flexible small group set-up make this option one for the bucket-list.  Things are quite relaxed out here and there is no set timetable; given the long daylight hours the guides can choose the best time to go flying, so you can be sure to get your powder fix whatever the weather throws at you.

Photo by Fredriksson 

The Programme & Skiing 

This programme is best suited to groups of 4 guests. There is a maximum of 2 groups per helicopter so if you are a group of 8 guests then you can have the choice of either sharing a helicopter on a semi-private basis or each taking your own helicopter on a private basis.  Each group will ski with one guide. The programmes range from 3-and 7-day trips (and everything in between) so we can tailor the experience to suit your need.  Looking for a long weekend – no problem!

The helipad is just 50 metres away from the lodge, so it really is just a matter of putting on your ski boots and catching your lift straight to the wilderness!  As there is no tree skiing in Sweden, guests spend their days in the high Alpine where there is a huge variety of open bowls and steep descents. And in terms of the scale, guests have access to an immense ski area which is similar to the size of Austria! The average runs are around 800 metres of vertical descent.  

Who are the guides? 

The guides at Heliski-Guides Sweden are fronted by IFMGA guide Stefan Palm; he is an extremely experienced Swedish Mountain Guide who has heli skied all over the world. Stefan is a world leader in heli skiing and he set up Heliski-Guides with his wife Pia who is in charge of the logistics and daily routines.  All the guides have a vast knowledge for the area where they fly as well as a huge passion for skiing making sure that their main aim is to get the guests skiing as much as they possibly can, and as safely as they can. They are all highly trained to ensure the highest levels of safety and are obviously fully trained to manage the risk of skiing in the backcountry.

Photo by Abisko Mountain Lodge

Where do the guests stay? 

The Abisko Mountain Lodge is the base for our Swedish adventure run by the wonderful hostess Mina, and her husband Dick who is also an IFMGA guide (and works with Stefan a lot).  You will find the Abisko Mountain Lodge situated in the Lapporten Valley in Lapland, Northern Sweden. The lodge itself has 20 rooms and is set in a stunning location which overlooks the surrounding Abisko Mountains. Its rustic style makes for a very comfortable stay; and the hotel has a sauna, hot tub and one of the best restaurants in northern Sweden which provide the perfect place to relax after a day’s skiing.    

The restaurant hosts chefs from all corners of the world, and use only local products from the area – so expect reindeer, fish from the nearby rivers and foraged berries.  Each morning guests are treated to a large buffet breakfast with a selection for all international guests. Lunches are picnic style and usually eaten out in the field and at dinner there is a 3-course meal to refuel ready for the next day…

 How do you get there? 

 The closest airport to Abisko Mountain Lodge is Kiruna; which is a 1 hour drive or a short helicopter ride if you’d prefer.  There are no direct flights from London to Kiruna however you can connect through Stockholm; and a few of our guests will tag on a weekend here post heli ski! 

Photo by Fredriksson

If you’re interested in finding out more about Heli Skiing in Sweden or any of our other heli ski destinations then do get in touch with our heli ski experts today or call the office on +44 (0) 207 736 8191!

Posted by: Zillah Bell

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