I have been fortunate enough to visit the Ski resort of Are in
Sweden in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 to Ski Karting down the
Swedish mountains with the 'Back-up Trust' These have easily
been the best weeks I have ever had since my accident and I
still can't believe I am able to do it. The freedom and
exhilaration have to be experienced to be believed. My
second and subsequent trips have been as a 'Group Leader' for
Back-Up and I feel very honoured to have been asked to undertake
what is a very important role in the week's success.
Are is Sweden's number one ski resort, situated in the North of
Sweden. Are consists of four separate ski areas and villages,
which are partly interlinked and covered by one lift pass. The
scenery is breathtaking, low sweeping mountains covered with
pine forests, and the skiing is suited to all levels, plus there
are a good range of activities for the non-skier. Disabled
Skiing for all disabilities is catered for by the Total Ski
School based in Rodkullen.
Beginners are well catered for with some gently rolling slopes
at Duved and gentle runs at Bjornen. The tuition is excellent
and all the instructors speak English. Intermediates have a
great range of runs and areas to chose from, with the Are ski
area offering the most challenging terrain. Advanced skiers will
find some steep challenging runs, including the famous World Cup
run, plus some great off-piste to be explored with a guide.
There is a dedicated snowboard park, which is floodlit in the
evenings, plus benches at the top of many of the lifts to
accommodate snowboarders. Cross-country skiers are spoilt with
70 kilmotres of piste.