Visitor reviews for Hemavan and Tärnaby Ski Resort
February 12, 2007
Matt Page from Sweden
TÄRNABY: SMALL VILLAGE, BIG SKIING
Skiing Gold: Small Swedish Village Produces World’s Skiing Elite
TÄRNABY, SWEDEN – 12th February 2007
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Located at the centre of Sweden’s most accessible and spectacular alpine regions, it is little wonder that the remote and peaceful village of Tärnaby continually produces Swedens – and the worlds - skiing elite.
Surrounded by 550 000 hectares of mountainous ranges – it’s Europe’s largest nature reserve and 3 times the size of Luxembourg - and with a population of only 600 inhabitants, Tärnaby has proven to be an unparalleled fertile training ground for world champion alpine skiers. Its far north location offers the best possibility for training with long seasons and great coverage.
Tärnaby has a historic and illustrious skiing tradition and the list of medalists is long; Olympic gold medalist Ingemar Stenmark and skiing legends Stig Strand and Bengt Fjällberg. More recently, Olympic gold medalist Anja Paerson and newcomer Jens Byggmark have been dominating the world circuits with their extraordinary poise and power.
Indeed, it seems local favourite Anja Paerson is going from strength to strength after recently picking up her 7th World
Championship gold medal with her victory on Sunday´s downhill. This makes her the only person in history to win gold medals in all five world championship disciplines. And all eyes are now on Jens Byggmark after his astonishing two World Cup win Slalom in Austria this year.
“Credit must be given to Tärna IK Fjällvinden, the local sports club,” comments to Stig Strand another local skiing champion. “There must be something in the water up here” he chuckles, as he recounts the sports club impressive successes: 122 World Cup victories, 10 World Championships victories and 3 Olympic gold’s.
“The club is very hands-on,” states Thomas Ringbrant, director of Tärnaby’s Ski Camp and an active club member. “It’s run on a volunteer basis … the people here have a real passion for skiing and, of course, everyone is inspired Ingemar Stenmark”. It is the work of all the local people in the village for generations that has made it possible to foster these ski stars.
Population: Circa 600.
Getting there: Stockholm, Arlanda – Hemavan. Approximately 90 mins.
For booking and information phone: +46 (0)954 305 30 or www.HemavanTarnabyAirport.se
Skyways Airline www.skyways.se
Accommodation: A wide selection. Please contact the tourist office for further information.
Number of runs in resort: 35
Number of lifts: 11
Highest peak: 681 meters with lift, 1313 meters in Heliski
Best time to travel: offers skiing from October to 1st week of May.
Learn to ski: Tärnaby Ski School - training takes part on Anja’s home slope.
Activities: Ski camp with training facilities (open in October) with professional coaches. Night skiing, snow cannons, snow park, hiking, dog sledging, fishing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow mobiles, heli-skiing.
Highlights: Northern Lights (Dec- Feb) and Midnight sun (May –Aug) in Tärnaby in Lapland.
• Tarnaby is a small village in north-western Sweden. It can be driven through in less than a minute, legally.
• Skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark spent part of his childhood living on a street in Tarnaby called Slalomwagen – Slalom street.
• Tarnaby alone, could be ranked eighth among all countries in terms of skiing victories, ahead of Norway and Canada.
• Statisically, every 4th person that lives in Tarnaby could have a gold medal around their neck!
Hemavan and Tärnaby Ratings
Overall: 4.9. Based on 1 vote and 2 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Hemavan and Tärnaby.
Public Transport: 5.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Hemavan and Tärnaby, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Hemavan and Tärnaby, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 5.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Hemavan and Tärnaby.
Ski in/Ski out: 5.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Hemavan and Tärnaby, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Hemavan and Tärnaby is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Hemavan and Tärnaby relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 5.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Hemavan and Tärnaby, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Hemavan and Tärnaby are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Hemavan and Tärnaby is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Lift Staff: 5.0
(1) The staff at Hemavan and Tärnaby are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Hemavan and Tärnaby are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 5.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 5.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 5.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Hemavan and Tärnaby has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Hemavan and Tärnaby, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 5.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Hemavan and Tärnaby, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Hemavan and Tärnaby, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Hemavan and Tärnaby has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 5.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 5.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 5.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 5.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 5.0
(1) Overall, Hemavan and Tärnaby is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 5.0
(1) Overall, Hemavan and Tärnaby is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
May 10, 2006
Sophia from Sweden
For beautiful nature,guaranteed snow and no large queues for the lifts,(Easter can be very hectic) I would recommend the small resorts of Tärnaby-Hemavan in Southern Lapland. Great runs, fantastic off-pist, heli-skiing, snowboarding, cross- country skiing and snow scooter paradise ! There's something for everyone .. even dog sledding ! Tärnaby is home of Alpine legends Ingemar Stenmark and Stig Strand, more recently, World Champion Anja Pärson. Best times to Ski - from February to end of April. However, November is great at the start of the season. It's a bit dark in December and January , but it's still a magical winter wonderland! Good New Years parties. For budget,comfortable accommodation with wonderful views check out www.TarnabyLapland.com . They're building a new Backpacker section ready for early 2006 season.