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Riksgränsen Resort Reviews

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Riksgränsen Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Riksgränsen Ski Resort

Riksgränsen Ratings

Overall: 3.5. Based on 2 votes and 6 reviews. Vote

Access: 4.0

(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 Riksgränsen.

Public Transport: 4.0

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Riksgränsen, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.0

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 3.0

(1) No places to stay in/near Riksgränsen, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.0

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 5.0

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Riksgränsen.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.0

(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.

Childcare: 3.0

(1) There are no child care facilities at Riksgränsen, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 5.0

(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) Riksgränsen is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 3.0

(1) Riksgränsen relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.0

(1) There are no snow groomers at Riksgränsen, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Riksgränsen are groomed daily.

Shelter: 1.0

(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) Riksgränsen is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.0

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Riksgränsen, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 5.0

(1) Riksgränsen usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.0

(1) The staff at Riksgränsen are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Riksgränsen are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 5.0

(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: 3.0

(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: 3.0

(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) Riksgränsen has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 2.0

(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.

Intermediates: 5.0

(1) No intermediate terrain at Riksgränsen, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 5.0

(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: 1.0

(1) Not even a kicker at Riksgränsen, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 5.0

(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.

Cross-country: 5.0

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Riksgränsen, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Riksgränsen has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 2.0

(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.

Eating: 2.0

(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.

Apres-Ski: 2.0

(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: 2.0

(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.

Entertainment: 4.0

(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: 4.0

(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): 4.0

(1) Overall, Riksgränsen 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): 4.0

(1) Overall, Riksgränsen 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.

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April 27, 2012
A Chinnery from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from a trip around northern Scandinavia that included 3 days skiing/boarding at Riksgransen. Conditions in mid-late April were fantastic, no queues, facilities (loos, cafes) are limited but adequate. None of the groomed runs are really steep but they are interesting (they are not straight runs, and have many camber changes) so do offer some challenges for intermediate skiers. The resort comes into its own for off-piste skiing, which is extensive and it's the off-piste that seems to draw most people there. There is heli-skiing and helicopter sight seeing tours. Riksgransen is not a town/village - there is really not a lot there apart from the skiing and one hotel/restaurant and a few cafes. For those looking for a typical family skiing holiday resort, Riksgransen is probably not it, but for keen skiers/boarders looking for some seriously good snow, a late season, and in a fantastic setting then it is worth a visit.
December 26, 2010
TC from Ski Netherlands Netherlands
Hi Closest airport of Riksgransen is not Stockholm but Kiruna (Swedish Lapland) with a direct flight from Stockholm. From here you can take a direct train to Riksgransen. Another option is to fly to Narvik (Norway) via Oslo and take the (direct) train to Riksgransen. All other comments are true: a great place to ski/board :-)
April 01, 2008
D from Ski Sweden Sweden
Riksgränsen is by far the best resort in Sweden for free riding, both on skis and snowboard. I would say that the resort profile on this page is severely wrong when stating that the mountain wouldn't appeal to an expert skier. Sure there 'aint much steep groomers but the inbounds off-piste terrain on the front side of the mountain is sick, steep and littered with cliffs. The backside is more mellow with longer and more open runs. There is also seriuos hike-to terrain on Nordalsfjäll, the venue of the Scandinavian Free skiing Championships, with steep (up to 55 degrees,long runs and cliffs up to 60 feet. Riksgränsen is also one of the resorts, in Sweden, that receives the most snow. [Editors note: Thank you for your comments. I have now altered the text in the notes to provide a more honest profile.]
December 20, 2005
Frida from Ski Sweden Sweden
Riksgränsen definately offers the best skiing conditions in Sweden! If you haven't visited Riksgränsen yet, I strongly recommend you to do so! Great off pist skiing as well as good skiing in pists. However, I feel that Riksgränsen is not the ideal choice for inexperienced skiiers and children - they will probably have a better time skiing in (for example) Hemavan-Tärnaby. I've been to Riksgränsen numerous times and I'm going back again in March. I'm soooo looking forward to it!!!
December 18, 2005
Marcus Broberg from Ski Sweden Sweden
This is the best ski resort in Sweden. The only bad thing about it is that it is far away up north. I love it because of the snow, and that there isn't any queue at the lifts. It has everything you need for a weeks stay, like supermarket, pubs, restaurants etc..I was there in March 2004 and I will be there again in February 2006. Marcus
October 26, 2005
J.L from Ski Sweden Sweden
Riksgränsen is the most northerly ski resort in the world! The pists, slopes, light and wide open spaces here are well known. Even though it's some 500 km's away from the Tärna mountains , It's part of the Tärnaby-Hemavan ski resort companies. This means you can by your season pass in Tärnaby to cover Tärnaby-Hemavan & Riksgransen. So the season starts in Tärnaby at the end of October/ early November and Finishes in Rikgransen about the 19th June ! You work it out ... that's a lot of weeks ski'ing or boarding ! The ski lifts at Riksgränsen are close to the hotel and take you to a choice of 34 different decents. offpist options, peak trips that give you a thrill, Midnight Sun-skiing that remains a memory for ever and some wonderful heli-skiing. Tip. Start Tärnaby/Hemavan ( www.tarnabylapland.com )in February until late April and and then head North to Riksgransen ( www.riksgransen.nu ) for May and June!