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Åre
Åre is located in Sweden
Åre
Coordinates: 63°24′N 13°05′E / 63.4°N 13.083°E / 63.4; 13.083Coordinates: 63°24′N 13°05′E / 63.4°N 13.083°E / 63.4; 13.083
Country Sweden
Province Jämtland
County Jämtland County
Municipality Åre Municipality
Area [1]
 - Total 1.57 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Population (2005-12-31)[1]
 - Total 1,260
 - Density 802/km2 (2,077.2/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Åre (pronounced ore-eh) is a locality and one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts situated in Åre Municipality, Jämtland County, Sweden with 1,260 inhabitants in 2005.[1] It is however, not the seat of the municipality, which is Järpen. 25% of the municipal industry is based on tourism, most notably the downhill skiing and biking resorts in Åre and Storlien. In the wake of it have grown hotel-facilities with recreational and shopping opportunities.

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History

For more than 1000 years people have lived in the foothills of Mount Åre. 1000 years ago Åre's surrounding areas were inhabited by Vikings and Sami people. This can be seen in the names of the nearby villages, like Fröå and Ullå which descend from names of two Norse gods.

About 900 years ago in the 12th century the church of Åre was built and people had to convert from their old beliefs. Saint Olaf the Holy is a historical figure who has influenced the village and for centuries pilgrims passed through the village on their way to Trondheim. In the 18th and 19th century the copper mines in Fröå were important industries. Tourism started to grow in the early 19th century and Åre's first Grand Hotel was erected in 1896. The kings of Sweden and Norway came to stay in Åre and Storlien for recreational purposes since the 19th century.

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Tourism

Tourism in Åre started as King Oscar II in 1882 built the railroad to Trondheim in Norway. With this new railroad many people came to Åre to breathe the fresh air and to walk to the top of Åreskutan. They were soon known as “air-guests” (luftgäster).[2]

There was no hotel, but in 1888 Albin Wettergren opened a restaurant by the railroad station. In 1891 Åre Tourist Station opened and even more guests were attracted to the village.

A woman from Östersund saw this increasing tourism as a great opportunity to open a hotel and did so in 1895. It was called “Hotell Åreskutan”. Also Albin Wettergren opened a hotel (“Grand Hotell”). These were only a few of all the hotels that were going to be founded in Åre. [3]

In 1910, a funicular called “Bergbana” was built and was the third one in Sweden after the one in Skansen (1898) and the one in Kirunavaara (1907).[4] This was a more convenient way for the air-guests to reach the top of Åreskutan.

Winter events

Taking advantage of the Åreskutan fell, the major center for alpine skiing in Sweden has become (Åre (ski area)), sporting more than 30 modern ski-lifts. It hosted the Alpine World Championships in 1954 and 2007, and the annual Jon Olsson Invitational freeskiing competition, ending in 2007. In March 12–13 2010 the Freestyle FIS World Cup will be held in slalombacken close to the village centre.

Åre would also have been the secondary site for the alpine events of Östersund in its bid for the organization of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Notable persons

Henrik Windstedt - winner of the 2008 Freeride World Tour is from Åre. Lars Börje Ericsson, Olympic bronze medalist lives in the village as well as some other well-known and successful alpine skiers.

Summer events

Åre has since the 1990s become the largest mountainbike resort in Sweden. In 1999 it was the host for the UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships and it hosted the Nordic Championships 2007. There are numerous graded biking trails down the mountain. The Åre Bikepark is open from 1 May until 15 October and is the host for the Mayhem Festival.

During summer Åre can also sport hiking, paragliding, kayaking, and a golf course about 15 minutes form the village. In July every year there is a multisport competition in Åre - Åre Extreme Challenge. It counts as the Scandinavian championship in multisport.

"The worlds best ski-resort"

In 2008 Åre was appointed as the number one ski-resort in the world at the list from the magazine Condé Nast Traveller[5]

References


Comparison of Area units
Unitnearest SISI base
1 ca 1 m2 1 m2
1 a 1 dam2 102 m2
1 ha 1 hm2 104 m2
100 ha 1 km2 106 m2
non-SI comparisons
non-SImetricSI base
119.6 sq yard 1 a 102 m2
1076.39 sq ft 1 a 102 m2

Are (symbol a, pronounced /ˈɛər/ or sometimes /ˈɑr/) is a unit of area, equal to 100 square metres (10 m × 10 m), used for measuring land area. It was defined by older forms of the metric system, but is now outside of the modern International System (SI). [1]

It is commonly used in many countries—in particular, in Indonesia, French-, Portuguese-, Slovakian-, Czech-, Polish-, Dutch- and German-speaking countries—to measure real estate; elsewhere, the square metre is usually used. The are is sometimes used in combination with the centiare, e.g. "10 ares 12 centiares" = 1012 m2. Larger land areas are generally measured in hectares. The decare is commonly used in the former Ottoman countries, usually under local names. Other prefixes for multiples and submultiples of the are are not in common use. There are other local units which are exact multiples of the are, e.g. the Thai rai, 16 a.

The are is the standard unit of measurement for private plots of land (as opposed to large industrial and agricultural properties) in Russia and all the countries of the former Soviet Union. But since the original root word "are" has never been in use in Russian, and only the word "hectare" exists as a unit of land measurement, the Russian word for "are" is "sotka" (сотка), which roughly translates as "hundredth". Thus, the Russian language regards the hectare as the "root" unit of measurement, and a "sotka" is essentially a "centihectare", or (1 a × 100 ÷ 100). City dwellers in the former USSR use the term "sotka" to describe the size of their suburban dacha or allotment garden plots or small city parks; country dwellers or wealthy suburban homeowners use it to describe the size of the private yards around their houses, small private orchards, and the like. Hectares are used to describe larger plots of land, such as a factory complex, a collective farm, a university campus, or a nature preserve.

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Conversions

One are is equivalent to:

Metric

  • 0.0001 km2 (square kilometres)
  • 0.01 ha (hectares)
  • dam2 = 10 m × 10 m (a square 10 metres on a side)
  • 100 m2 (square metres)
  • 100 ca (centiares)

English units

  • 0.000 038 610 2 square miles (statute)
  • 0.024 710 538 international acres
  • 0.024 710 439 U.S. survey acres
  • approximately 1076.39 square feet

Other

See also

  • 1 E2 m² for a comparison with other areas

References

External links

  • US NIST Reference on SI, Table 7. Other units outside the SI that are currently accepted for use with the SI, subject to further review. Note that this source refers to BIPM SI 7th edition. Reference should be made to BIPM SI 8th edition.

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Åre [1] is a well-known ski resort in Jämtland, Sweden, approximately 80 km from the city of Östersund. The ski lift system is on the Åreskutan mountain with its highest peak at a height of 1420 meters, but the highest lift ends at 1260 meters, so the peak has to be reached by a snowmobile lift. The village and ski area are accessible by bus and train. The nearest airport is Åre Östersund Airport.

Get in

By train

SJ passenger train service [2] has daily trains from Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö. There are also night trains.

Veolia Transport [3] have day trains from Sundsvall and from Trondheim (together with NSB [4]). Veolia Transport also have night trains from Stockholm and Gothenburg during the winter.

By plane

Åre Östersund Airport: There are domestic flights operating daily from Stockholm to Åre Östersund Airport (SAS [5] and Flynordic [6]), direct bus from the airport to Åre costs about €25 one way. There are also charter flights from London[7], Moscow, Helsinki [8] and Copenhagen [9].

Vaernes Airport: You can also fly to Vaernes Airport outside Trondheim. International flights from London[10] and Amsterdam[11].

At the airport you take the local train to Hell (takes about 3 minutes). In Hell you take the train "Mittnabotåget" direct to Åre Railwaystation, it is worth checking the time of departure from Hell as the train only runs twice a day (in both directions). Generally there is a morning train at around 0900 and an evening train at around 1700. Avoid arriving at Hell station too far in advance as it is far less comfortable than waiting a few hours in a cafe at Vaernes airport!

If possible, pre-book your train tickets [12] (from station "Vaernes" to station "Åre"). The ticket price is 145 SEK one way although there are discounts for students.

Get around

Bus The Skibus goes every hour and connects the 4 villages Duved, Tegefjäll, Åre village and Björnen. The bus is free if you have a Ski pass, 20 SEK when the lifts are closed.

  • The view from the top of the mountain
  • Tännforsen, in the winter, a deep-frozen waterfall

Do

Skiing

Åre is probably most famous for the skiing, and the Åre ski area contains three different areas. These are:

  • Björnen
  • Central Åre and Högzon (High zone) (Also including Rödkullen)
  • Duved-Tegefjäll

There are one skipass for all the four different systems, however a separate skipass can be bought for those who only wish to ski in Duved-Tegefjäll at a cheaper price.

Björnen

Family friendly and laid back. Featuring long blue slopes and a big children's area.

Central Åre, Highzone, Rödkullen

The biggest area, where also most of the people are which sometimes means there are long queues to the lifts. Best before lunch, when the pistes are in their prime condition and many people have not gotten out of their cabins yet.

Duved-Tegefjäll

Some of the best slopes in the entire system. Long, perfect slopes and not many people. The 6-chair express lift takes you to the top in no-time.

For an easy and fun off-piste experience, take the 6-chair lift to the top, go straight right and down the ravine, a fun and fairly easy off-piste run which features an naturally shaped halfpipe.

Pistemap: [13]




Åre has the largest Zipline park in Europe.

  • There are many other extreme sports which you can endulge in Åre, for example kite-flying, ski-doo safaris, horseriding, ice-climbing etc.
  • Visit Åre Chokladfabrik and watch as they make chocolate, +46647-15580 (, fax: 46647-15589).   edit

Buy

Don't miss the stores of local clothing manufacturer's Extreme and Peak Performance

  • Extreme, Åre Torg
  • Peak Performance General Store, Åre Torg

Swedish sports retailer Stadium also recently opened a shop which offers slightly cheaper equipment aswell as high-end brands.

  • Stadium, Åre Torg

Hanson and Åre Skidsport, both found on Torget (the plaza) are other retailers that offer ski and snowboarding equipment and clothing.

Åre is full of small shops that offer locally made handicraft and various sovenirs.

Don't miss Mountain Recycle which is a store that resells used ski and snowboarding equipment at great prices.

  • Mountain Recycle, Årevägen 70

The outstanding luxuary store in the village, Åre Guld (Åre Gold) for the ones who wants to buy weddingrings and local made jewels.

  • Åre Guld, Stationsvägen 16
  • Buustamons Fjällgård, In the ski system. Excellent food and environment. Good hamburgers.
  • Fjällpuben, One of the best kitchens in Åre, serves local dishes. Situated behind the Etreem Store and Handelsbanken.
  • Wersen's, Åre torg, Pizza and a la carte.
  • Broken just above the plaza close to Bergbanan offers great burgers and other American diner dishes and a great atmosphere
  • All Stars, just above Åre Torg, at the MittiÅre-Building.
  • Max, Åre Torg, pricy fast food with good burgers.

Drink

Åre is the party hub of Sweden during the winter, and there is party 24/7, if not in one of the bars or clubs then in a cabin not far away.

Popular spots are among others:

  • Bygget
  • Werséns
  • Diplomat

If you like to relax and talk you can go to for example:

  • Fjällgården
  • Tott

or one of the many bars and restaurants scattered around Åre Torg.

Sleep

There is lots of Accommodation in Åre--hotels, apartments, cabins and campings.

Skistar, the owner of the ski system have lots of lodging and accommodation available on their website [15]

Hotels:

Apartments:

The slope "Tväråvalvet" is one of the best slopes in the skiarea
The slope "Tväråvalvet" is one of the best slopes in the skiarea
The new Telemixlift "VM8" in the World championship area
The new Telemixlift "VM8" in the World championship area

There are 40 lifts and 100 slopes in the skiarea.

Slopes:

  • Green: 11
  • Blue: 42
  • Red: 40
  • Black: 7
  • Night skiing: 7 slopes
  • Longest slope: 6500 meters
  • Total length of pistes: 95000 meters

Lifts:

  • Lifts: 40
  • Chairlifts: 5
  • Reversible Ropeways: 1
  • Gondolas: 1
  • Funiculars: 1
  • Surface lifts: 32
  • Liftcapacity: 48000 persons/hour
  • Mountain high: 1420
  • Mountain low: 372
  • Vertical drop: 890

Night Skiing

If you are watching the broadcasts from the World Cup competitions in Åre you probably think the races is running in daylight when in fact the sun had already set. This is due to the superb floodlight system covering two of the best pistes in Åre, Gästrappet and Lundsrappet (serviced by the skilift "VM8"). The visibility is actually better in the floodlight than in natural daylight. There is also night skiing on other pistes as well, but the most brilliant is found at Gästrappet and Lundsrappet.

Night skiing season 2007-2008:

  • ÅRE VILLAGE

Skilift "VM8" Week 52-10 Monday, Wednesday and Friday (not 24/12)

  • DUVED

Skilift "Hamreliften" Week 52-10 Tuesdays and Saturdays

  • BJÖRNEN

Skilifts "Björnliften", "Nalleliften" and "Vargliften". Week 52-10 Thursdays and Sundays

The night skiing is between 18:00 and 20:00.

Summer

4 lifts are open in the summer as well. You can take the cabel car up to the peak and enjoy the beautiful view! Or why not eat at the highest located restaurant in Sweden: Stormköket.

Åre has the largest Zipeline park in Europe. The longest ride takes you on a 400 meter adrenaline kick above Åre's wild nature. A must for everyone who loves extreme excitement and beautiful nature. Everybody can zipline since the speed can be adjusted to age and demand.

Routes through Åre
ENDTrondheim  W noframe E  ÖstersundSundsvall
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