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Tandaadalen, Sweden, boasts the biggest snow park in the resort of Salen

A new airport in Sweden is set to open up the ski slopes of Scandinavia to travellers from Heathrow.

Scandinavia Mountains Airport opens on December 22. It is located in Sweden but just over the border from Norway and offers access to around 250 ski slopes in under an hour’s transfer time. 

From December 28, Swedish carrier SAS will be operating a direct service with London’s Heathrow, with one return flight per week on Saturday. This service will run until the end of the region’s ski season in April 2020. The flight time between Heathrow and the new airport will be two hours.

Previously, it was necessary to travel via Oslo or Stockholm to access the resorts.

The Norwegian family ski resort of Trysil is a 45 minute transfer from the airport, while the Swedish resort of Salen is just 25 minutes away.

Although the Salen area is less mountainous than, say, the French Alps, the resorts are close to the Arctic Circle which ensures plenty of snow. The less vertiginous slopes also make the resort ideal for beginners and families with small children. The highest point in the resort is 860m.

The airport has been developed by SkiStar, a Swedish ski-resort operator that owns Salen, Trysil and four other ski areas in Scandinavia, as well as a resort in Austria.

“We are delighted that SAS is able to offer the first international flights to the airport,” said Karl Sandlund, executive vice president commercial at SAS. “Short journey times, attractive timetables and fantastic opportunities for skiing and other winter activities in the Swedish and Norwegian mountains are what a lot of people are looking for. We are going to continue to develop our collaboration with SkiStar to… make it a whole lot easier to enjoy the Scandinavian winter experience.”

Salen is the largest skiing area in Sweden and boasts more than 100 slopes across four domains, including Lindvallen, Hogfjallet, Tandadalen and Hundfjallet. There is a shuttle bus running between the four domains. Non-ski entertainment includes a water park, walking and shopping, as well as more than 50 restaurants in the area.

Trysil is Norway’s largest skiing resort and is made up of four interlinked ski areas located around the 1,132m high Trysil mountain. Trysil has been rated the best ski location in the country for many years and offers slopes for all abilities.

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