X-country skiing is boring, right? Think again. In this article for The Telegraph I set off to debunk that myth – with a few bumps and scrapes along the way.
The village feels as close to the developed party vibe of the French Alps as you can get in Sweden, yet still significantly quieter – and for a conurbation of just 1,500 fulltime residents, it packs an impressive punch, with 11 restaurants in the White Guide. The recent FIS Alpine World Ski Championships saw the population swell, momentarily, by tens of thousands and tourists are drawn to the 100 pistes and 48 lifts that stay open for both winter skiing and summer mountain biking. Sadly, though, I didn’t have the legs for either.
Flatter Vålådalen, meanwhile, has barely changed for a century and professional skiers have been using it as a warm and cosy refuge from which to launch training camps into the surrounding pine forests. Arctic foxes and lynx are known to roam here and the Swedish, Norwegian and United States cross country teams regularly use it as a base, while simultaneously filling up on hearty soups, reindeer steaks, waffles, cured bear meat and arctic char.
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July 26, 2019