Skiing in Sweden

Sweden may not be the first place people think of when skiing in Europe comes into the conversation, though I have noticed a tendency for Australians to get mixed up between Sweden with Switzerland, the latter of which is really mountainous. Sweden doesn’t really have "alps" – indeed Sweden’s highest peak, Kebnekaise (2097m), is not even as high as Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko (2228m) – though some of its mountains are very impressive. But the massive ski resorts of Switzerland, Austria and France dwarf Sweden’s more modest skiing areas of Åre, Idré, Sälen and the like.

We have not even been to Sweden’s big resorts, but usually spend some days at Orsa-Grönklitt in Dalarna during the kids annual "sport holiday" in February, as we did this year. Grönklitt is perfect for relative beginners like us, but the ski runs are a bit short. Yesterday we spent the day at a ski area nearer home, Romme, also in Dalarna, but just south of Borlänge. We can drive up there in a few hours, so a day trip is possible. Romme has chairlifts, which is a treat for us, since Grönklitt only has T-bars and pommas, and the ski runs are longer and more numerous. Yesterday was lots of fun.

Until I managed to have a fall, that is, which has left me with a fracture of my shoulder, more specifically a non displaced fracture of the greater tuberosity of the humerus. I skied all day, but it was a painful experience and today I have spent the day at the hospital having X-rays, CT scans and doctors visits and I’ve got advice to remain off work for the next few weeks.

But Romme was beautiful, it was sunny and warm (max zero), and there was almost no wind. Perfect Spring skiing.

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