Copperhill Mountain Lodge - Åre, Sweden

Scott and I ventured to the snowy mountains of Åre, in Sweden, earlier this year. A week of skiing and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate topped with a mountain of whipped cream were definitely on our agenda! In addition to daily trips to the sauna and hot tub to assist tired, achey muscles, and, visits to local restaurants in the area of course. Camera's, Go-Pro's and ski gear at the ready, we excitedly checked into the Copperhill Mountain Lodge, one late afternoon in January. Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful, snow-capped mountains, and, a skyline of rugged alpine trees too, Copperhill Mountain Lodge is situated on the very top of Mount Forberget. This alpine retreat boasts the most convenient of ski-in/ski-out access points, which definitely makes the early morning routine of getting ready for a day on the slopes, much more appealing. 

After we had checked in, we briefly wandered around the main entrance hall. We stopped by an unusual, bronze statue of a small girl who was 'dressed in warm clothes [ready] to go out in the cold.' (www.copperhill.se) We learnt that her name is 'Ute' and she was designed by Swedish artist; Charlotte Gyllenhammar. Guests of the hotel are encouraged to rub Ute's shiny little nose for luck, before they journey off into the cold outdoors. As we had just arrived, we saved this helpful tip for the next time we would be heading out into the snow.

We then briefly warmed our chilly fingertips by the roaring fire...

...wishing we had dry, chopped logs like these below, in abundance back home!...

...whilst gasping at the height of the ceilings that towered above us, and, the steep copper clad staircase that stood nearby. We quickly opted for the lift, and were on the fifth floor before we knew it, making a beeline for our new home for the week.

As soon as we had unlocked the door, dropped our bags, and raced over to the windows, we were greeted by this stunning late-afternoon sky...

Our suite featured Scandinavian interiors, no surprises there! The furnishings were warm and functional; light wooden floorings, white walls, copper coloured tiles in the bathroom plus copper lighting accessories throughout, brown textiles and a fashionable egg shaped bath tub!

We stood in awe at the sunrises and sunsets that framed our room each day and night, taking photos as often as we could! This was the view from our snow-covered balcony one early morning before breakfast...

...and this is how the same view greeted us that night...

Unfortunately, I didn't take lots of interior shots at the Copperhill Mountain Lodge because we ended up spending most of our holiday in the great outdoors! However, I have posted a handful of photos below showcasing a delicious Scandinavian meal we enjoyed one evening at the newly opened 'Biblioteket: The Library.' The Library (dining room) is located opposite the hotel bar and main communal sitting area. The food is served here from early lunch until late at night in a relaxed, informal setting...

If you like what you see, and, a ski holiday in Europe is potentially on the cards this year, I would definitely recommend checking out the Copperhill Lodge Hotel. Take a look at TripAdvisor for all the latest reviews, and, the hotel's website too.


The following series of photos were taken on the slopes in Central Åre (ideal for both beginners and advanced skiers), as well as in Åre Björnen (a ski area for young skiers and families). Scott and I liked to stop for rest bites on the sides of the pistes to simply marvel at the ever-changing, ethereal skies that danced theatrically above us. We couldn't quite believe how the painted skies could shift and change colour and direction so dramatically. From wispy white or moody grey clouds, to bright intense blues and marshmallow pinks or vivid oranges the next! Åre has to be, without doubt, a Landscape Artist's dream subject matter...

There would be snow falling thick and fast covering every inch of life one minute...

...to a landscape basking in bright light and lush green alpine branches the next!

If you love skiing then head to Åre! There are lots of beginners slopes in Åre Björnen; green runs (being the easiest) and blue runs (more challenging) which are perfect for practicing and progressing on your skis. Once you have built confidence and an understanding of the sport, you can try out Central Åre for the red and black runs. However, if skiing is second nature to you and you like a challenge, there is always the Olympic black run to conquer! Skiers and snowboarders can easily navigate their way around the slopes thanks to the many operating chair lifts, t-bar's, pommel lifts and gondolas that will take you from A to B! Moreover, if you love drinking more hot chocolate than you know you should (you can definitely get away with it on a ski holiday!), then there are plenty of cosy chalets up on the hills to stop at, undo your ski boots in, whilst taking in the gorgeous, snowy views! 


Go see nature in all its glory and you might even spot the Northern Lights if you're lucky. Sadly we did not on this occasion, but there's our excuse to book up another trip to Sweden sometime soon!