During our six-day trip to Sweden we decided to include three days skiing in Småland. After scouting the areas for slopes (there’s loads) we opted for a day at Mullsjö Alpin and then two days at Isaberg Mountain Resort. Both resorts differed in size, capacity and facilities, but both were great for us, a couple wanting to hit the slopes for a few days, and make the most of the resort facilities. Read all my posts from Sweden here.
The ski resort Mullsjö Alpin Center is located in Jönköping County (South Sweden and has a range of slopes available for all abilities. For skiing and snowboarding, there are 4 km of slopes available with five lifts to transport the skiers from bottom of the slope to the top.
Although a small resort, the slopes are widely recognised as providing great views across Småland and beyond, as well as encouraging some of the more experienced skiers to take on their black runs.
Elevators with a total capacity of 3,900 people per hour reduce queues and with their touch-free Skipass system, it’s fast and easy to head back up the slopes to the top. The card is stored in the jacket or trousers pocket so you can easily pass the left cross without unnecessary stops.
They have also invested a lot of money in offering a snow-proof facility with 60 modern snow cannons that can make 600 m3 of snow per hour! After a few days of 5-6 minus degrees, they can open for a ride without a snowfall needing to fall. It really is a resort that delivers!
Day pass (even evening) – 300kr (£26) / 2-day card (even evening) – 510kr (£45)
1 day – 300kr (£26) / 2 day – 510kr (£45)
Isaberg Mountain Resort
Isaberg is the largest ski resort in southern Sweden with a real alpine character. They offer skiing on 10 groomed slopes, from the child-friendly green to the breathtaking black run and their modern six-seat express lift takes you the whole way from the valley to the top of the mountain, alongside seven other ski lifts dotted around the resort, meaning less time queuing and more time skiing. They’ve also got a snowmaking system which can produce snow from -3° and starts automatically when it is the right conditions.
In the summer the mountain’s nature experiences complemented by activities in forest, on land and at sea, such as excellent hiking trails, large MTBbike center, segway and more.
A much larger resort than Mullsjö Alpin, but this means it is much busier too. We ended up queuing both to park in car park, then to pick our passes, and then to grab our equipment. We arrived at 10am and didn’t get on to the slope until midday. We were told this was only because it is half term in Sweden, so top tip would be to visit outside of school holidays.
You can also stay at Isaberg, however due to the season we stayed at the local Hestraviken Hotel about 2km away. At Isaberg there is a great deal to choose from in terms of accommodation including cabins suitable for couples to large families or you can rent a space in their caravan park.
We also ate quite a lot of Isaberg, both in the day time at Toppstugan and in the evening at Restaurant Höganloft. During winter time the Restaurant Toppstugan is the best place to gather your friends and eat, perfectly located in the middle of the skiing area close to the parking lot and ski shop. Here you can expect to grab soup, chips, burgers and drinks. During the winter season this is also where you will find the Afterski
Restaurant Höganloft is a highly regarded restaurant offering everything from daily specials to delicious menus and party arrangements. Here you can try the food of Småland, such as potato pancakes with fried pork and lingonberries. They’ve also got a great bar to relax with friends and share experiences after a fun day. We ate here on one evening and both grabbed a pizza, after a busy day skiing, the service was great and the food was delicious!
Day pass (even evening) – 370kr (£32) / 2-day card (even evening) – 620kr (£54)
1 day – 310kr (£27) / 2 day – 525kr (£46)
My only recommendation would be, don’t go in half term or school holidays. It was super busy at both resorts, and I blame that for my knee injury. It was just too busy at peaks times, and you spent half your time dodging children or queueing for the ski lifts.
We had such a fun few days exploring Mullsjö Alpin and then Isaberg Mountain Resort, and having been skiing in the French and Austrian alps before we had a standard. They aren’t as comprehensive as the bigger resorts around the world, but they were great for just a few days of drifting on the slopes.
I already want to return to Isaberg, but maybe next time mid-week in January!
*I was invited to Sweden with Småland Tourisme.