It was a beautiful late February day, the last day of Sportlov, the Swedish February half term, with balmy spring temperatures. Slightly lost for ideas on what to do, we decided a day of skiing may be the best way to get out and enjoy the day- we decided to go to Kungsberget, just over an hour and half drive away.
Ski passes arranged for the day, we packed the car, put on thermals and got set off bright and early. Though the 7am planned start morphed to closer to 8am, we were still on the slopes before 11… And that’s after forgetting one snowboard and having to hire there.
The journey to Kungsberget is really straightforward- up the E4 motorway, then the E16 and 15-20 minutes cross country on well-kept country roads. Just after getting off the E16 there are a couple of supermarkets and fast food restaurants we realised, so we could’ve had a short break to grab breakfast once everyone was actually properly awake.
At the ski resort there seems ample parking. Considering it was the overlapping weekend of Sportlov with a number of counties in the area, such good weather and, judging by the number of people trailing suitcases, it also switch-over day in the accommodation, parking was easy.
Snowboard and ski hire
Renting a snowboard went very quickly: I entered details on the terminal at the rental shop, got a text message when the board was ready to pick up at our allocated cubicle- 153. We had 3 goes at getting the sizing right- first, I entered the board length- 140- I wanted, instead of the height of my 11 year old. Second round, the staff swapped the board for recommended size- 145cm- for my daughter. Third time lucky, we swapped to the 140cm board we wanted. (She’s learning and a shorter, lighter board meant she had better control.) All went very smoothly and staff were very helpful.
For the ordering process you can choose Swedish, English or German, but the text messages are only in Swedish.
The price is really reasonable- 250 SEK for the day- and you get to pick and choose what elements you want included in your package- board, boots, back protector, etc. We only needed a snowboard.
I think the system works perfectly for ski hires, however, with snowboard hires, they should ask whether a person rides regular or goofy. Angelina is regular and a pretty standard setting, so it didn’t really crop up. If I was hiring, for myself, I know the settings I like on my board, so would be good to add these at the point of ordering… But that’s just me being picky. ;-P
Ready for a full-on family day at Kungsberget Ski
We actually met up with friends for the day and, after a quick loo stop in one of the many warm stugas (little picnic houses scattered around the resort) and a warm up on the learner slopes, we headed up the main, 8 person chairlift further warming up on some of the easy runs.
The kids couldn’t resist some of the beautiful off-piste runs among the trees.
Before we knew it, it was lunchtime.
Lunch… go for the lunch buffet!
There are a couple of food options at Kungsberget that we discovered: there are lots of fire pits, as well as warm stugas, there’s a pizza place, a hamburger joint and the main restaurant, Fröken Filipsson’s. We came totally unprepared with any of our own food and really fancied a warm meal, so it was the lunch buffet at the Fröken Filipsson’s for us.
I’m so glad we opted for this: the food and the selection was excellent and the value for money even better. For 9 of us (4 adults, 4 kids and one 3 year old child), with drinks, coffee it all worked out under 1000 SEK (c €100). That’s for a restaurant right at the bottom of the piste!
While us adults chatted the kids disappeared one-by-one. They discovered the Nintendo games room.
Not the Alps, but there’s something for everyone at Kungsberget
It was mid afternoon when we were ready to hit the slopes again.
The kids wanted to do the Nintendo run and some of the jumps, the adults just followed, seeing they were having a wonderful time.
After some time playing on these lower slopes we went up again to do longer runs.
Kungberget is not the most challenging skiing or snowboarding, with just 200m elevation difference. But with 23 slopes, served by 12 lifts (all of which were running on the day) there is something for everyone. There are nice, wide slopes, narrow, winding slopes, slopes with jumps, slopes with obstacles, little bits of off-piste trails through trees. The longest run is 1600m.
Kungsberget is a great family ski destination, with everything ending up in one location, at the bottom of the 8 person- chair lift, allowing older kids and adults to separate for a run or two as well.
Despite the crazy spring temperatures and lack of snow and cold for the past couple of weeks, the slopes were actually in pretty good shape, without too many icy patches.
The slopes were busy, near capacity of 4,500 (according to the lift operators), yet it was far from over-crowded. It was a comfortable day.
Funnily, there are still skiers, who don’t understand how snowboarders ride and we had a couple of near misses with skiers, as we sat on the edge of a slope waiting for kids to catch up or were weaving down a slope.
Ski till late
Kungsberget offers a beautiful sunset on a clear sunny day like we had and skiing on some slopes continued till 7pm on that day. The kids wanted to max out on the expereince and were like energizer bunnies, keeping on going. When we, adults tired, they hit the bunny hill with the button lift and we just chatted at the bottom keeping half an eye on them.
Dinner before the trip home?
It was fun and time just slipped away seamlessly. So much so that we realised just how hungry we all were and opted to try Sofia’s pizzeria for dinner, before hitting the road home. The pizzas were excellent! The ordering process too clever: you order via an app and the app pings when your order is ready… But you need a Swedish Bank ID. (For those without one, there’s the slightly more traditional way via the cashier, who puts the order through the app for you and allows you to pay with a card.) The pizzas were also a reasonable size and price- 90-120 SEK/ pizza & we had 2 between the 5 of us.
Tummies full, we hit the road and the kids were asleep before we even got to the motorway. One little one might’ve even been asleep before we left the carpark. Little after 10 pm we were all in bed at home though, sleeping restfully after a very active full on day and dreaming happy dreams of returning soon to Kungsberget for another remarkably good value family ski daytrip.
See you again, soon Kungsberget Ski Resort!
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