We have been to Romme twice to learn and get better at snowboarding. We have spent 4 days each time and plan to do the same this season. What are the best places to do this where you can drive and manage to spend a decent amount of time in the pist even the first day. We would like something as good as Romme and probably a bit further (since I am pretty sure there are nothing better closer) but still possible to drive there in the morning, get some skiing, stay 3 nights and drive home after the last day of skiing. It should be a bit varied technically since we are getting better.... but the more advanced slopes are off limits. (We can manage the "red" ones in Romme but not the "black" ones.)
There are 3 main alternatives that are as close to Stockholm as Romme.
Kungsberget outside of Sandviken in Gästrikland:
- 210 kms from Stockholm
- 11 ski lifts
- 18 runs
Bjursås north of Falun in Dalarna:
- 250 kms from Stockholm
- 7 ski lifts
- 21 runs
Säfsen in the south west corner of Dalarna:
- 270 kms from Stockholm
- 6 ski lifts
- 16 runs
A bit further is Branäs in the north of Värmland - may be interesting if coming from Gothenburg:
- 440 kms from Stockholm
- 16 ski lifts
- 34 runs
All these places got varying runs and one or more aerial lifts (useful for snow board beginners). Kungsberget is closest to Stockholm and probably the best alternative to Romme but Bjursås seems pretty good too.
If distance wasn't an issue, Åre would be the way to go. It's one of the best Swedish ski resorts, with more than 100 runs, varying from green to black. Unfortunately, it's situated in Jämtland, and is a good 530 km away from Stockholm, so probably not going to be your first choice.
Somewhat closer is Sälen, which also sports more than a 100 tracks of varying difficulty, including more advanced runs and freeriding. It's very popular among tourists, and can get crowded in peak season. It's slightly closer to Stockholm, around 430 km, and Google Maps says it would take around 5 hours to get there.
Idre Fjäll in Dalarna is somewhat family-friendly and recommended for new and intermediate boarders, as it has 40-ish tracks, most of them green or blue. You'll have to travel around 450 km to get there.
If reliable snowfall is going to be an issue (not likely, if SMHI is to be trusted), then you might want to try Funäsfjällen resorts -- they claim to have very reliable snow coverage. There are a few different skiing areas to choose from, with varying slope length and difficulty. Unfortunately, it's even farther than Åre, almost 600 km away from Stockholm.
There are some smaller hills nearer to Stockholm, such as Hammarbybacken, but with only a few tracks, they are only good for a one-day trip.
All being said, it might not be possible to get to any of these if starting in the morning and hoping to score a run on the same day (you know how short the day is in the winter in Sweden, especially up north). If I were to choose, I'd go with Idre Fjäll, as it is closest and somewhat newbie-friendly, with Åre as a solid backup choice.
I don't think Åre or Funäsfjällen are really so far away as to be impossible. I've driven from where I live (Östersund) to Stockholm several times and it usually takes 5 hours or so. If I start driving at 9AM I'm usually there by 3-4PM.
Considering that the slopes usually close at 9-10PM or even later in some areas, that's plenty of time for a quick shower, some dinner, and a few hours of skiing before you have to sleep.
And for me at least it's worth the extra couple of hours driving to have access to a real ski resort with a lot of different tracks to choose from.
I went snowboarding in Stöten, It's a nice small ski area but it seems a bit to far from Stockholm.
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One of the closest would be Flottsbro 23.4 km or 21 minutes by car from central Stockholm. It has a vertical drop of 103 meters and the longest slope is 700 meters. It has five runs and jumps for skiing and snowboarding.