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There are some places in this world that are mistakenly called “resorts” or “destinations”, when instead they should be re-named as “energy-rechargers” and “soul-reconnections”. Höglekardalen (literally translated to high play valley) is one such place, where you can escape the grey city life and reconnect with your family and nature. Placed at the end of a valley in the Bydalen ski area with skiing on both sides, this is the kind of place where you can sit out on your slope-side balcony, watching your children ski by on a slope, safe in the knowledge that you can see them all the time.

The skiing at Bydalen is seriously underrated. There are some challenging high slopes above the tree line that attract ski teams for secret practice days, wonderful tree-lined cruising blues and greens and great off-piste opportunities on the higher slopes. With its relatively high village altitude and Swedish dry, cold climate snow is virtually guaranteed from early December to late May.

The resort lacks any real centre as it is spread out along the access road, but there are a couple of hotels if you want the catered type of accommodation. However the vast majority of visitors tend to opt for renting a slope-side chalet and self-catering, spending cosy nights in round the open fire and re-connecting with their family.

In common with other Scandinavian resorts, skiing is not the be all and end all of your time there. There are a whole host of other activities to try your hand at from snow shoeing, to snow scooters to husky dog rides. The area is well equipped with supermarkets, shops and ski rental outlets and there are a couple of restaurants if you would like the occasional night out.

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