ÅRE BIKE PARK
Åre Bike Park is the biggest bike park in Scandinavia with 36 tracks and a vertical drop of 853 meters. The park is beautifully situated next to a lake, surrounded by mountains and never-ending forests in the northwest of Sweden. There has always been a lot of riding in the area, but it was when Åre hosted the Downhill World Championship in 1999, that the sport really gained momentum, and five years later the ski lifts started running for bikers in the summer. Today the park is the biggest one in Sweden.
- 7 green/easy trails
- 10 blue/intermediate trails
- 10 red/advanced trails
- 9 black/extremely advanced trails
- Bike Park trails: From the rocky terrain at the top to the lush green forests halfway down, Åre really has the biggest variation of tracks in Sweden. With difficulty levels varying from easy green to technical black ones, there is a little something for every rider.
- Additional riding in Åre: Åre Bike Park XC Arena is n newly developed XC trail arena in Björnen that has an additional 3 green and 4 blue trails as well as a skills area. There are also additional XC and trail riding in and around Åre. In the town center there is a pump track as well as dirt jump area located down by the lake.
- Special events: Every July, Åre stands host to the annual Åre Bike Festival with events like Video Challange, Ride with the Pros, Enduro race, guided trail days and much more.
- Facilities: Restaurants, cafés, shops, bike workshops, etc.
- Bike rental: Yes, several places (more info).
- Town: Åre town has a lot to offer when it comes to restaurants, cafés, shopping as well as an adventure pool and spas. There are also plenty of good hiking trails on the mountain and surrounding areas.
Watch Martin Söderström's visit to Åre Bike Park in Episode 2 of Ride with the Swedes season 2:
Åre bike festival, Sweden
JÄRVSÖ BIKE PARK
Järvsö Bergscykelpark (i.e. bike park), located in the mid-east of Sweden, is a favourite amongst many Swedish downhill riders, both because of its proximity to the capital Stockholm and because of its well-built tracks. Even though the little mountain only reaches 370 meters above sea level, it has 21 tracks, most of which are designed by Tom Pro, the founder of Canadian trail-building company Gravity Logic. It is a park that suits every type of rider – kids and adults, beginners and experts.
- 3 green/easy trails
- 9 blue/intermediate trails
- 5 red/advanced trails
- 4 black/extremely advanced trails
- Trails: The park has definitely made the best out of its 370 vertical meters covering a variety of different terrains and types of tracks. The beginner-friendly gradient of the hill makes it perfect for beginner and intermediate riders, but there are still tracks that challenge the best of riders.
- Special events: Järvsö hosts the Swedish qualifier event for the Veolusolutions Pump track World Championship in one of their two pump tracks. Järvsö also hosts the festival Wheellove which started in 2019 and hopefully will become a yearly event.
- Facilities: Restaurant, bike shop and workshop, bike hotell.
- Town: Järvsö is a small town beautifully situated alongside the river Ljusnan, with just over 1 400 inhabitants. The town center has a few restaurants and a couple of bars. Järvsö Bike Park also has the first bike-specific hotel in the world located just next to bike park.
Watch Emil Johansson and Martin Söderström ride Järvsö Bike Park in the Sound of Speed edit:
Martin Söderström and Emil Johansson
GESUNDA BIKE PARK
Two and a half hours west of Järvsö is Gesunda Bike Park, another lift-accessed bike park in the middle of Sweden. With 13 downhill tracks that focus both on technical singletrack and fast, flowy jump tracks, the park is well suited for intermediate to advanced riders. In recent years the park has built a few easier beginner tracks as well, to make it equally suitable for beginners.
- 1 green/easy tracks
- 1 blue/intermediate tracks
- 5 red/advanced tracks
- 6 black/extremely advanced tracks
- Bike Park trails: Gesunda’s slightly steeper gradient is perfect for natural technical singletrack. The faster tracks are known for their jumpy flow trails.
- Additional riding: There is 159 km of XC trails from blue to black starting from the Bike Park car park.
- Special events: Gesunda tends to host one of the Enduro races in the Enduro Sweden Series.
- Facilities: Café at the bottom of the lift.
- Bike rental: Yes(more info).
- Town: Gesunda is located next to Sweden’s sixth-biggest lake Siljan, and is embedded in a green forest with a killer view from the top of the mountain. It is a pretty sleepy place, where you’re best of heading to the local Inn if you want to spot other humans in the evening.
VALLÅSEN BIKE PARK
Situated in the southwest of Sweden, Vallåsen Bike Park attracts riders from all over Sweden and Denmark. With lots of work done to the tracks, it has grown into one of the most popular bike parks in Sweden. The owners are singletrack lovers and thus the bigger part of the park is made up of hand-built singletrack, with some machine-built tracks snuck in. The park is known for its relaxed atmosphere and fun trails, and is one of the first ones to open after winter, thanks to its southern geographical location.
- 1 green/easy track
- 2 blue/intermediate tracks
- 5 red/advanced tracks
- 2 black/extremely advanced tracks
- Bike Park trails: With a total of 10 tracks and a vertical drop of 145 meters, Vallåsen has a good mix of technical singletrack and flow and jump trails for both beginners and more advanced riders.
- Additional riding: There is an uphill track that takes you to the top of the hill if you'd rather pedal than ride the lift. There is also a pump track.
- Special events: Vallåsen tends to host one of the enduro races in the Enduro Sweden Series as well as local Downhill races.
- Facilities: Bike shop and workshop.
- Bike rental: Yes (more info)
- Town: Vallåsen is from the beginning a small ski hill and is situated outside some smaller towns in the south of Sweden. There is a local Inn and a camping ground close by, where most bikers tend to stay.
FLOTTSBRO BIKE PARK
Flottsbro Bike Park is located 20 minutes outside Stockholm city center and has grown into a little bikers paradise in the past couple of years. Mountain biking has existed here since the early ’90s but it’s been the trail work done in the last couple of years that’s really put Flottsbro on the bike park map. The local crew has turned the small hill to a fully-fledged bike park with 14 trails for all abilities, a new XCO course and you can of course still ride the older XC trails in the surrounding forest.
- 1 green/easy track
- 3 blue/intermediate tracks
- 6 red/advanced tracks
- 4 black/extremely advanced tracks
- Bike Park trails: With 14 trails distributed over the small hill, this is a great place for both beginners, intermediate and expert riders. Flottsbro has become known for building some pretty extreme features - big jumps, drops and wall rides - so even expert riders will feel challenged.
- Additional riding: In the forest around the bike park hill are many kilometers of natural singletrack trails as well as a well-marked XCO track.
- Facilities: Flottsbro has a restaurant, camping, downhill cars, beach and bbq area at the bottom of the bike park hill.
- City: Located just 20 minutes outside of Stockholm city center where there is a huge amount of restaurants, cafés and other types of activities.
Swede Shreds Ep 3: Stockholm's fastest trails
BYGDSILJUM BIKE PARK
Bygdsiljumbackens Bike Park is one of Sweden's most northern bike parks located an hour south of Skellefteå. The hill opened up to bikes back in 2012 and has since then, thanks to local volunteers developed into a full bike park with 9 tracks, including the Swedish Championship Downhill track from 2016.
- 2 green/easy tracks
- 2 blue/intermediate track
- 2 red/advanced tracks
- 3 black/extremely advanced tracks
- Facilities: There is a kiosk selling snacks, drinks and ice cream and the BBQ is lit for lunch time so that you can make you're own food.
- Town: There is a local ICA food shop in the small village close to the bike park. Umeå is an hour's drive south of the bike park and Skellefteå an hour's drive north; two bigger towns that have a wider range of both restaurants and cafés.
Located just outside Östersund is Frösön and Östberget that holds some of Sweden's best MTB enduro trails. The trail builders have managed to get the most out of the small hill optimising the speed and flow yet keeping it technical and fun over rocks and roots. Currently there are 6 trails but the local mountain bike club Östersund Cykelklubb is working together with the municipality to create more trails and expand the opening hours of the t-bar lift.
- 2 blue/intermediate tracks
- 3 red/advanced tracks
- 1 black/extremely advanced track
- Bike Park trails: The trails on Frösön are what you would call technical flow. The trails suit the intermediate to advanced rider and are best ridden on an Enduro bike.
- City: The city center of Östersund is only a short pedal away from Frösön and has all the facilities you need, such as cafés and restaurants, accommodation and much more.
Check out Frösön's sick trails in the first episode of Swede Shreds:
Swede Shreds Ep 1: Riding some of Jämtland’s best trails
Enjoy the lift-accessed season! Check out the links below for more rad riding spots.