New flights to western Sweden make it easier to try out the friendly ski resort of Åre, which, our writer discovers, has plenty of non-piste activities too
One of the more curious visual illusions you can experience goes like this. Stand at the top of a hill covered in snow. You are wearing warm, well-designed clothes and superb boots. See how the gentle slope ambles slowly down through the trees? See the tranquil winter scenery? Now, strap on these skis. Whoa! How did that happen? That gentle hill is now a vertical wall of savage ice, edged by timber death traps.
Never felt that? Perhaps you are one of those fortunate souls whose parents put them on skis from the age of three, forever ensuring perfect balance and confidence. That’s not me.