Amazing Skiing at Klovsjo

July 9, 2008 by  
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Situated about 500 kilometers north of the city of Stockholm, Sweden, the small village of Klovsjo has long been a popular winter destination for Sweden’s snow skiing community. Although Klovsjo offers superb skiing conditions, the ski resort is only now starting to be discovered by skiers beyond Sweden’s borders. As word gets around, more people are starting to discover and appreciate the natural beauty of Klovsjo, not only as a ski resort, but as an all-year round holiday destination.

Klovsjo is the smallest ski resort in the Vemdalen skiing area of Sweden. It consists of the Kovsjofjall Hotel, 24 apartments and a ski shop. The resort, which is run by Anders Backskog, was founded in 1975 by his father, Lars Backskog. Along with his partner, Michael Pettersson, Anders Backskog has exciting plans to expand and improve the resort. Their vision is not necessarily to create the biggest ski resort in Sweden, but they certainly aim for it to be the best.

Expansion plans for the resort are already underway. A new bar and large sun terrace has been added, and 12 ski-in/ski-out apartments have been completed. By December, a new ski lift will be in operation, ensuring that skiers will be out on the ski slopes without delay. Future plans, to be carried out in the next eight years, include the construction of more apartments, a new ski shop, a grocery store and a lake-side village complete with a pub and café. Also, the main hotel will be extended by adding two more floors to the existing building. The existing 50 kilometers of ski slopes in the Vemdalen area, of which Klovsjo is a part, will be doubled over the next few years.

The second phase of the Klovsjo development includes the construction of three two-story apartment blocks, with a total of 12 apartments, situated within 100m or so from the ski lifts. These two-bedroom apartments will be for sale, with the price ranging from £144,000 to £159,000 depending on the position of the apartment. Properties will be owned freehold, with a maintenance levy of about £100 a month covering refuse collection, snow clearance, administration costs and a sink fund. Apartments could be let out privately by owners, or through an agent.

The ski area served by Klovsjo, commonly referred to as Secret Mountain, has plentiful snow during the snow skiing season, which generally opens in mid-October and frequently carries on right through to mid April – allowing around six months of skiing. Although the resort is small, there is a wide range of pistes ranging from nursery slopes through to black runs.

In the summer months at Klovsjo, the snow gives way to beautiful green meadows and woodlands, ideal for walking and hiking. The 18-hole golf course can be enjoyed 24 hours per day, as in mid summer the sun does not set on Klovsjo. When autumn turns the woodlands into a blaze of orange and gold it is a sure sign that winter, and the snow skiing season, is once again just around the corner.