The resort Riksgränsen is situated on the border of Sweden and Norway — just as the name in Swedish suggests. This is the last outpost and when the blizzards reign, also where the road ends. Nevertheless, the train stop is less than one hundred metres from the hotel and the base station of the ski lifts.
The clash between civilization and wilderness leaves no one unaware and the contrasts are part of the magic that makes Riksgränsen such a legendary resort. The season starts late – the first chairlifts only open towards the end of February. But nowhere else will you find the opportunity to enjoy the rays of the midnight sun while carving the last turns of the season.
If you are into ski touring the season lasts even longer, and many claim that Riksgränsen and its surroundings is at its very best when the ski lifts have stopped running for the season.
The location so close to Norway means that the resort is highly popular among Norwegian visitors as well. And the place has a heritage from the days when the frontier here played a far more important role than a border line on a map. This line is easily crossed during one of the best excursions outside the ski area. By traversing from the summit you will eventually slide into Norway where a playful ravine awaits. This run is often neglected by many of the others who are chasing the fresh snow on Mount Nordalsfjäll. The work of pushing back to the lift after the run is a bit of a struggle but usually the sun accompanies those taking it on. And by the time you get off the top chairlift you will have forgotten the struggle and the tips of your skis are once again pointing at a brief excursion abroad.