The Almåsa ski resort
We met with the owners of the Almåsa skiing camp/resort, who are concerned with the future of the camp and large investments that will need to be made. There is an inn and ski rental facilities.
The business has been famous and the current owners have worked it for a few years and are now growing. There will be training for international downhill skiers in conjunction with the world downhill championships to be arranged in Åre in 2017.
There are also possibillities for snowboarding and cross-country skiing. The owners hope to be able to finance a restaurant also at the top of the 700 m hill.
Almåsa has 11 slopes, 2 lifts and an investment for artificial snow to prolong the saeson has been made. Winters are apparently warmer today, so this is a real problem.
95-year old Curt Lofterud has built and administers the many attractions of the private museum Glösa Älgriket. The first building is called Glös-hallen, Then there is an autenthic winter dwelling and the Älghallen with exhibitions. There is also an area with authentic trapping pits for moose.
In old times the villages kept their cattle together during summer to graze and especially the women had simple living quarters there. Milk was collected and made into butter and cheese. We had a chance to see this and hear stories of how life was back in the day, courtesy of Jonas Andersson, Elin Dahlin, Anna-Märtha Johansson, Per Olof Bengard and Robert Falk (Municipality of Ragunda / Ragunda Kommun), Lars and Carl-Göran Söder of Zorb.
We stayed for two nights at the Frösö Park hotel in the ex-airforce base at Frösön outside of Östersund and had a possibility to visit the Gastronomy Festival. Jämtland really produces high-quality ingredients from nature and the assortment was hugely impressive. Creative gastronomy really shines in Jämtland.
We had a chance to visit AIM Sweden, one of the most visionary companies in the field of 3D printing doing additive manufacturing in plastic/polymers, metals for industrial and medical use (mainly transplants) at Frösö Park.
AIM integrates education, development and research as well as manufacturing in one of the fastest-growing technological areas. This is indeed said to be the fourth industrial revolution.
The most positive decisive factors are superior quality, short lead time and a cost-effective possibility to manufacture anywhere effectively without material waste using the same machines for different designs.
The floating restaurant
We also got acquainted with dining on the river on a barge with tables. Fantastic nature experience, since the lake is calm and the landscape around it marvelous. The food was professionally presented and delicious.