Looking for something different to ski down? Bored with your regular snow park? Or just bitten by the downhill bug? The round fells of Finland’s main ski area, Lapland, offer varying terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
There are around 75 ski resorts in Finland, most of them small local hills next to cities and villages. The big ones, however, lie in the fells of Lapland, and are classic winter holiday destinations.
The “Big Four” of Lapland’s ski resorts – Levi, Ylläs, Pyhä-Luosto and Ruka – rise from roughly 500 to more than 700 metres above sea level and boast slope lengths up to three kilometres.
Six Months of Skiing
Lapland’s versatile resorts offer downhill enthusiasts everything from kids’ runs to black slopes, and snow parks to backcountry exploring. The season starts in late October, and high season spans from February until the snow melts in early May.
The mood in Finnish ski resorts is pleasant and far more relaxed than the crowded hot spots of, say, Central Europe – no worries about getting into a free-for-all in the lift queue or kamikaze-style overtakes on the slopes.
Food tip: the thing to do on your Lappish ski holiday is to roast sausages for lunch. Don’t take our word for it; join the locals around the fire at the bottom of the hill.
Get Cosy in a Log Cabin
Lapland’s ski centres are essentially holiday resorts, with many more activities on offer besides skiing and snowboarding. Snowmobiling, husky tours, reindeer rides, cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing and simply enjoying the fresh northern air and the “Magic of Lapland” are all great pastimes in lower altitudes.
For a genuine experience, reserve at least a few days and hire a log cabin, the quintessential dwelling in Lapland. After a long day spent outdoors, a steaming sauna followed by lounging in front of the fireplace are just about right for your own private piece of the Magic.
In just a few minutes, you can leave behind the hustle and bustle of a ski resort or a city and arrive in the peace and quiet of the wilderness.