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.
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.
In Lapland, swapping the hustle and bustle of ski resorts and cities to the peace and quiet of the wilderness takes mere minutes.