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10 Best ski resorts in Finland

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What makes Finland a great ski destination?

In Finland, you can ski your heart out in top ski resorts and try many kinds of winter activities from Northern lights hunting to reindeer riding and snowshoeing. A visit to a sauna is the perfect way to unwind after an active day.

The ski season in Finland, especially in Lapland, is long, and snow is guaranteed. Slopes will typically open in November and stay open until April. Since we have no mountains – but fells and long hills instead – slopes are great for families and beginners. The more experienced and thrill-seeking skiers and riders will find enough challenge at the off-piste and park facilities.

Here's a look at the biggest and most popular ski resorts in Finland, many of which also have the Sustainable Travel Finland label. You'll find a map of all the ski resorts at the end of this page.

The Northern lights season in Lapland starts in August and lasts until the spring.
Credits: Harri Tarvainen

1. Ylläs (Sustainable Travel Finland labelled)

Ylläs is the biggest ski resort in Finland with the longest slopes. Ylläs is uniquely located between two villages, and you can visit both villages’ slopes in one day. The resort is right next to the National Park of Pallas-Yllästunturi where you can go cross-country skiing. There are altogether 500 km of skiing trails around the area, but if you are experienced enough, try trek skiing! If you're looking for something truly unique, don't forget to visit the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and even spend the night in this hotel made of snow and ice. The closest airport to Ylläs is Kittilä – the drive from the airport to Ylläs takes 45 minutes. If you’re looking for a greener option, take a VR night train to Rovaniemi and continue by car (electric or hybrid, if available). The drive takes about 2,5 hours. 

Ylläs ski resort has Finland's longest ski slope, which is three kilometres long.
The gondola lift will give you a chance to admire the Arctic scenery.
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Lainio is a must-visit location near Ylläs.
Credits: Lainio Snow Village

2. Levi (Sustainable Travel Finland labelled)

Levi is one of the most popular ski resorts in Finland, for domestic and international travellers alike. Located near Kittilä airport, Levi offers an extensive range of fun activities year-round. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you’ll find a suitable slope or a track at Levi; there are 44 to choose from. During the winter months, seize the opportunity to go on a husky ride or ice-karting. Levi is known for its active after-ski life with great restaurants and bars located in the lively ski village. There is also plenty of unique accommodation available in this area from glass-covered cottages to log cabins. If you plan to visit Levi during the summer season, take the scenic cabin lift to the very top of the fell to witness some of the most photographed scenery.

In Levi, there are plenty of blue slopes for beginners, red slopes for intermediate skiers, and black slopes for experts.
Levi's ski village is a popular place for after-ski activities.
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3. Ruka (Sustainable Travel Finland labelled)

Ruka is one of the most well-known ski resorts in Finland near Kuusamo in the northeast. Apart from the 39 diverse slopes and varied cross-country ski trails, this resort hosts plenty of fun events and a lively ski village. If you plan to visit Ruka at the peak of the winter season, check out the event calendar for light festivals, rail jams, and ski competitions. For some of the most iconic (and Instagrammable!) winter photos, head to Riisitunturi National Park one hour west of Ruka. There are things to experience in this region also outside the winter months. Perhaps you’d like to go on a thrilling – albeit safe and guided – bear-watching tour? For more speed, hop on the Ruka summer sled track, and admire the fantastic views on your way down.

Need for speed? Ruka offers that year-round with skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.
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Ruka ski resort is typically open for more than 200 days during the winter season.
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4. Pyhä (Sustainable Travel Finland labelled)

Pyhä ski resort is located in central Lapland less than two hours’ drive away from Rovaniemi next to the serene Pyhä-Luosto National Park. At Pyhä, you’ll find fun activities for every age and style. If you’re a freeride skier, head to the legendary Huttu-Ukko slope, which has witnessed World Cup skiing competitions over the years. Travelling with kids? Family Adventure Area is a safe place to start with. In addition, there are plenty of other activities ranging from disc golfing to horseback riding. How about digging your own lucky amethyst? Book a guided tour to visit the sustainable Lampivaara Amethyst mine for a truly unique experience. If you're a music fan, check out Pyhä Unplugged, the semi-acoustic music event held every summer in Pyhä and in the surrounding nature.

Pyhä ski resort has 19 slopes and nine lifts.
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The Amethyst mine is a unique place to visit in the Pyhä region.

5. Salla (Sustainable Travel Finland labelled)

Salla boasts to be in the middle of nowhere, but in fact, this resort in Eastern Lapland is easily accessible by most means of transportation, also public. Go downhill skiing or snowboarding in the picturesquely crown-snowed tree ride area or try out winter biking or snowshoeing on trails in the Salla or Oulanka National Parks. The beautiful yet wild Arctic nature is a reason enough to visit this remote corner of the Earth. The legendary 82 km long Karhunkierros in Oulanka National Park is one of the most popular hiking trails in Finland, and the Tuntsa wilderness area has been called one of Europe’s finest hiking destinations.  

Find your peace and quiet in Salla.
Credits: Eeva Mäkinen

6. Saariselkä

Europe’s northernmost ski resort Saariselkä is known as a cross-country skiers' paradise, but you can partake in many other activities in the area. How about going on a 1,8 km long toboggan ride – the longest in Finland – on the summit of the Kaunispää fell? In case you are interested in a safari across the Arctic wilderness, start by choosing a method of transportation. You know you are at the heart of Lapland when you get to choose between reindeer, husky, or snowmobile rides! If you wish to experience something more tranquil, go aurora hunting or ice fishing instead. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the gorgeous fell sceneries at the Urho Kekkonen National Park year-round. 

The Inari-Saariselkä region offers truly unique views of Lapland's fell nature.
In Saariselkä, you can find the longest toboggan slope in Finland.
Credits: Rob Smith

7. Syöte

Finland’s southernmost fell region Syöte is conveniently located in the middle of four airports: Oulu, Kuusamo, Rovaniemi, and Kemi. You can also reach this destination by train, bus, and car. With 17 slopes, the ski resort Iso-Syöte has something for everyone. The area is surrounded by the breathtakingly beautiful Syöte National Park, where you can get active cross-country skiing, biking, or snowshoeing. Like in many parts of northern Finland, you can also find special accommodation in the Syöte region. Don't miss a night in a glass cabin!

In addition to skiing, the Syöte region offers snowshoeing and other winter activities in the Syöte National Park.

8. Vuokatti

The popular family ski resort of Vuokatti is in the middle of beautiful Kainuu in the northeast of Finland. Apart from the 13 diverse slopes and the well-groomed ski routes, Vuokatti has the world’s first ski tunnel, which means you can go traditional and freestyle skiing year-round! You might even spot an Olympic athlete or two in training. The hiking trails and paddling routes keep nature wanderers active also in the summer season. Children and those young at heart will be delighted to discover Vuokatti’s alternative activities, such as escape and VR rooms as well as laser tag games. Holiday Club Katinkulta Spa offers year-round relaxation.

Vuokatti is the home of the world’s first ski tunnel, open year-round. Try skiing indoors on natural snow on the 1,2 kilometre track.
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Located in the northern Lakeland region, Vuokatti ski slopes overlook a magical frozen lake-scape.

9. Tahko (Sustainable Travel Finland labelled)

Tahko Mountain ski resort is located in eastern Finland, a 5-hour drive from Helsinki. Tahko’s slopes are the largest in eastern Finland and the resort offers a uniquely broad range of activities. Tahko is well-known for its lively après skis. Join the fun forces and let loose at Pehkubar after a day of snow sports (like the Finns do!). During the summer season, the resort offers scenic routes on the stairs as well as an 18-hole golf course. Hike on the top of Tahko hill via the longest outdoor stairs in Finland. Alternatively, head to the Mäkiautio’s ravine for some spectacular panoramic views. Tip from a local: on the way to Tahko, stop at the city of Kuopio and try one of Finland's most famous local delicacies, kalakukko.

Tahko ski resort has 24 slopes with the longest one being 1,2 kilometres long.
Tahko's Pehkubaari is a popular after-ski bar.
Credits: Kuopio-Tahko Markkinointi

10. Himos

Himos is one of the most popular ski resorts in southern Finland due to its central location and proximity to Helsinki (only a three-hour drive). Both beginners, as well as more advanced skiers, are up for a fun pastime at Himos’ 26 slopes and over 100 km of well-groomed ski tracks. And if skiing isn’t your thing, go dog-sledding or skating on natural ice – there are plenty of winter activities to choose from! In the nearby Sauna Village, you can learn about the history of sauna tradition and experience a genuine smoke sauna.

Himos ski resort is located in the Lakeland town of Jämsä, 45 minutes south of the city of Jyväskylä.
There are plenty of opportunities to practice your ski tricks from jumps to rails.

Sustainable activities in ski resorts

If you're looking for sustainable things to do in and near Finland's best ski resorts, look no further! We have collected products and activities by companies that have the Sustainable Travel Finland label here.

Map of 10 best ski resorts

More ski resorts in Finland

If you'd like to see all ski resorts in Finland and get information about their slopes, lifts and more, go to ski.fi for additional information.

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Best things to do in Finland during winter

Experience the spectacular Northern Lights, go skiing in the picturesque crown-snow forests, or enjoy the atmosphere in an urban ice skate rink.