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10 ‘MUST EXPERIENCE’ SKI RESORTS IN FINLAND

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SKI RESORTS IN FINLAND

Your Guide to 10 Ski Resorts in Finland 

There are around 75 ski resorts in Finland. That’s quite a high number for a country that has no mountains. Instead of mountains, there are a great deal of hills, which are covered with snow for about 200 days a year. Here we’ve picked ten ski resorts for you to have a peek.

Finnish ski resorts are practically guaranteed to have snow for the whole season, which, at the first resorts, starts as early as October and ends, at the latest, in May. For this, we can thank our northern location and the efficient snowing systems.You’ll find slopes to fit every skill level at Finnish ski resorts. Even small children and absolute beginners can enjoy skiing down the gentle family slopes. Most of the slopes are pretty easy, wide and not very long. But there are also some world-class race slopes that are challenging enough for experts, as well as plenty of parks and streets for snowboarders and new school skiers.

PYHÄ SKI RESORT

The idyllic Pyhä Fell is just a short drive away from the Rovaniemi airport. At Pyhä the wilderness is truly just behind your doorstep and everything is easily accessible by walking or skiing. If you have never experienced downhill skiing before, the slopes and off-piste routes at Pyhä satisfy the needs of both beginners and more experienced adventurers. The new and improved Pyhä Ski Resort serves skiers better than ever before: 9 lifts, 14 slopes and pure natural surroundings create a unique experience.

SPECIAL: PYHÄ-LUOSTO NATIONAL PARK

The basic zone of the National Park is formed of Finland’s most southern fell chain. The Pyhä-Luosto National Park is located just a side of Pyhä and Luosto tourist centres, connecting these two centres along the hiking and skiing trails. Pyhä-Luosto National Park is a superb destination for day trips and short hikes throughout the year. Visitor Centre Naava is a good place to start your visit to Pyhä-Luosto National Park.

VUOKATTI SKI RESORT

Vuokatti, thanks to its unique geographical situation in Kainuu region, is one of the most popular all year around holiday resorts in Finland. Situated at the cross road of the famous Finnish Lakeland area and Lapland, Vuokatti and the surrounding area offer a mixture of the highlights of the authentic Finnish experience in one package. In winter time one can easily make all the “must experience” Finnish snow activities (i.e. snowmobile, reindeer and husky safaris) in Vuokatti area.

 

SPECIAL: SKI & SNOWBOARD TUNNEL

Because of its unique facilities like the ski & snowboard tunnel, Vuokatti can offer all year round winter activities both for professional level winter sports training as well as leisure oriented travellers. Vuokatti has long experience from hosting different sport teams of national and international level to camp and train in the area and Vuokatti  Sport has an official Olympic Training Center status.

LEVI SKI RESORT

Levi is the largest ski and recreational resort in Finland. It is situated 170 km north of the Arctic Circle and Rovaniemi City. The resort has a great variety of slopes and ski lifts. Levi offers downhill enthusiasts everything from kids’ runs to black slopes, and snow parks – even the cross-country skiing tracks range an impressive 230 km. The season starts in late October lasting until in early May. Levi Destination offers a wide variety of hotels, cabins and apartments from 1 to 5 stars. Whether you are looking for an Alpine style apartment in the middle of the village, a log-cabin surrounded by nature or a glass igloo in the fell you will surely find a suitable option.

RUKA SKI RESORT

Ruka is located in Kuusamo, Eastern Lapland, and reachable through good travel connections. Ruka is one of Finland’s most popular ski and holiday resorts and a lively alpine-like town. Ski season lasts from October until May and the resort is one of the most snow secure places in Europe. 21 ski lifts and 34 slopes guarantee cool runs for downhill skiers and snowboarders. A vast network of cross-country ski tracks circle around the ski resort. Guests find themselves surrounded by pristine nature of the magnificent hills, pure rivers, wild woodlands and wonderful natural scenery. With a wide selection of programme services there are plenty of things to do from visits to reindeer farms to enjoying the warmth of the Finnish sauna experience.

TAHKO SKI RESORT

Tahko is a compact, warm-hearted ski resort located in the Lakeland area of Finland. Picturesque slopes, a wide range of interesting outdoor activities and high level accommodation attract crowds of people to spend their winter holidays in Tahko. It is the fourth biggest skiing center in Finland and famous for its perfectly-groomed slopes. 15 lifts, 24 slopes, where the longest trail is 1200 meters long and the biggest vertical drop is up to 200 m.

 

SPECIAL: PROXIMITY TO KUOPIO

Tahko Ski Resort is located less than hour drive from Kuopio, one of the biggest cities in Finland. Kuopio is surrounded by a lake Kallavesi and beautiful lake scenery is characteristic for the area.

ISO-SYÖTE SKI RESORT

Iso-Syöte ski area and its 17 slopes and 10 lifts offer excellent settings for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. The children’s SnowWorld has four slopes and four lifts designed for safe and fun learning. Long and wide blue slopes are perfect for easy and enjoyable runs, while black and red slopes offer challenges for more experienced. Thrill seekers find great off-piste and park facilities. The closeby Pikku-Syöte ski area has 9 slopes, which are very suitable for those who are just starting their skiing career but also a great place to enjoy the sport of skiing.

SPECIAL: LONGEST SNOWPARK

Finland’s longest ski & snowboard park can be found at Iso-Syöte ski resort.

LAAJIS – LAAJAVUORI SKI RESORT

Laajis ski resort is a “resort in the middle of the city” – only 4km from the Jyväskylä city centre. It offers various activities for people of all ages and skiers of all levels. Laajis includes 12 slopes and 4 snowparks. Whether you can just about stay up on skis or want to experience big jumps and long rails, it’s all there for you. In addition, Laajis offers ice cross tracks (downhill ice-skating) for adventure lovers! Laajis is one of the most important snowpark places in southern Finland.

SPECIAL: A YEAR ROUND DESTINATION WITH AN ADVENTURE PARK

Laajis also has one of the largest adventure parks in the Nordic countries with nearly 2.5 kilometres of different climbing routes and courses for both children and adults. Or why not try riding down the slopes with a downhill bike?

YLLÄS SKI RESORT

Ylläs is the largest ski resort in Lapland – and the whole of Finland. It has 63 slopes and 29 ski lifts, as well as the longest ski runs. Snowpark areas, “super-G slope”, many off-piste slopes…the list is almost endless. Ylläs caters everyone from children and beginners to highly skilled professionals who love the untouched snow.

SPECIAL:  SPOT THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Ylläs is one of the best places to spot the Northern Lights – in Finnish Lapland they appear on almost every other night between August and April.

MESSILÄ SKI RESORT IN LAHTI

At Messilä everything is only a few step away as this ski resort is small and compact. Skiers can be sure that the staff will help them with everything they need. Messilä also has restaurants, cafés and several accommodation options – all near the slopes too.

SPECIAL:  WINTER CAPITAL OF FINLAND

Messilä is situated in the city of Lahti that has over 100 years of skiing culture and has hosted a record- breaking seven FIS Nordic World Ski Championships! Be sure to visit Lahti’s Ski Museum!

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