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Saariselkä ski holidays
Established in 1954 the Finnish ski resort Saariselkä lies at ? metres altitude in the Lapland region of the Finnish ?5 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 10km of trails, which equates to around 100 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Saariselkä is Ivalo at a distance of 30km or approximately 25 minutes driving time. Their season runs from November to May.
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Skiing in Saariselkä
11 pistes and trails means approximately 10km of runs. 6 Saariselkä lifts have capacity to transport 6500 per hour. The longest run in the Finnish ski resort is over 1.5km.
The mountain has 0% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 36% intermediate, 54% advanced slopes and 9% for experts - the most difficult piste is the 0.9km Lunnirinne run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. You can ski Saariselkä after dark as there is night skiing on ?km of illuminated piste.
Rating for skiing gets 4 stars out of 5 overall
Snowboarding in Saariselkä
Of the 6 ski lifts, 6 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Saariselkä is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 1 terrain parks and 1 half pipe (longest half pipe length is ? metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.
Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
Saariselkä Apres Ski
Off-Slope activities include:
8 apres ski bars 19 restaurants 0 bowling 3 night club 0 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 1 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 2 saunas 0 hot tubs 0 solariums 0 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 0 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 0 horse riding 10 prepare winter walks 0 climbing 0 golf 0 fishing 0 museum 0 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Dancing, Winter Hiking, Lappish Nights, Ski Touring, Arctic Ocean, Santa Land, Northern Lights, Reindeer Safari, Gold Digging, Gold Panning, Igloo Village.
Rating for apres ski gets 3 stars out of 5 overall
"Saariselkä" by any other name
The Finnish resort is also known as Saariselkä Saariselkä and has common misspellings:
The direction which the various Saariselkä slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.
- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Saariselkä has slopes facing N S.
Rating for snow gets 4 stars out of 5 overall
Saariselkä reviews, 2.8 star rating and information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.