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Skiing in Lapland

If you’re used to skiing the better known European resorts, a week skiing or snowboarding in Lapland is a wonderfully unique experience. This stunning region is characterised by

treeless fells which rise majestically 500-700m out of beautiful pine forests, surrounded by open plains. Although barely half the height of the ski areas in France our Austria, Lapland's long winters of steady snowfall and exceedingly low temperatures create snow sure skiing conditions which often stretch from October through to May.

Lapland Ski Resorts

The resorts in Lapland are something completely different from the mega resorts in France and Austria. With most resorts in the middle of the wilderness and local businesses often run by the native Sami people, the vibe is usually quiet and authentic.

Thanks to so many other winter activities on the cards - lots of people visit for the Santa meeting, winter wonderland experience - the slopes are generally quiet and the lifts queue free (although the Sauna gondola in Ylläs is pretty popular...), good news for beginners who can learn in peace and quiet, as well as powder hounds who can make fresh tracks even days after snowfall.

The ski areas are small (the biggest in Ylläs is 53km which is a fraction of what you get in the 3 Valleys, Dolomites or Paradiski) but have the bonus of being snow sure and excellently looked after. The small size works perfectly for families and beginners who can get familiar with the area. Skiing 24/7 is rarely the port of call anyway here, with so much else to get stuck into like snowmobiling, reindeer and husky safaris, not to mention the chance to see the unforgettable Northern Lights.

Beginners and early intermediates will get the most out of the ski areas on the whole but there are a few advanced runs to conquer too: Pyhä, Levi, Ruka, Ylläs and Salla all have FIS status runs from downhills to slaloms. Hutto-Ukko is Finland’s steepest slope in Pyha and Jattipitka in Ylläs is the longest. The snow gods are famously generous here and the areas are hardly ever short of powder if you do fancy digressing off the piste.

While the downhill ski areas are pretty compact, what Lapland does have by the bucket load is cross country. If you’re an advanced skier who’s tired of the terrain, this is a super place to learn something new, with most resorts having English speaking cross country instructors at hand to show the basics. Ruka has access to a whopping 500km of cross-country runs if you want to get some serious mileage under your belt.

As the winter season can be dark with only a few daylight hours, many of the slopes are floodlit to keep the pistes skiable.

Snow Conditions

With the first signs of snow at the end of August, the ski season opens with some deep cover, which only gets better as the season rolls on – April usually has the deepest snow.

Although December and January only have a few daylight hours, lots of the downhill runs, cross country tracks and snowparks are floodlit so you can enjoy a whole day on the slopes.

It’s Lapland’s sub-zero temperatures we have to thank for the incredible snow conditions, but this does mean you’ll need to wrap up extra warm, adding a few extra layers to your usual Alpine gear. Proper thermals are worth their weight in gold, as is a jacket with snow cuffs to prevent any cold getting in between your gloves and sleeves. Some people opt for lining gloves under their usual ski gloves and a good quality buff or facemask can be a godsend.

The resorts cater for the climate really well, with campfire huts dotted around at the bottom of slopes and plenty of warm cafes, restaurants and indoor activities if you need to escape from the cold.

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Yllas Log Cabins (Santa Break)

4 star Chalet in Yllas, Finland / Lapland

03 Dec 2017 (Sunday) - 3 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Manchester (MAN)

 

 

 

£709 per person

 

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Immelmökit Cabins

3.5 star Chalet in Levi, Finland / Lapland

15 Jan 2017 (Sunday) - 7 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Bristol (BRS)

 

good for families 

Distance to village centre: 400m. Distance to ski lift: 800m. 

was £518 23% discount

£398 per person

 

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Äkäs Hotel Cabins

3 star Chalet in Yllas, Finland / Lapland

08 Jan 2017 (Sunday) - 7 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Bristol (BRS)

 

swimming pool 

 

was £558 20% discount

£449 per person

 

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K5 Cabins

4 star Chalet in Levi, Finland / Lapland

15 Jan 2017 (Sunday) - 7 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Manchester (MAN)

 

good for families 

Distance to village centre: 300m. Distance to ski lift: 500m. 

was £539 2% discount

£529 per person

 

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Levi Log Cabins

4 star Chalet in Levi, Finland / Lapland

22 Jan 2017 (Sunday) - 7 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Gatwick (LGW)

 

good for families 

Distance to village centre: 600m. 

was £568 21% discount

£448 per person

 

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Saariselkä Log Cabins (4 star)

4 star Chalet in Saariselka, Finland / Lapland

29 Jan 2017 (Sunday) - 7 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Bristol (BRS)

 

 

Distance to village centre: 800m. Distance to ski lift: 2,000m. Nearest ski bus stop: 500m. 

was £548 24% discount

£418 per person

 

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Yllas Log Cabins

4 star Chalet in Yllas, Finland / Lapland

22 Jan 2017 (Sunday) - 7 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Manchester (MAN)

 

swimming pool 

 

was £529 4% discount

£509 per person

 

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Villa Armas Cabins

4 star Chalet in Yllas, Finland / Lapland

15 Jan 2017 (Sunday) - 7 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Bristol (BRS)

 

swimming pool 

Distance to village centre: 350m. Nearest ski bus stop: 200m. 

was £508 24% discount

£388 per person

 

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Villa Armas Cabins

3 star Chalet in Yllas, Finland / Lapland

03 Dec 2017 (Sunday) - 3 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Manchester (MAN)

 

swimming pool wellness facilities 

 

£709 per person

 

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Levi Cottages

3.5 star Chalet in Levi, Finland / Lapland

15 Jan 2017 (Sunday) - 7 nights, Self Catering

Departing from Bristol (BRS)

 

good for families 

Distance to village centre: 150-200m. Distance to ski lift: 450m. 

was £548 24% discount

£418 per person

 

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