Up in the Land of the Midnight sun, Levi is the fastest growing, best known resort in Lapland and indeed the nation. The ski area - one of the biggest in the country - gets bucketloads of snow and caters terrifically for families, there’s a super park with 2 half pipes and you can enjoy authentic Lappish après ski in traditional bars and restaurants.
Ylläs, pronounced “oo-lass” has a ski area with more runs than any other Finland resort and the lifts can upload the most snow lovers per hour. You’ll also find snowparks, a giant slalom, Findland’s longest piste (the 3km Jättipitkä) and oodles of powder to keep everyone happy. The skies here are really clear which makes this one of the most popular places to experience the unforgettable northern lights.
The log cabins you can stay in are as cosy as can be, and experiences like husky sledding and meeting reindeer are the icing on the cake.
The next big two when it comes to skiing are Pyhä and Ruka. Pyhä, pronounced “poo-har” has lovely scenic skiing through the unspoilt setting of Finland’s oldest national park. Twinned with North America’s legendary Jackson Hole, it has Finland’s best terrain for advanced skiing including some awesome steeps and moguls, tonnes of powder and an amazing floodlit funpark.
Ruka was voted the best ski resort in Finland in the 2013 World Ski Awards and it doesn’t take long to see why: with varied, snow sure pistes covered by a cheap lift pass, half of which are floodlit so you can ski into the evening, this large, modern resort is fast creeping up the popularity rankings.
Finland’s main resorts are in, or near to, Lapland. In terms of size, the ski areas aren’t as expansive as you’d find in France, Austria or Italy but offer a wonderfully different, type of holiday. Some of the most popular ski resorts in Finland are Ruka, Levi, Saariselka, Yllas, Pyha, Salla, Tahko, Luosto, Iso-Syote, Ounasvaara, Vuokatti, Messila and Himos.
Finland is very accessible for new skiers. The resorts don’t have the huge vertical height drops like the mainland European resorts. Ski resorts in Finland tend to be more gentle, rolling hills and fells often lined with trees. This is all bolstered by excellent ski schools, many of which are English speaking.
Levi is a fantastic choice for novice skiers with wide slopes, a beginner area and an easy to explore ski area once you’ve mastered the basics.
Saariselka is another excellent choice, especially if you want to combine skiing with other activities. It’s a brilliant place to try and see the Northern Lights too - there’s little light pollution, and 2 national parks surround you.
Yllas has beautiful scenery and wide, accessible slopes for skiing. There are loads to do if you’re looking to expand into cross country skiing too- around 330km of trails. You should also check out the Ice Hotel near the resort.
Finland is an attractive option for those looking to ski early in the season. Due to its proximity to the Arctic Circle, there is snow early on in winter. Resorts open as early as October in good snow year. One of the main things to consider in Finland is the cold - the average high temperature for Ruka in November is -3 °C, and it only gets colder from there! Another consideration is how much daylight you’ll be getting each day, especially if you want to travel early in the season. You can get less than 5 hours of daylight in somewhere like Ruka November-January.
There are around 75 ski resorts in Finland. Many are small, so we may not have package holidays to them. In Finland, favourite ski resorts where we’ve sent clients to in the past include Ruka, Levi, Saariselka, Yllas and Pyha.
Yllas is the place for skiers as it has the most runs, including Jättipitkä which is Finland’s longest piste. Yllas and Levi are a great choice for a family winter wonderland or Santa Break style trip. They offer an abundance of magical excursions like husky sledding or meeting Santa. Those looking for more advanced skiing will be better served looking toward the picturesque slopes at Ruka where you’ll find varied terrain and powder skiing. Cross Country skiers will love Yllas with 300km of marked trails.
|Property||Resort||Price (per person)|
|Design Hotel Levi||Levi||£ 1449|
|Santa's Hotel Riekonlinna||Saariselka||£ 1149|
|Yllas Log Cabins||Yllas||£ 599|
|Levi Log Cabins||Levi||£ 629|
|Santa's Hotel Tunturi||Saariselka||£ 1139|
|Holiday Club Spa Hotel||Saariselka||£ 839|
|Gielas Hotel||Saariselka||£ 899|
|Yllas Saaga Spa Hotel||Yllas||£ 969|
|Santa's Holiday Club||Saariselka||£ 1159|
|Santa's Star Arctic Hotel||Saariselka||£ 1429|