2 Guests

Levi

Levi is the ultimate Winter Wonderland of dazzling unspoilt nature, pristine slopes and some of the best winter excursions the world has to offer. This cosy Lapland village is an ideal location to whisk the family away for a once in a lifetime winter holiday – with magical chances to meet Father Christmas, take a husky safari and even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Snowboard

At a glance: • Bucket list destination • Meet Santa • Great food

Great for: • Families • Beginners • Non-ski activities

Levi is the ultimate Winter Wonderland of dazzling unspoilt nature, pristine slopes and some of the best winter excursions the world has to offer. This cosy Lapland village is an ideal location to whisk the family away for a once in a lifetime winter holiday – with magical chances to meet Father Christmas, take a husky safari and even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

Levi Resort

Levi has worked up quite a reputation over the years as Finland’s largest and most popular ski resort – drawing in hordes of mountain-sport enthusiasts and fans of all things festive from the world over. Visitors can live out fairy tale experiences including meetings with Santa, sights of the elusive Northern Lights and riding with huskies… not forgetting skiing on the impressive ‘Levitunturi’ network of expertly-groomed pistes that are more often than not dusted with freshly-fallen snow.

Though seemingly remote at 67.8 degrees north in the Arctic Circle, this is far from an isolated resort. In actual fact, it’s remarkably accessible (how else could Santa make it round the globe on Christmas Eve...). Transfers from Kittilä airport tend to last just 15 minutes – great for families and anyone who can’t wait to hit the slopes and get acquainted with the Lappish way of life.

Don’t fret if you’re a little baffled by the maps; the actual name of the village is Sirkka, but most people know it as Levi after the name of the fell (mountain) it rests beneath.

A picture of the winter wonderland you’ve only ever seen on Christmas cards, Levi is surrounded by dense pine forest, glittering lakes and heaps upon heaps of fresh snow. Due to the season’s early sunsets, the slopes are illuminated from about 4pm whilst twinkling lights adorn some of the trees and streets. The buildings are mostly traditional log cabins or modern constructions with wooden cladding to reflect that all-important rustic appeal. Zero Point (the plaza under the front pistes) even has cosy huts selling warming drinks, hearty food and Lappish souvenirs – you can also leave your equipment here in lockers, just remember spare shoes so you don’t have to trek back in your boots! There’s a fantastic selection of restaurants and bars in the resort centre, some excellent après ski facilities and – of course – a huge amount of world-class excursions to make the most of your time in this magical setting.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Lapland, Finland

Established: 1932

Open: November - May

Downhill: 43.6km

View our detailed Levi snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Levi snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Kittilä16.5 km 15-20mins
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 22.3km 51%

  • 18.5km 42%

  • 3km 7%

Top Altitude:531m
Bottom Altitude:200m
Resort Altitude:200m
Longest run:2.5km
Slope Orientation:N S E W
Vertical Drop:325m
Skiable Vertical:325m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No

Snow Report

  • Top
  • cm
  • Base
  • cm
  • Forecast
  • cm

Web Cam

Levi web cams
Downhill Runs:43.6km
Beginner slopes:51%
Intermediate:42%
Advanced slopes:7%
Lift Pass Price: 178€ (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Ylläs

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Levi

Etelärinteet is the name of the area to the south, Itärinteet is its eastern ridge and there’s north-facing Koillisrinteet. Eturinteet is where you’ll find the front pistes, and the snowparks and World Cup run are also on the west ridge.

Lastenmaa Kids’ Land by Zero Point is the perfect place to learn; there’s a fantastic wide run amongst the trees. Beginners are best accommodated on the eastern and southern areas of the Levitunturi, where there are some wonderful steady blues to the bottom of the main lifts. 8.4 into Etelärinteet is one of the longest and is a beautiful ride between the snow-capped forest, meeting a tepee with log fire close to the bottom as well as a lovely spacious nursery area.

The intermediate skiing is available on all of the main areas and includes a healthy mix of shorter sprees and lengthy descents. We love 6.1, which starts close to the summit and extends right down Koillisrinteet into Golf. The Draivi restaurant at the bottom is an ideal spot to warm up with a steaming mug of Glögg before heading back up the Taalo lift. The western ridge has a couple of sheer reds such as 13.1 which leads to the Snow Park entrance, and 13.2 which bypasses this through the forest. N.1 meanwhile will probably become very familiar over the course of your break; it’s the floodlit main run into Zero Point and the focal point of the resort.

Black runs aren’t quite so plentiful but there are some decent opportunities in the woodland around the Snow Park. 13.2 is pretty steep and has splendid views of the frozen lakes and tundra stretching off into the horizon. The resort is also home to the northernmost stop on the FIS World Cup Tour, with G.2 under Gondoli having hosted elite slalom races in recent years.

There are two amazing terrain parks, with the largest being under the Vesirkka lift. The Snow Park’s wide runs are scattered with a range of rails and boxes and some beastly kickers towards the bottom. The front pistes are home to the Street Park – here you can find a superpipe, roller line, and a few challenging jibs.

Levi Apres Ski

Lapland’s ski resorts are iconic for their mammoth scene of winter wonderland activities – with some of the world’s most enchanting experiences all close to hand. The area is best known as the home of Father Christmas, and there’s no shortage of ways to meet the man himself. Levi is just 15 minutes from Santa’s cabin and workshop - You can travel by coach but we can’t stress enough the charm of snowmobiling through the forest until you see the warm glow of the hut appear in the distance...

With darkness falling so early in the winter season, going into the wilderness is ideal for spotting the phenomenal Northern Lights. Finns refer to the solar display as the Revontulet – or ‘fox fires’ – after the folk tale of a celestial fox flicking its tail across the sky. It’s true that catching a sight of them is nothing short of legendary, and there’s always the option of walking out to the Sirkkajärvi frozen lake for an unforgettable vantage point or cosying-up in a reindeer-drawn sleigh to look to the stars and hope you’re in luck.

Adrenaline-junkies can try their hand at ice karting or husky sledding (you might even get to meet the pups!) or weave between pines and over tundra on a snowmobile adventure. There’s also ice fishing available on the frozen lakes, free toboggans at Zero Point, 2 bowling alleys and the 17 pools and Jacuzzis of the Levitunturi swimming complex.

Après wouldn’t be complete without some amazing food and drink. We love Tuikku which is the bar right on top of the fell; it’s a great spot to begin the night before you head back into town via the floodlit slopes at Eturinteet. IHKU is most akin to the après you might be used to from previous European holidays, a very intimate, lively venue that stays open till late with some pumping music. Areena is the largest drinking-hole with an incredible 10 bars, massive dancefloor and a number of VIP booths. Hölmölä meanwhile is very quirky and a seriously fun place to hit as a group – the seating area looks like a train and there’s even a sauna inside, though you can always play billiards or table football if you prefer!

The food here is fantastic with many dishes loyal to the local delicacies of reindeer, fish and berries. For a traditional Lappish meal we highly recommend Kammi – a Sami hut complete with open fire, hanging reindeer pelts and sometimes even authentic joik singers. The Rock Café at Hullo Poro also tends to be very popular, playing a mix of rock, metal and indie classics while diners feast on hearty American grills and Lappish recipes. If you’re after something lighter, Pannukakkutalo does awesome sweet and savoury pancakes.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Levi

When is the best time to ski Levi?

Levi’s situation in Northern Finland means it’s got quite an extreme climate; in the depths of winter barely any sunlight breaks the horizon, so prepare to wrap up warm for intensely cold days followed by very dark nights (you can usually hire snowsuits locally). Not to worry though – the area’s actually very picturesque with its fairy lights and illuminated slopes. Your best chance of seeing the Northern Lights is between December and February, when the temperature is sub-zero. Arctic summers on the other hand are known for the Midnight Sun and 24 hour daylight, which means that around the later season you’ll find days becoming longer and brighter. Snow-wise, the chilly weather tends to ensure generous and regular top-ups of fresh powder. The lack of warmth and sun glare also helps prevent ice forming whilst slush is a very rare sight on the Levitunturi.

Peak Dates

With trips to see Santa and reindeer sleigh rides on the agenda, it doesn’t take long to see why we think Christmas in Levi is the best thing since sliced bread. Browse Levi Christmas ski holidays ‣

Start the year with a tick on the bucket list by spending New Year in Levi - Christmas still in full flow, the chance to see the Northern Lights and heaps to do are the recipe for an awesome start to January. Browse Levi New Year ski holidays ‣

Half term in Levi is magical if you have children – everything is planned with kids in mind and you can all experience a Christmassy wonderland even though December feels like years ago... Browse Levi Half Term ski holidays ‣

There’s usually still tons of snow at Easter in Levi and the days are longer too, meaning top conditions for a super winter break. Browse Levi Easter ski holidays ‣

Levi Ratings & Customer Feedback
Superb
7
Good
8
Okay
1
Poor
0
Awful
0
Average Rating 4.4 out of 5
Another brilliant week in Levi, we’ve been to Finland about 15 times in total. We would have booked next year’s trip already, but because Easter falls later they’re stopping the flights early (even though the Levi ski resort only closed in May). December and February are dark and cold, whereas when we come... + more
Michael,
5 out of 5
We hadn’t been to Levi before but really liked it for a week. The resort has a nice selection of shops and a quiet, friendly atmosphere. It’s probably not a place to go for wild après ski, but for families and more mature skiers Levi is perfect. We stayed here over Christmas and I was expecting there to be... + more
Mrs Hawkes, Oxfordshire
4 out of 5
Absolutely fabulous. The weather at the end of March was beautiful and really warm, T-shirt weather. The slopes there are fantastic, not for advanced skiers but for beginners and for us they were perfect. And there was nobody on them; it was so quiet it was unbelievable! We never had to queue for lifts. Compare... + more
Mrs Mitchell,
5 out of 5
Levi’s a lovely place. There’s a fair amount of places to drink and eat in town and lots for families. I’ve never seen so much snow! It was pretty warm for the time of year, -8 to -10°C was as cold as it got. You get a strange, dull light in the daytimes; when people say it’s dark, it’s not actually pitc... + more
Mike, Wales
4 out of 5
We loved Levi and had a fabulous time. What was so great was the variety of activities around and about Levi. We did lots of cross country skiing and downhill skiing. The lifts are excellent and the locals are really nice. It’s a good resort for families, though I’d advise to be careful what time of year you ... + more
Coghill family,
5 out of 5
I hadn’t skied before but enjoyed our week in Levi. The town was covered in snow at the end of March which is just what you want and there was a lot of easy skiing as well as more challenging slopes. We found a lot of things to do with the kids like swimming and ten pin bowling. Some of the youngsters went to ... + more
J.W., Gloucestershire
5 out of 5
The main reason we visited Levi was so that the kids could ski and see Santa. It was brilliant for our kids who hadn’t skied before, and I would definitely recommend it for first time skiing because if you don’t end up liking it there are other things to do. For older children / people who already ski it migh... + more
Sue Cheeseman,
4 out of 5
I have a useful tip for those staying in Levi - avoid having to carry your skis back to your cabin or hotel by renting a locker at Zero Point, located at the bottom of the front pistes. You can leave a pair of walking boots/trainers here too while you ski, so that you don't have to wear your ski boots back to t... + more
Louise,
4 out of 5
Levi is lovely. The skiing is fantastic. It’s good for beginners and people who are just first starting out. There are lots of drag lifts (so there aren’t many snowboarders). It’s very civilized skiing, you don’t get people whizzing past you almost hitting you. Nice for families. There is fantastic cross co... + more
Eugene Johnson, Bucklebury
4 out of 5
Having been to the Snow Villages the previous year, we found Levi quite different in comparison. It’s much more commercial with lots going on, a very different kind of holiday to the Snow Villages where you’re used to getting up and having miles and miles of nothing. The little Snowpark for kids is great ... + more
Emma, Nottinghamshire
4 out of 5
A brilliant week in Levi. We came 10 years ago and returned with our daughter this year to give her the experience with the reindeer and huskies. It was nice going back as we knew what to expect. It’s changed a bit, with a bigger ski centre – we spent a lot of time on the nursery slopes which were faster this... + more
Keith, Solihull
4 out of 5
I would love to go back to Levi. I had a fantastic week here with my son and daughter, we loved it! To start with, the weather was cloudy and snowy, but then it got really nice and sunny – cold – but lovely and bright. We really enjoyed the skiing, there are good grades of easy runs, ones that are a bit har... + more
Anon, Cumbria
5 out of 5
Levi has everything within walking distance and its only a 15 minute transfer, so its a breeze to get to and from. We’ve been here quite a few times and have done the skiing, huskies, reindeer and most recently snowmobiling amongst other activities (you can book a tour too but we know the area well enough to ... + more
Tim,
5 out of 5
We had a fantastic week here and would definitely do it again. It was very cold at -26°C so it is definitely worth hiring the suits if you go on a safari at night time. We saw the northern lights on 2 occasions and were very glad to have hired the thermal suits as there’s no shelter when you're out there. Yo... + more
Mrs Ward, Leicestershire
5 out of 5
I think we’d go back to Levi – we liked the town and the local people were very friendly. I would definitely recommend getting a flight so that you arrive in the afternoon, with enough time to get the meeting with the rep out of the way, then go to Zero Point to get your skis and measurements sorted out. Othe... + more
ANON, Warwickshire
4 out of 5
Levi’s a beautiful place, it’s not a massive ski area but it’s very pretty. It’s cold – temperatures were minus 30 some days, and it gets dark at about 2 o’clock so they put the floodlights on. We saw the northern lights out on the lake, they told us it would be a good night to spot them so we went out th... + more
Anon,
3 out of 5
Have you stayed in
this resort?
Write a Review

Families in Levi

As one of the main spots to see Santa and the northern lights, not to mention having some glorious, Narnia-like scenery, resorts like Levi should be on every family bucket list – and many families return year after year. For a taste of Lappish culture and some awesome memories, the whole family’s sure to be enchanted by experiences such as meeting the real Santa Claus, visiting a reindeer farm and riding a sled pulled by huskies.

The Levitunturi is ideal for a spot of family skiing, with an area of long, gentle beginners’ slopes in the south and the fantastic Kids’ Land on the front pistes. Adults are welcome in Kids’ Land – whether they’re helping little ones get to grips with their ski legs, or finding their own! The fact that the skiing’s all on the one fell also makes it easier to meet when lessons finish, and going for hot chocolates at Sivakka or sledging at Zero Point tend to be pretty popular ways to round off the day.

There’s no shortage of places to eat in the village, either. We love Restaurant Ammila which has a friendly atmosphere and dishes up some lovely Finnish food. The pancakes at Pannukakkutalo meanwhile have accomplished local celebrity status. There are children’s portions available and, whether you prefer warm-smoked reindeer or apple and white chocolate, there should be something to keep the whole clan happy.

GroupsGroup Holidays Levi

Whether you’re all coming for the wonderland experience, days on the slopes or a bit of both, this is a super place for group holidays.

Snowmobiling through the forest can be great fun when there’s a few of you, and you might even get to see the Northern Lights! There’s usually a Sami evening where you can all learn about Lappish culture and sample traditional delicacies. The swimming pool and spa at Levitunturi is worth a visit too and, being open all day, it’s ideal for any non-skiers in your party.

Levi’s ski area is centred around one fell, making it a great choice for mixed-ability groups who might want to ski separately then regroup for lunch later on. The Gondoli Ravintolat tends to be one of the fell’s most popular spots for group lunches – probably down to its large restaurant and accessibility from both the black and blue G slopes.

When your ski legs can take no more, head to Tuikku at the summit to relax with a round of drinks before making your way back towards Zero Point. On clear days, the view of the surrounding Lappish wilderness is truly impressive and the bar itself has a wonderfully warm and cosy atmosphere. Holmola’s a good shout if you’re after a fun, relaxed vibe to your evening, or you can hit the Areena club if you feel like a party!

Food-wise, groups are in for a real treat in Levi, with some fantastic venues for social meals. We love the fondues at Tango, while Asia Brasserie has some large tables and whips up an incredible blend of Chinese and Lappish cuisine.

Which are the best ski holidays in Levi?

Accommodation Number of nights Price (per person) from
Design Hotel Levi 7 £ 1933
Levi Hotel Spa (Levitunturi) 7 £ 574
K5 Hotel 7 £ 594
Levi Hotel Spa (Levitunturi) 3 £ 953
K5 Cabins 7 £ 414
Levi Log Cabins 7 £ 424
Hotel Levi Panorama 3 £ 789
Levi Cottages 7 £ 334
Levilehto Apartments 7 £ 344
Crazy Reindeer Hotel 7 £ 484

← online or call ↴
020 7770 6888
more