Finland has excellent snowfall, uncrowded resorts, cosy accommodation, and a friendly atmosphere. It’s not the first place that most people think of when choosing a country to ski, but there’s a handful of really great resorts, many of which offer a lot more than just downhill skiing. It’s ideal for groups of skiers and non-skiers, and kids will love the country around Christmas, when you’ll be able to spot reindeer in the wild, and maybe visit Santa in Lapland.
Iso-Syote is a beautifully quaint ski resort which has log cabins covered in snow, reindeer drawn carriages, and wide, open slopes with plenty of space ski. It’s great for beginners and families, as well as snowboarders who flock to the country’s largest snow park.
The resort is ideal for casual skiers, or perhaps groups where not everyone is a ski enthusiast. That’s because there’s so much to do off the slopes. You can rent a snowmobile, take a dog sledding tour of the pretty town and beyond, go rally driving on ice, and enjoy all sorts of winter sports you may have never thought of trying. However, if you are bringing some keen skiers, they’ll find a few more challenging slopes.
A huge attraction in the Iso-Syote is that there’s the potential to see the Northern Lights. There are tours available at night to see the lights, and some hotels even offer luxury suites with glass roofs and floor to ceiling windows so you can enjoy the view.
Levi is the country’s biggest ski resort and since it’s set in Lapland, it’s a magical place for a family break. Again, the resort is mainly for beginners or those who want a slower pace, but there are some challenges for intermediate skiers. Location is a big factor for many choosing this resort, as it’s less than half an hour from Kittila airport, which has budget flights from across the UK.
Accommodation in Levi is generally good value for money, with many visitors opting for cosy log cabins or cottages during their stay. Like Iso-Syote, it’s a spot where you can see the Northern Lights, and the best way to do that is to book a snowmobile safari, dog sled, or reindeer sled to take you out to the best locations. If you are looking for ski resorts in Finland that also offer various winter sports, then Levi is ideal as there’s a packed program of activities on offer. From snowshoeing to riding a snowcat, visiting Santa, or ice fishing, those who don’t ski can easily fill their days.
Yllas is another Finnish resort where the main focus isn’t skiing, rather it’s a winter adventure resort. However, if you do hit the slopes and are a beginner or intermediate, then you’ll find 50kms of beautiful pistes, and reliable snow. There’s an excellent ski school, and a friendly atmosphere on the slopes, where you’ll often see family groups skiing together.
The resort has so much to do in winter, whether you like to be active or relax. The spas and saunas are incredibly popular, or you could go horse riding through the snow, snowkiting, sledding, and much more.
Yllas has a choice of comfortable accommodation whether you want your own cabin, a spa hotel, or basic apartments. The town has great restaurants, bars, and a few night spots with live music and DJs, so while it’s not the liveliest of après-ski scenes, there’s plenty to enjoy.
Skiing in Finland is a great experience thanks to the friendly, uncrowded resorts, and the country is ideal for those who are still building their confidence on the slopes. To book a ski holidays in Finland, or any other country, simply call Snowfinders on 01858 466888.