Ski Holidays in Finland

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Home to Father Christmas, reindeer and amazing opportunities for family outings, Finland might not be the first country that springs to mind when it comes to a holiday on the slopes but it’s actually full of charm and does offer something a little different to your standard chalet holiday.
Skiing and Boarding
Most of the skiing that goes on in Finland is of the cross-country variety rather than the less tiring downhill type! That said, there are a number of resorts that work well for beginners and intermediates - Levi and Yllas to name but two. For snowboarders there are some excellent facilities with huge super pipes becoming increasingly commonplace, although there are quite a few t-bars as it’s the Finnish ski lift of choice!

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Levi is a classic purpose built ski and snowboard village with an interesting mix of cabins and hotels. Some of the cabins be booked on a catered basis and many are of a lovely standard, a great option for a pre Christmas holiday and the perfect chance to meet Father Christmas! There is a fairly reasonable number of runs in Levi, just under 50, with around 30 lifts serving them. Levi is also home to Finland’s largest snowpark! One thing to bear in mind is that there are only a few hours of daylight as you are so far north, which can be a bit of a pain when you’re enjoying a day on the slopes.

Yllas is the other major resort in Finland with the largest amount of downhill skiing in the country – just over 1500ft of vertical drop and 61 pistes served by 27 lifts. The pistes are actually excellent for novices and intermediate skiers who don’t want to push themselves too hard. As with Levi there are some lovely log cabins available, but very few are catered. Most come with a half-board catering option in a nearby hotel.

Family excursions
These are probably the highlight of a trip to Finland and can be amazing fun for the family. There are spectacular husky rides through pine forest, snowmobile safaris, reindeer sleigh rides, trips to see Father Christmas and visits to traditional Lapp villages to experience their traditional way of life.

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