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Finland Ski Holidays
Welcome to a winter wonderland.
Northern lights, reindeer, huskies and those famous outdoor saunas – there’s much more to Finland than just skiing.
Where skiing perfectly groomed pistes is just one way to enjoy the frozen north.
A Finland ski holiday offers more than just skiing, it's an Arctic experience, complete with Northern Lights and outdoor saunas. It often begins astride a skidoo, jetting across the snowy plains before stopping for a bowl of warming salmon soup in a remote log cabin in the forest. Take an ice driving course with a rally driving legend – Finland is full of them – or learn the art of dog mushing. For little ones, there’s also reindeer safaris and Lapland’s most reclusive resident. Skiing in Finland is perfect for beginners and intermediates, small, cruisy and nothing on the scale – or steepness – of the Alps.
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Finland ski holidays Your questions answered by our Finnish ski holiday expert
Alexander Blunt (Co-Founder)
What are the best family ski resorts in Finland?
For families with young children, Lapland offers the chance to visit its most famous resident. Santa’s official home may be in Rovaniemi, (about two hours from most resorts) – but he finds the time to visit all the villages, together with his reindeer and elves. Ruka has the largest of Finland’s beginner areas, boasting a kids’ ski and play area, an Angry Birds activity park and off the slopes, a bowling alley.
What are the best beginner ski resorts in Finland?
All of Finland’s resorts are suitable for beginners, being home to much smaller ski areas than in the Alps. There’s less vertical drop and it’s not as steep either. Think wide open slopes above the tree-line before they drop through pine forests. In Ruka and Salla it’s possible to get about just sticking to blues. Levi’s 44km ski area is also ideal for beginners with wide and quiet slopes.
What are the best high altitude / snow-sure ski resorts in Finland?
If you’re looking for altitude, Finland probably isn’t the place to come. The highest resort is 780m but what it lacks in altitude it more than makes up for with latitude and most resorts are situated within the Arctic Circle. In short: you’re so far north here, you don’t need to worry about the snow. Finland has a long season, running from November to April.
What is the best skiing food and drink in Finland?
As you can imagine for a country this far north, its cuisine is designed to beat the cold. Think fresh, smoked and pickled fish, creamy salmon and potato soups and if you can pronounce it, poronkäristys. It’s a stew of sautéed reindeer served with mash, pickles and lingonberry jam. Finland is also famous for its rye breads and berries – which not only go in their sweet pastries but liqueurs too.
What are the best ski resorts for après in Finland?
Après is done slightly differently in Finland. It usually begins with a sauna, which has an almost mythical place in the hearts of everyday Finns. It can also involve rounds of vodka (if it’s a private sauna) and a mandatory plunge into the freezing waters of a freshwater lake or dive into snow. After that, you’re ready for anything. You’ll find the liveliest bars in Levi and Ruka, elsewhere it tends to be quieter and more restaurant focused.
What are the best ski resorts for off-piste skiing in Finland?
For the best freeride and off piste terrain your best bet is Yllas, one of Finland’s highest resorts and home to an off-piste area to the side of the groomed slopes. Skiers and snowboarders can also enjoy the powder on several unmanaged areas across the resort after a recent snowfall. There’s also some exciting off piste between the trees in Ruka.
What are the best ski resorts for ski weekends and short breaks in Finland?
Getting to Finland’s Arctic north involves a three hour flight to Helsinki and then taking a connecting one hour 20 minute flight to either Kuusamo or Kittilä. But from there it’s just a 20 minute drive to Ruka and Levi respectively. So it’s very doable in a weekend or short break if you can be flexible.
What is the best time to ski in Finland?
Snow arrives early in the north and it’s not uncommon for resorts to start opening as early as October in a good year. But the best time to ski is from December through to the end of February, making it a great half term option. Be aware that this is when the region is at its coldest – thermals and warm layers a must.
Most popular ski resorts in Finland
Here are just some of our top ski resorts. To find the perfect one for you, speak to one of our specialists.
Located in the immediate vicinity of the beautiful Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Yllas is the perfect resort for viewing the northern lights. Additionally, the resort is committed to becoming a carbon-neutral destination by 2025, emphasizing its dedication to preserving the tranquil environment.
Levi, in the heart of Lapland, offers a one-of-a-kind experience with friendly locals and excellent skiing. With over 40 slopes and 230 km of cross-country ski trails, it's a winter paradise. Off the slopes, enjoy reindeer sleigh rides, local specialities, and the rejuvenating Finnish sauna.
Pyha is a magical winter destination with stunning mountain views, a variety of ski runs, and a friendly atmosphere, making it a popular choice for skiers seeking something different from the typical hot-spots.
Immerse yourself in the magical winter wonderland of Ruka, located in the heart of Finnish Lapland. With abundant snowfall and the possibility of encountering Santa Claus on a reindeer-led journey, Ruka is a must-visit destination for skiing families seeking unforgettable experiences.
Perfect for beginners, Salla's uncrowded slopes provide an ideal environment for improving skiing skills. But there's more than just skiing! With activities like husky and reindeer safaris, snowmobiling, and ice fishing, there's something for everyone.