Skiing resorts in Finland
Skiing resorts in Finland
Looking for ski resorts that offer excellent facilities for the experienced as well as the novice? Are you fed up waiting in long queues to enjoy this pastime? Look no further than Finland, it has only been known to the English as a place for skiers for the past 10 years or so. It has 22 ski resorts in the northern part of the country, Lapland, 31 resorts in central Finland and 22 in the south of the country.
In Lapland the most popular airport to access the resorts is in Rovaniemi, easily reached from all airports within the country, from there you can travel to some of the best known resorts such as the Yllas ski resort, Ruka ski resort and the world-famous Levi Finland ski resort area. Not only do these resorts offer the longest ski runs in the country, are excellent for all levels of skier, they also offer the opportunity to experience the Northern Lights while staying in Finland too.
The Yllas resort offers the longest ski runs in Finland and this helps it to be the largest resort in the country. Not only is there skiing at this resort, but also snowboarding; ski schools and some slopes are lit up at night, enabling those who wish to enjoy the snow the whole day long. There are 29 lifts and 61 slopes, 11 restaurants are near the slopes. Great for families and also for those who desire a more demanding ski holiday; these facilities cater for all.
The Ruka ski resort located in Eastern Lapland, near the Russian border, offers not only slopes but also a snow park and a half-pipe to practise your skills. It has a new pedestrian village centre and is certainly gaining in popularity. If it`s scenery you desire as well as snow, then this is a place to consider. The facilities offered allow novices and experiences skiers to enjoy all.
The Levi centre resort is possibly the most famous in all of the country, here there are 45 slopes and it is the only resort to have a Gondola lift. Restaurants, nightlife and après-ski all add to the excitement of staying in this resort.
And of course all these northern resorts are equipped with ski schools and equipment hire.
If you don`t wish to travel so far north, maybe central Finland is a consideration. Here in the central region of Oulu there is Iso-Syote which will give you a similar experience to Lapland, but is within easy reach of the major cities. Thus allowing the skier to have the best of both worlds.
There are only 15 slopes in Iso-Syote, but they have excellent restaurants, ski schools and equipment hire, shopping and cafes. For those who are more enthusiastic there is the snow park and half-pipe available too. There are 31 ski resorts in central Finland so a vast choice is available.
Southern Finland has 26 ski resorts, Himos is the most popular in the region, this is possibly due to it being easily accessible from all major cities and airports. At Himos ski resort the facilities are of a similar standard to those throughout the country, ski schools, equipment hire, restaurants are all available. Also included in this resort there are miles of cross country trails available and downhill ski runs. Two ski areas make up this resort with 15 lifts and 21 slopes between the two of them.
All ski resorts in Finland offer everything the skier can desire, be it the novice, family or experienced skier. To make more of the surrounding areas and to enable independence, renting a car is a good option, for cheap car hire Helsinki airport and other locations in the city will offer a top class service.