Finland is packed with family-friendly ski resorts that offer challenges for skiers of all levels.
The biggest ski resorts in Finland are on the fells of Lapland, the northern part of the country, but it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say there’s a ski hill outside every town. Even from central Helsinki, you can bus your way to a ski resort in less than an hour!
Finnish ski resorts are stress-free with no massive lift queues. The relaxed atmosphere and easy slopes are ideal for beginners and intermediates, but there are challenges for experts, too, in the form of steeper runs, snow parks and backcountry spots.
The season starts in late October and ends in early May, and reaches its peak in the springtime sun between February and April.
Here are a few tips on where to head for a laid-back ski holiday in Finland:
Levi, Kittilä Map
The most popular of Finnish ski destinations is a versatile resort with lots of gentle runs, a world cup slalom run, two snow parks, and plenty of forests for some off-piste adventures.
Ylläs, Kolari Map
Ylläs has long skiing traditions and the twin resorts on two sides of the Ylläs fell make up Finland’s largest ski area with a selection of runs for all skill levels as well as two snow parks. The six surrounding fells will please backcountry enthusiasts.
Pyhä, Pelkosenniemi Map
The “Holy Hill” is a bit quieter a resort than the two above and well known for its backcountry opportunities. There’s a score of easy slopes, kids’ runs as well as a snow park. Pyhä lies on the edge of a national park, and close-by sibling resort Luosto offers an extension to skiing options.
Serena, Espoo Map
Located in Espoo next to Helsinki, this small hill with a snow park provides a great outing on a city break and can be reached by bus from central Helsinki.
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