Why you should book a late ski deal to Lapland
Deciding to book a last minute winter sports holiday is a great way of escaping the 9-5 grind for a week or so while getting a good price on a break. If you’re not sure where to visit for a late skiing break, turn your attention to Lapland.
The region in Finland is charming with its abundance of old buildings, beautiful natural landscapes and wild reindeer, and it’s also a great place for a skiing getaway. There are a number of resorts to be found in the area, and which you choose will depend on what you’re after. Take a look at my top three picks and you’re bound to find the one that’s right for you.
One of Finland’s largest ski resorts, Levi is fast becoming a popular tourist hotspot and, as such, you’ll find all sorts of amenities here, in addition to excellent skiing provisions. The slopes are easy to reach from the accommodation thanks to the free bus service that serves the resort, and there are lifts and a gondola to transport skiers up the hills.
Beginners, intermediate skiers and those with more advanced abilities will all find suitable conditions at Levi, which offers 44 pistes over around 43 km of terrain. Meanwhile, there’s a park and two half pipes for snowboarders.
During your time away from the slopes you can make use of a spa and a sports centre, take a trip to see the Northern Lights, or pay a visit to Santa in nearby Rovaniemi. There are a few night clubs, a number of bars and a cinema at the resort, as well as activities for children, the chance to try ice fishing and opportunities to go on a reindeer safari.
Downhill and cross country skiers will be in their element in Yllas, as this is the largest ski centre for the sports in the entire Lapland region. Here, you’ll find some of Finland’s longest and most vertical runs over the 40 km of skiable terrain.
There are 61 trails to follow, of which the majority are intermediate level, and you can ski almost all the way back to your accommodation in most cases. The longest run is around 3 km long, and one of the most challenging to be found here is the World Cup run.
Snowboarding is also a popular sport in Yllas and, if you fancy having a go, you’ll have two terrain pipes and three half pipes on which to hone your skills.
A popular holiday destination all year round, Saariselka is Finland’s northernmost winter sports resort and caters well for advanced sportsmen and women looking for a late skiing deal to Lapland. Most of the runs here are for expert skiers, although there are some for those with intermediate skills too.
Saariselka is a good location for the whole family, as there are many activities to try out here besides skiing. You might decide to take a canoeing excursion on the Ivalojoki River, or pay a visit to Santa Claus Village, which isn’t far from here. Any children in your party will love to meet Father Christmas in his home town and can send postcards bearing the unique Arctic Circle postmark to friends and family from the post office.