There will be snow in Lapland!
Skiing in Lapland can be a fantastic experience for beginners - with wide, open slopes, uncrowded lifts and plenty of green and blue runs. It offers those new to this winter activity a safe and easy introductory space to put your new found skills to the test.
Lapland sits across the arctic circle, an area of Finland blanketed in snow most of the year round. Meaning you will have a snow-sure adventure as you head out to try the exciting sport of skiing (or perhaps snowboarding).
What Lapland resort will suit your beginner ski style?
There are 3 main resorts in Lapland, all very similar but slightly varying in what they have to offer depending on your beginner ski level. All resorts though are suited to both beginner skiers and snowboarders and they all provide ski lessons and floodlight slopes for skiing in the dark (during the winter months, Lapland daylight hours are significantly reduced).
Beginner skiing in Yllas
Yllas offers Finland's longest ski slopes, giving you a chance to really build up the momentum and practise your parallel turns.
With 53km of ski slope to explore and the majority being blue at around 30 runs, you have plenty of space to perfect your skills.
If this is your first time out on skis, then the ski schools here are perfect for you - offered in small groups, with excellent English speaking instructors, no matter your age they are happy to help.
Perhaps snowboarding is on your wish list? If so, Yllas provides a snowpark where you can really get stuck in and start attempting some small tricks.
The resort itself is full of Lappish charm, with plenty of accommodation options from all inclusive hotels to cosy log cabins. There are all the amenities you might need located in the town centre, including plenty of restaurants.
Beginner skiing in Levi
Levi is the ideal beginners resort for families, especially as it has the shortest transfer time to and from the resort. Offering a dedicated ‘Kids Land’ with a small ski lift and accommodation designed to suit families with children of any age, it's a great place for your first family ski break.
Levi is well-known for its ski area due to its gentle and wide slopes, with plenty of space to learn, including ski schools and a good mix of blue and red runs, giving you a chance to progress your ski skills.
Levi resort is one of Laplands most popular destinations. Offering accommodation for all types of travellers, especially for families. With self-catering apartments so you can have a home from home experience or hotels that have children in mind.
Beginner skiing in Saariselka
The most northern ski resort in Europe, Saariselka is the least commercialised resort, so perfect if you are looking for a true escape from daily life.
A great place to learn to ski and explore the area - with all slopes leading back to the same centre point, you can explore with a sense of security.
Being a slightly smaller ski area, you will find the slopes uncrowded and no queues for the lifts so you can go at your own pace.
Saariselka resort is within the arctic circle and deeply rooted in the Sami culture. With accommodation of all kinds to choose from, a week here is relaxing and will let you soak up the true wilderness of Lapland.
Skiing sample - Lapland ski excursion
If you are on an adventure holiday in Lapland and would like to try a bit of skiing, but perhaps not dedicate your week to it, then you can opt to book a skiing excursion for a day instead:
Ski success - Lapland skiing holidayWant to know more about skiing and snowboarding in Lapland, read our guide on the area to give you further insight into this wonderful winter escape and all it has to offer when it comes to a ski holiday:
Ski under the night sky - Lapland's Northern Lights
You might be hoping to see the Northern Lights whilst on your skiing holiday in Lapland. Don’t worry, there are plenty of chances to - whether its whilst you are out skiing, sleeping under the stars in a glass cabin or out on an excursion of snowmobiling or husky sleighs:
Ski this way
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