Crystal Ski has added two ski resorts in Finland – Levi and Ylläs – to its existing range of Iso-Syöte, Pyha, Ruka and Salla.
Both Levi and Ylläs sit comfortably within the Arctic Circle and are some of the northernmost ski resorts in the world.
As well as ensuring excellent ski conditions, Levi and Ylläs’ high latitudes also mean a vastly elevated chance to witness one of the world’s most sought-after phenomena – the Northern Lights – something which both resorts are proud of to say the least.
These two resorts offer everything you might expect from a Scandinavian resort – short transfers (20 minutes to Levi and 45 to Ylläs), a new direct flight from Gatwick to Kittila and a full range of accommodation including log cabins.
Made up of two villages, the Arctic adventure resort of Ylläs represents an ideal set-up for a family winter break.
The resort consists of two parts, Ylläsjärvi and Akäslompolo, both unassuming in nature but host a range of local bars and restaurants as well as a regular ski bus to the lifts (free with the lift pass).
The ski area in Ylläs is one of the largest in Finland but the real draw is the activities provided by our partner, Lapland Safaris – there’s everything from a stay at the Ice Hotel, ice fishing and a Northern lights safari to snowshoeing, reindeer and husky expeditions.
Levi is compact and colourful with a variety of shops and restaurants. It’s not big on the après scene, but it does have 15 (fifteen) floodlit pistes, so there’s plenty of scope to spend the evening on the slopes.
The resort centre is conveniently located right at the foot of the main ski lift and on the mountain you’ll find uncrowded slopes. It also hosts World Cup ski events every year – a measure of the quality of some of the skiing here in the second largest ski area in Finland.
When it comes to accommodation, there are several good hotels as well as self-catering apartments – but for a true Finnish experience, you can’t get any better than a traditional wooden cabin.
At the end of a long day, you can soothe sore ski muscles in your private sauna and then cosy up on the sofa in front of your log fire.
The season runs from December 13, 2016, to February 12, 2017. Flights are from London Gatwick.