What sets Finnish ski resorts apart

Ruka is the most snow-sure ski resort of Europe: ski season lasts from October until May.
Ruka is the most snow-sure ski resort of Europe: ski season lasts from October until May.

Since water freezes at 0 °C and the Earth circles the sun on an axis, there is always snow on both poles and alternately on each hemisphere near the poles.

Winter is magical, but it is not uncommon. So what exactly makes Finland’s winters and Finnish ski resorts so unique?

For one, Lapland’s ski resorts are some of the most snow-sure in the world; in fact, Ruka is the most secure in Europe.

While nature does most of the work, Finnish ski resorts also use clean water and efficient machinery to create their own white gold. Climate, technology and snow storage guarantee a white holiday from November to May, sometimes even longer.

Saariselkä opened ski lifts for the second weekend of June in 2017.
Saariselkä opened ski lifts for the second weekend of June in 2017.

While the Arctic falls into Polar Night around the winter solstice, you need not fear the dark. The short, magical days of January are crisp, colourful and full of peace, and when it is time to ski, floodlights make sure you see everything ahead of you.

Once the days start growing longer, it seems like the sun never sets. In fact, by the time April comes around, there is no need for artificial light at all.

So Finnish ski resorts have snow and light, what else could you ask for? World-class slopes. Well-maintained, clearly marked, safe slopes for all skill levels. Freestyle parks and halfpipes for snowboarders and skiers, moguls and freeride zones, kids’ training areas and groomers for days. Trust me, it is all there.

We take safety seriously. Ski Patrol in Ylläs.
We take safety seriously. Ski Patrol in Ylläs.

Lastly, you can never underestimate the importance of safety. Finland is one of the safest and most stable countries on Earth, and that extends to skiing as well.

Your wellbeing is always in good hands, whether you’re zooming down the slopes, soaking at the spa or enjoying dinner at a restaurant. Simply put, you can focus on having a good time.

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