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Levi - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Skiing in Levi
Levi - Finnish Ski Resort (200m to 531m)
One of the largest ski area in Finland, complete with two gondola lifts, with all hotels and slopes linked by a free bus service. The resort has a sports centre and a spa with jacuzzi, pool saunas and steam room. 28km of the cross-country trails are illuminated. Lifts operate from 10am to 8pm and include the only gondola in Finland. There are 886km of snowmobiling trails in the area. Visits are arranged to Santa Land in Rovaniemi and there are trips to see the Northern Lights.
Levi Ski Facts
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The Finnish ski resort of Levi has direct access to 44 individual pistes, served by 27 ski lifts.
Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..
Snowmaking :- Levi is able to augment natural snow, with 142 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 27 Ski Lifts of Levi are able to uplift 27,900 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Levi are perfectly feasible. Kittilä Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Levi
Four times chosen as Finland's top ski centre, Levi's success is due to more than just slopes and tracks. A key element has been the friendly and personal service for which Levi has become well known. The season in the north is the longest in the country, spanning from October to May. There are nearly 50 slopes and more than 25 lifts with an uplift capacity of more than 27,000 people per hour so queues are kept to a minimum. Levi has seven mountain restaurants including the Tuikku, a panoramic restaurant at the top of the mountain.
With 230km of cross-country tracks, 28km of which are illuminated for night skiing, Levi has one of the best network of cross-country trails in the country. The majority of trails are for intermediates but there are beginner trails and more challenging tracks for more experienced skiers. In 2004 the resort hosted the first ever Ladies World Cup event in Finland, followed by the Men's World Cup in Winter 2006-7.
The ski school have over 80 instructors, most of whom speak English and lessons are available in alpine, cross-country, snowboarding and telemarking.
Pistes are well maintained and snow cannons ensure that snow is always in plentiful supply. Due to the low temperatures, powder snow tends to stay light and last much longer than resorts further south. Levi fulfills international FIS and World Cup standards.
Snowboarding in Levi
Most of the slopes are best suited to the intermediate riders and carvers will especially enjoy the well groomed pistes. The upper slopes are treeless but lower down off-piste riders will find tree runs and undulating terrain.
The resort has a terrain park and two half pipes, one of which is a 500m natural one with steep walls and good drops, its located below run 13. The snowpark contains jumps, rails, boxes and many more hits. It ever has its own website at www.snowpark.fi
The best powder faces are usually off Lifts 5 and 7 and powder tends to stay light longer here because of the low temperatures. Steepest slopes are the north-facing ones between Lifts 5 and 6.
Levi Aprés Ski
Apres ski kicks off at the slopeside Vinkkari and the Tuikku restaurant where Finnish pop hits begin to blare out from 2 to 3pm
The Hotel Hullu Poro (Crazy Reindeer) combines authentic Lapland atmosphere with excellent Lapp cuisine and plenty of fun. The Hullu Poro bar is a popular meeting place after skiing and there are the restaurants - the Kammi, a traditional Lapp restaurant complete with reindeer skins where all the food is prepared on an open fire. For Lapland delicacies try the rustic wood-furnished a la carte restaurant at the Crazy Reindeer. Meals are made from fresh Lapp ingredients and dishes include birch bud salmon soup, reindeer steak and cloudberry parfait.
For an evening of dance, the Hotel Levitunturi has the biggest dance floor in Lapland which has live music nightly year round. If you would like to spend an unforgettable evening under the Northern Lights then visit the Tuikku restaurant on the peak of Levitunturi. The Hotel Levitunturi hase their own nightclubs where you can dance until the early hours.
The Joiku karaoke bar and Seita night clubs are open weekends and there's live music from two bandas nightly through the peak March - April season.
The Hotel Kittilä have traditional Finnish dance music two to three nights a week and traditional ladies' choice dances on a Tuesday.
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