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Iso-Syöte Ski Resort Guide

Iso-Syöte, Finland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall!
Highest Lift431m1,414ft
Resort Height238m781ft
 Nearest AirportsKuuasamo and Rovaniemi
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A forested landscape surround the ski runs on Isö-Syöte, formerly two resorts but officially merged in 1994 to make one of Finland's biggest, as well as most southerly ski centres.. There is no real resort but log cabins are a popular and cosy form of local accommodation. Average snow depth in April is 62cm, with 17 hours of daylight in which to enjoy it.


The Finnish ski resort of Iso-Syöte is at an altitude of 238m781ft.

Iso-Syöte has direct access to 9 marked pistes, served by a total of 12 ski lifts.

Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Iso-Syöte?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm1in, expected on 30 November, with around 10cm4in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Iso-Syöte Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Cross Country
Total Length
100km62 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Iso-Syöte Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift431m1,414ft
Lowest Piste238m781ft
Resort Altitude (Iso-Syöte)238m781ft
Max Vertical193m633ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Iso-Syöte
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Iso-Syöte Overview

Iso-Syöte is located approximately 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of the Arctic Circle, is Finland's southernmost fell region. The forested landscape that surround the ski slopes is blessed with Finland's highest natural snowfall receiving on average more than three metres (ten feet) of snow annually. Average snow depth by April is 62cm, with 17 hours of daylight in which to enjoy it.

The ski runs on Isö-Syöte, are divided in to two separate areas. These were separate resorts until officially merging in 1994 to make one of Finland's biggest, as well as most southerly, ski centres. There is no real resort but log cabins are a popular and cosy form of local accommodation and there are several good hotels.

As with all the ski areas in Lapland, downhill skiing is just a part of a whole range of winter adventure sports and activities.


Iso-Syöte's two ski areas on Syotekeskus (386m) and the slightly larger centre on Iso-Syöte Fell itself (432m). Together the two unlinked areas offer more than 20 slopes and about 20km of runs between them, the longest run 1.2km long, all served by T Bar drag lifts.

Although the terrain is best suited to beginners and intermediates with straight smooth runs cut through the trees from top to bottom, more advanced skiers will enjoy the opportunities in the powder fields through the trees. The area's new speciality is the Freeride area on Slope 15 on Iso-Syöte Fell, which offers a challenge to even the experienced skier.

The slopes are illuminated for skiing in the evening.

A ski bus travels back and forth between the fells but be aware that it runs only at weekends and peak holiday periods like New Year's and during the ski vacation period beginning in February. The one-way fare is one euro.

There are over 120km of cross country trails and the area is a past host of the Finnish National Championships. The world's longest ski trekj, the Border to Border' Trek, crosses the area. Most of the trails are easy however and there's a 'warm' run at 400m (a high altitude in the area) that's illuminated for night skiing.

Iso-Syöte offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


For snowboarders the resort has created two Snowboard streets complete with rails, boxes and more at each of the bases with a number of terrain features to bounce off and get some air. There's are two half pipes or quarter pipes at each centre, on Iso-Syöte Fell one of these is a larger super pipe. There are also some good free ride opportunities through the trees and off piste.

The constant sub zero temperatures that are the norm through the winter here stop the snow from melting and keep it light and powdery for weeks, sometimes months on end.

Location and Map

Where is Iso-Syöte?

This ski resort is in Pudasjärvi, Oulunkaari, Finland.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Iso-Syöte is Kuuasamo, 99 minutes drive away.

Rovaniemi airport is also within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 12 ski lifts are able to uplift 7,700 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Iso-Syöte open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Iso-Syöte, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Aprés Ski

Apres ski is centred on the scattered selection of hotels around the resort. Some offer live performances and dancing at the weekend. The Iso-Syöte Hotel itself has a bar and lounge as well as a games room or you can take a dip in the pool or hit the sauna. The lounge is used for dancing and live music is offered between two and five days a week according to the season. There's also live music at the Hotel Syötekeskus.