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Levi Ski Resort

Levi Resort Guide

Levi, Finland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Levi Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift531m1,742ft
Resort Height200m656ft
 Nearest AirportKittilä
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Levi at a glance

One of the lagest 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.

 When will it snow in Levi?

The next notable snow forecast for Levi is 2cm1in, expected on 24 October, with around 6cm2in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Levi Facts, Stats and Ratings

Levi Rated

Ratings for Levi
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Levi?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Levi
Highest Lift531m1,742ft
Lowest Piste200m656ft
Resort Altitude (Levi)200m656ft
Max Vertical331m1,086ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Levi Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Levi
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 3 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
22
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
19
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 1 
Cross Country
Total Length
230km143 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
27
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Levi Summary

The Finnish Ski Resort of Levi has direct access to 44 marked pistes, served by a total of 27 ski lifts.

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

Levi Overview

Established in 1964, Levi is Finland's fastest growing ski area with the only two gondola lifts in the country. The 530m/1740ft Levitunturi ('tunturi' is Finnish for fell - a kind of mountain) is situated 170km/106miles north of the Arctic Circle in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Around midsummer the sun does not set and you can experience the nightless night, while in midwinter the sun does not rise for 2 months and there is a period of kaamos or polar night.

Popular as a family resort, Levi is situated in the district of Kittilä which has a bigger surface area than Belgium and populated by around 6,000 people and 30,000 reindeer. Kittilä, a 15 minute drive from Levi, is a traditional Lapp village which has managed to combine modern with historic. Its worth visiting the museums here to learn more about the indigenous Sami culture. Geographically, Kittilä is in the centre of the fells district of Western Lapland and has 3 other major skiing centres nearby - Ylläs, Pallas and Olos. The capital of Rovaniemi 170km/106 miles, the nearest large town is famous for being Santa Claus's official home with Santa Claus Land a year round visitor destination.

Autumn is known as the Ruska, or rainbow season and as early as October the summits of Levitunturi are clad with snow blown in from the Atlantic, this is when the blue twilight of the polar night closes in, the midday dark of winter when daylight hours shorten. January is the coldest month with an average daytime temperature of -15C in the north but the climate is very dry so it usually feels warmer than it actually is. Even during mild winters Finland usually has a plentiful supply of snow because of east wind currents from Russia.

The Finns are a very adaptable people and even in a winter rich with snow everything works as it should. The transport system functions in all weather conditions. The roads are always cleared and gritted, even in the middle of the night if need be. Railways operate to schedule, as does their national airline, Finnair, which serves one of the densest domestic networks in the world.

The skiing season is a long one in Northern Finland beginning in October and lasting until at least mid-May while East and Central Finland's first snow usually arrives in December. High season commences in early February and during March and April the long days allow 16 hours of skiing under brilliant sun - night skiing is possible at this time without any artificial light. Snow conditions and hours of sunshine make it most favourable to ski in South Finland in February, Central Finland in March and North Finland in April. However, even in the pre-season when the days are shortest it is still possible to ski for at least five hours by daylight.

Cross-country skiing originated in Finland and is one of the country's favourite sports. Levi has 230km of cross-country trails, 28km of which are illuminated. Lengths of trails vary and on the longer ones you can make your own meals on an open fire or stay overnight in log cabins or wilderness huts.

By far the fastest means of transportation in the fells is the snowmobile and Levi has over 886km of Finland's best snowmobile tracks including a track to the top of Levi fell. Between 6 and 8m wide, tracks include warning/information signs and resting huts. There are approximately 1,000 snowmobiles in the area, 300 of which are available for rental and 700 privately owned. Kittilä has 3 snowmobile shops and repair garages.

Many people visit for another reason - the hills of northern Lapland attract professional gold prospectors and this area is well known as gold country. Precious and semi-precious stones can also be found in the mountain streams.

On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'Levi Black / G2'.

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.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

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.

When is Levi open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Levi.

 Open.

Usual opening is late October, and usual closing is Mid May.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Levi.

Snow Making

Levi is able to make snow, with 142 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 27 ski lifts of Levi are able to uplift 27,900 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Levi?

Levi is in Kittilä, Tunturi-Lappi, Finland.

How can I get to Levi?

 By Air

The nearest airport to Levi is Kittilä which is 16 minutes drive away.

Levi Webcams

The Webcams in Levi are not always up-to-date. Please check the date on the image to ensure you are seeing current snow conditions.

Off the Mountain

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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