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Pyhä

Pyhä Ski Resort Guide

Pyhä, Finland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length36km22 miles
Highest Lift494m1,621ft
Resort Height214m702ft
 Nearest AirportsRovaniemi and Kittilä
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Pyhä

With the fourth biggest vertical in Finland, the Pyha complex is located right on the slopes in thick woodland. Skiing for all abilities on trails up to 1.8km (1.1 mile) long and a reputation for some tough skiing on slopes like the FIS registered 'Polar' and the Huttu-Ukko mogul slope. The resort was purchased in 1987 by the owners of Ruka and has doubled its skier visit number since then. There's a Nature Ski Trail through the local National Park

Summary

The Finnish ski resort of Pyhä is at an altitude of 214m702ft, with 36km22 miles of marked runs.

Pyhä is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Finland and has direct access to 36km22 miles of downhill skiing, with 10 marked pistes, served by a total of 7 ski lifts.

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

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Pyhä?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm1in, expected on 23 November, with around 13cm5in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Pyhä Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 1 1km1 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 5 
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 5 
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 3 
Downhill
Total Length
36km22 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
80km50 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
7

Altitudes

Pyhä Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift494m1,621ft
Lowest Piste214m702ft
Resort Altitude (Pyhä)214m702ft
Max Vertical280m919ft

Ratings & Suitability

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Pyhä Overview

With the fourth biggest vertical in Finland, the Pyhä complex is located right on the slopes in thick woodland and dominated by the all encompassing Hotel Pyhätunturi.

Pyhä (pronounced poo-ha and meaning 'Holy Hill' in Finnish) is located on the edge of the Arctic Circle and within the Pyhätunturi National Park, a wilderness area of dramatic scenery encompassing frozen lazes, silent snow covered forests and rolling fells. If you're lucky you'll see the incredible northern lights during your visit.

The resort was purchased in 1987 by the owners of another top Finnish resort, Ruka and has more than doubled its skier visit number since then. Given its northerly latitude the snow record is good and the resort has invested heavily in artificial snowmaking facilities. Pyhä is twinned with Jackson Hole in the USA.

In common with other Finnish ski areas, lift pass tickets are cheaper than the Alpine norm, there are plenty of other activities besides skiing and boarding and it can be a tad cold and dark in mid-winter - but Pyhä is geared up for that and it just adds to excitement and romance of the place.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Huttu - Ukko Moguls', which is 1km1 miles in length.

Skiing

Although the 12km (eight miles) of trails here may be rather limited for some, there is skiing for all abilities here on trails which are up to 1.8km (1.1 mile) in length. Pyhä has a reputation for some of the toughest skiing in Finland on slopes like the Huttu-Ukko, a mogul slope which is also Finland's steepest and has been a venue for the Freestyle Skiing World Championships.

The Northern slopes, which are the most recent addition to the ski area, provide those with less experience in downhill skiing with an opportunity to relax and enjoy themselves. These wide slopes are accessed by chairlift up to the treeline, with a t bar continuing on to the top. There are also special family slopes easily accessed from the hotel, although served by a T bar lift - common in Finland but not always easy to ride for an inexperienced and unbalanced parent and child.

Between these two extremes there are several intermediate trails including Polar, an FIS-classified slope known as one of the best in Finland. Unusually for any international standard ski resort, there are more runs graded tough and graded easy than there are of intermediate level.

Lifts are open every day between 9.30am and 5pm. all season, however if you visit in low season you may not find all running unless there is what the ski area management determine adequate demand to justify it. For night skiing the lifts are open until 7pm.

A joint lift ticket with the nearby resort of Ruka is available.

Pyhä has 150km of cross country tracks, connected to nearby Luosto, and with some of the trails floodlit. A 12km long route around the ski area and through the National Park is particularly rewarding for its scenic beauty, but should not be attempotred by novices as because of the National Park, the track cannot be groomed, which makes it even more interesting and challenging for experienced cross-country skiers.

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

Snowboarding

As with for skiers, the pisted facilities for boarders are limited; but again as for skiers; the tougher terrain is more exciting that at most ski areas of this scale and for beginners its a good place to learn, with a good school and unintimidating atmosphere.

When the powder on each side of the T bar on the north slope is good, it's very good.

The Pyhä Fun Park can be considered one of the best parks in Finland, which is not a surprise after all the hard work and effort put into it. The park is groomed daily and there are several new obstacles for all skill levels.

Pyhä Fun Park is located between the Polar and Blue Slopes Accessed by the triple chair and Polar T Bar. It has three different sections incorporating a big box, camel hump line and tabletop. The big box landing area is about 30 meters long and 25 meters wide. It has two entry points and with a bit of shaping the resort creates a 20 metre box. The Lower box also has two entry points with a flat section of 6-10 meters - a perfect place for trying out new tricks. The park is fully illuminated for night riding by skiers and boarders and also has a selection of rails. There’s an additional Junior Snow Park in the Family Slope area before trying out the big Park.

Location and Map

Where is Pyhä?

This ski resort is in Pargas, Åboland-Turunmaa, Finland.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Pyhä is Rovaniemi, 87 minutes drive away.

Kittilä, Helsinki, Ivalo and Kuuasamo airports are all within three hours drive.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The seven ski lifts are able to uplift 8,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 10 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Pyhä open?

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

 Open.

Usual opening is early November, and usual closing is Early May.

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 Pyhä, 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.

Visit the Pyhä Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

The Carlsberg House right by the Polar slope is the official after ski bar open daily. Good drinks and good music can be enjoyed there after a fun day of skiing. The Hotel Pyha’s après ski bar, SkiBistro, is another option for after ski when the lifts close and often has live music.

Pyha operates a bar and second floor lounge where everything from hot chocolate to Irish coffee or hot whisky are on offer.

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