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Ylläs Ski Resort

Ylläs Resort Guide

Ylläs, Finland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ylläs Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift718m2,356ft
Resort Height255m837ft
 Nearest AirportKittilä
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Ylläs at a glance

Pronounced 'U-las', this is the largest downhill and cross-country ski centre in Finland with the greatest uplift per hour. The resort also boasts the country's greatest vertical, most runs and longest run ( 3km ). Many of the higher slopes are above the tree-line, which is unusual for Finnish skiing. The slopes are 4km from the resort, although you can nearly ski all the way back and in any case there is a free ski bus link. The sun does not rise in winter until late January, when temperatures can be as low as -15ºC although there is adequate daylight, Children get free rental equipment and lift tickets so long as they wear a helmet when skiing.

 When will it snow in Ylläs?

The next notable snow forecast for Ylläs is 3cm1in, expected on 24 November, with around 4cm2in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ylläs Facts, Stats and Ratings

Ylläs Rated

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

How High is Ylläs?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Ylläs
Highest Lift718m2,356ft
Lowest Piste255m837ft
Resort Altitude (Ylläs)255m837ft
Max Vertical463m1,519ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Ylläs Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Ylläs
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 6 
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
24
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
27
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 6 
Cross Country
Total Length
320km199 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
19
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Ylläs Summary

The Finnish Ski Resort of Ylläs has direct access to 37 marked pistes, served by a total of 19 ski lifts.

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

Ylläs Overview

Pronounced 'U-las', this is the largest downhill and cross-country ski centre in Finland with the greatest uplift per hour. The resort also boasts the country's greatest vertical, most runs and the longest run at three kilometres (two miles). Many of the higher slopes are above the tree-line, unusual for Finnish skiing, because at 718m Ylläs is one of the highest fells in Lapland. The slopes are four kilometres (two and a half miles) from the resort, although you can nearly ski all the way back and in any case there is a free ski bus link.

Beyond these impressive statistics are the stunning natural beauty and magical atmosphere of the surroundings in Finnish Lapland. The area is famous for its 'blue light' in the daytime and northern lights at night.

Ylläs consists of seven fells and two original Sámi villages. Äkäslompolo village is located on the northern side of the the Ylläs fell and Ylläsjärvi village on the southern side. Äkäslompolo has a skiing tradition dating back to 1930's. The first ski fans were making their way there even before the area was served by a road.

In Ylläs you can feel the original Lappish atmosphere: in most hotels and cafés you are served by a second or third generation of families.

The ski season begins in October and lasts until May. The sun does not rise in winter until late January, when temperatures can be as low as -40ºC although there is adequate daylight. However when cold, it's normally a dry cold which is comfortable for periods so long as adequate thermal skiwear is worn. By March the days are longer than in the Alps and in May the slopes are still open when most northern hemisphere ski areas are closed and daylight is approaching 24 hours.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Ylläs is 3km2 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'World Cup'.

Skiing in Ylläs

Ylläs has a good range of runs, three quarters of them fast, easy cruisers. In addition there are eight average and four difficult slopes including world cup and super G slopes.

Beginners are especially well catered for with ideal terrain, good teachers and reasonable prices to cushion the shock of the cost of the expensive activity of skiing.

Intermediates have the whole fell to themselves, for experts the terrain is more limited but off piste powder can be good, especially as the temperature tends to remain at a constant below zero for longer period so the thaw-freeze-thaw action common in the Alps is lessened and powder stays powder longer here..

Floodlighting on twelve slopes provides night skiing and illumination in the daytime when natural light is short.

Ylläs has two ski schools, one in both villages. The ski schools teach slalom, telemark skiing and provide off piste guiding.

Other ski resorts are located quite nearby so that day trips from Ylläs to Olos, Pallas and Levi can be made easily.

Ylläs is a cross country skier's oasis. A total of 320km of mechanically prepared trails are available and 38km of these are illuminated. The trails are arranged so that the route can be changed as desired half-way through, giving countless alternatives in the beautiful scenery. Trails include are so-called warm tracks where it might be as much as 15 degrees warmer than down in the village.

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

Snowboarding in Ylläs

Ylläs has two international standard half pipes located on both sides of the fell. There are also off-piste powder slopes for freeriders and a rare boarder cross course.

The ski school teaches snowboarding and can guide you to the best powder stashes and natural hits.

When is Ylläs open?

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

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

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

Snow Making

Ylläs is able to make snow, on 8km5 miles of ski runs, with 7 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 19 ski lifts of Ylläs are able to uplift 22,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Ylläs?

Ylläs is in Kolari, Tunturi-Lappi, Finland.

How can I get to Ylläs?

 By Air

The nearest airport to Ylläs is Kittilä which is 48 minutes drive away.

Off the Mountain

Ylläs Aprés Ski

Ylläs does not really have a centre but various venues dotted around the various villages. One of the more popular is Julli's Bar and Restaurant, named after a comic hero from a local newspaper. It often has live music in the high season. Kaivohuone is another centre for live music and dancing in the evenings.

The largest venue in the resort is the Akäs Hotel which has a large dance floor, bar and night club.

A unique attraction is a winter swim in an ice hole cut in a frozen river, hopefully under the northern lights. Take a snowmobile safari trip to a warm sauna, before you take your dip.

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