Levi, located in Lapland one hundred and seventy kilometres inside the Arctic Circle, is one of Finland’s most popular ski resorts. It is a snow-sure resort that enjoys a long season from early November until May. The coldest months are January and February when temperatures range from minus twelve to minus forty, much colder than European Alpine resorts. Good quality clothing is essential. Levi lies at an altitude of two hundred metres with the highest skiing at five hundred and thirty metres. There are forty kilometres of pisted runs, over two hundred kilometres of cross country trails and a snow park and there is good off-piste skiing with guides. Ski schools offer tuition in skiing and boarding from the age of five. There are also childcare facilities. Accommodation is provided by first rate hotel, apartments and chalets. Levi has a good number of restaurants in the village as well as bars and shops, and it offers a range of recreational activities.
Why Go To Levi?
A Levi ski holiday offers snow sure days within the wilderness of the Arctic Circle. It is a friendly resort with slopes to suit all levels of ability. The slopes are never overcrowded
Who Is Levi Popular With?
A Levi ski holiday is popular with a wide range of skiers, including families, as the slopes accommodate all levels of ability from novices to experts. Cross country skiers have a large number of trails and the terrain is ideal for boarders.
When To Go To Levi
Levi has one of the longest ski seasons in Europe. Although its altitude is low, its latitude is high and skiers can enjoy the slopes from October until well into May.
Levi - The Place
Levi, lying within the Arctic Circle, a short distance from Kittila Airport, is probably the most popular ski resort in Finland. It has a long snow-sure season and provides skiing and boarding for all ability levels. Although advanced skiers have limited demanding pistes there are guides to take them to more challenging terrain. Intermediate skiers have the greatest choice of pistes with a large number of blue and red runs. Novices have many gentle slopes where they can gain confidence before graduating to blue runs. Since daylight is short in the Arctic Circle, there are forty-five illuminated runs. Snowboarders can enjoy the wide open pistes and the snow park. Levi has hosted world cup boarding events which speak for itself. Facilities for children are very good with Kids Land for the youngest skiers where a variety of activities are organised. Free buses take skiers to the lifts which access the slopes. There are twenty five lifts in total including a gondola. Expert tuition is available and there is childcare provision for babies and children up to eleven years.
Levi has a good range of accommodation including hotels, apartments and chalets. Since the resort is fairly compact most facilities are on hand. If however your hotel is on the other side of the fell you will need a take a taxi or a snow mobile. Levi’s shops supply all your holiday needs and its restaurants and bars provide relaxing venues for evening entertainment.
Levi offers a variety of recreational activities including husky and reindeer safaris, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and ice karting. You may be lucky and see the fabulous natural display of the Northern Lights. Even if you don't see them the sun rise and sun sets are glorious. Visits can also be arranged to the Ice Hotel and if the time is right children may receive a visit from Santa. Remember that early in the year the temperatures sink to very low levels and adequate clothing is essential.
Since daylight hours are short in the Arctic Circle, Levi’s après ski scene begins mid afternoon, usually at the slope side restaurants. There are bars with live music and karaoke as well as a couple of nightclubs in the larger hotels where you can dance until the early hours of the morning.
Since Levi is a genuine Lap village and not a purpose built resort, it has a range of delightful shops supplying all your holiday needs. It is not unusual to see intricate ice sculptures at the shop doorways.
Levi has a good number of eateries including nine mountain restaurants. Much of the food is prepared using traditional ingredients and methods, so expect to find reindeer on the menu. There are of course plenty of opportunities for sampling international cuisine.