Pallas is located in the sub arctic region of northern Finland. It lies at an altitude of four hundred and seventy metres with the highest skiing at a little over eight hundred metres. It is a very small resort in the Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in Lapland that is particularly popular with cross country skiers although there are downhill green, blue and red runs. It therefore has little for the advanced skier or the confident intermediate skier. A small number of lifts give access to the nine slopes. The landscape is a wilderness of frozen lakes, forests and fells that offer a tranquillity seldom seen in ski resorts. The one hotel has a very homely atmosphere and the restaurant serves mainly traditional fare.
A Pallas ski holiday offers a unique experience where you can enjoy the stillness of nature in stunning surroundings while skiing on almost deserted slopes.
Why Go To Pallas?
A Pallas ski holiday offers snow sure days in an area close to the Arctic Circle. It is a small relaxed resort with long trails for cross country skiers. It has a few pistes mainly suitable for novice and intermediate skiers.
Who Is Pallas Popular With?
A Pallas ski holiday is popular with those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of twenty first century living and enjoy nature at its best. It particularly attracts cross country skiers who enjoy long trails through the wooded fells and across frozen lakes.
When To Go To Pallas
Pallas has a long ski season promising good snow cover which lasts from November until the end of April.
Pallas - The Place
Pallas is a tiny ski resort in the Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. It lies in a stunning landscape with fells, lakes and forests and provides a rare chance of experiencing unspoilt nature that has been virtually untouched by humankind. There are a small number of green and blue runs and only one red run so Pallas has little to offer advanced downhill skiers. Pallas instead provides kilometre after kilometre of cross country trails winding their way through a crisp, almost silent landscape. There are nine runs in total that are serviced by two lifts, with the highest lifts going to a little over eight hundred metres. Since days are very short in this sub arctic region, there is one illuminated slope. The longest run is two point five kilometres long.
Pallas is a peaceful resort set amid beautiful scenery where evenings are spent around wood-burning fires enjoying a drink with family and friends. Après ski is fairly unique in Pallas as it includes taking a sauna after jumping into the icy holes at the edge of the Vatikuru Lake. This activity is not for the faint hearted. Sunrise and sunset are superb and there is also the possibility of seeing the spectacular display of the Northern lights.
Resorts in Northern Finland are very cold in January and February, much colder than Alpine resorts, and adequate clothing is essential.
Pallas nightlife is extremely low key with holidaymakers relaxing over a drink and a pleasant meal or sitting round a roaring fire chatting or reading in the library.
Pallas ski resort is actually only one hotel built in the National Park so shopping is extremely limited. There is of course a ski hire shop attached to the hotel.
Pallas has one hotel restaurant serving mainly traditional food using local ingredients. Expect therefore to find reindeer on the menu. A range of international food is also available.