As a start he sent us some of the amazing shots he took last year during his trip to Levi, Finland.
Levi in the north of Finland operates the country’s largest ski area. Although that’s still not vast compared to the big regions in the Alps, the large number of lifts per piste kilometre – most of them drags – means that queues are rare.
However most guests only spend part of their winter sports holidays on the slopes here anyway, as other part and full day activities such as reindeer safaris, dog sledding and snowmobiling are all very popular.
Levi is quite a large ski resort with first class hotels, restaurants and shops. The resort’s northerly latitude, within the Arctic Circle, means the snow cover is more-or-less guaranteed from October to May; there’s an extensive snowmaking system in place in case Mother Nature fails to deliver to order.
The Arctic Circle location of course means it can sometimes be very cold in winter, so good thermal cover for every bit of your body is important here, and there are plenty of snug cafes to head to if you get too cold. You also have a very good chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Lift opening hours can extend with the rapid increase of daylight hours through the winter and in to spring, but generally all lifts open at 10am, with the majority open until 5pm. Lifts 2 and 3, the Levi North and Levi Express lifts are open until 8pm however, with lifts 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14 open until between 6 and 7pm. Many of the ski runs are floodlit, useful after the short daylight hours of midwinter.
The Eturinteet sector (Front pistes) in the heart of Levi Center contains the resort’s super pipe, halfpipe and boxes. The gondola area in the Eturinteet sector (the south pistes) is floodlit and also has a snow park and banked slalom track. Throughout the resort there are excellent carving pistes with powder in between but, other than the gondola, most lifts are T bars.