One of the lagest ski area in Finland, complete with two gondola lifts, with all hotels and slopes linked by a free bus service. The resort has a sports centre and a spa with jacuzzi, pool saunas and steam room. 28km of the cross-country trails are illuminated. Lifts operate from 10am to 8pm and include the only gondola in Finland. There are 886km of snowmobiling trails in the area. Visits are arranged to Santa Land in Rovaniemi and there are trips to see the Northern Lights.
Four times chosen as Finland's top ski centre, Levi's success is due to more than just slopes and tracks. A key element has been the friendly and personal service for which Levi has become well known. The season in the north is the longest in the country, spanning from October to May. There are nearly 50 slopes and more than 25 lifts with an uplift capacity of more than 27,000 people per hour so queues are kept to a minimum. Levi has seven mountain restaurants including the Tuikku, a panoramic restaurant at the top of the mountain. With 230km of cross-country tracks, 28km of which are illuminated for night skiing, Levi has one of the best network of cross-country trails in the country. The majority of trails are for intermediates but there are beginner trails and more challenging tracks for more experienced skiers. In 2004 the resort hosted the first ever Ladies World Cup event in Finland, followed by the Men's World Cup in Winter 2006-7. The ski school have over 80 instructors, most of whom speak English and lessons are available in alpine, cross-country, snowboarding and telemarking. Pistes are well maintained and snow cannons ensure that snow is always in plentiful supply. Due to the low temperatures, powder snow tends to stay light and last much longer than resorts further south. Levi fulfills international FIS and World Cup standards.
The ski school run a comprehensive programme including slalom courses for children aged four to six and one for older kids from 7 to 12 years. There are also snowboarding courses for youngsters. Private or group lessons can be reserved daily for all skier levels. Children under seven years old with a helmet can ski free with parents and there are 10 ticket-free rope handle and Poma drag lifts specially designed for kids. The Kid's Land childrens' skiing centre provides a safe on-snow environment for children up to six years while non-skiing children can register at the Tenavatokka crèche which is on the left hand side of the slope. The Hotel Levitunturi has a special childrens play house with a choice of slides, ball pools and two bouncy castles. In addition there's a special daily programme every day in Kid's land. You may also borrow sledges, bobsleighs and junior snowboards for children to use. There is also warm juice available besides a warm campfire in the Lapp Kota. There's a familiy ski rental centre at Lift 8.
The Hotel Hullu Poro (Crazy Reindeer) combines authentic Lapland atmosphere with excellent Lapp cuisine and plenty of fun. Popular as an after-ski meeting place the Hullu Poro has 2 restaurants - the Kammi, a traditional Lapp restaurant complete with reindeer skins where all the food is prepared on an open fire, and the rustic wood-finished a la carte restaurant, Valkea Vaadin. Meals are made from fresh Lapp ingredients and dishes include birch bud salmon soup, reindeer steak and cloudberry parfait. Dining and dancing go very much hand in hand in Finland, tango seems to be especially popular. The Hotel Levintunturi's restaurant also has the biggest dance floor in Lapland and tends to get quite lively late in the evening. For an unforgettable dining experience the Tuikku restaurant on the peak of Levitunturi has panoramic views and is the best way to see the Northern Lights. Be it fine dining or a homey family restaurant, the menus always include seasonal delicacies as well as traditional courses. Original Laplander specialities are definately worth a taste: try reindeer, game, fish and berries in different forms.
Apres ski kicks off at the slopeside Vinkkari and the Tuikku restaurant where Finnish pop hits begin to blare out from 2 to 3pm The Hotel Hullu Poro (Crazy Reindeer) combines authentic Lapland atmosphere with excellent Lapp cuisine and plenty of fun. The Hullu Poro bar is a popular meeting place after skiing and there are the restaurants - the Kammi, a traditional Lapp restaurant complete with reindeer skins where all the food is prepared on an open fire. For Lapland delicacies try the rustic wood-furnished a la carte restaurant at the Crazy Reindeer. Meals are made from fresh Lapp ingredients and dishes include birch bud salmon soup, reindeer steak and cloudberry parfait. For an evening of dance, the Hotel Levitunturi has the biggest dance floor in Lapland which has live music nightly year round. If you would like to spend an unforgettable evening under the Northern Lights then visit the Tuikku restaurant on the peak of Levitunturi. The Hotel Levitunturi hase their own nightclubs where you can dance until the early hours. The Joiku karaoke bar and Seita night clubs are open weekends and there's live music from two bandas nightly through the peak March - April season. The Hotel Kittilä have traditional Finnish dance music two to three nights a week and traditional ladies' choice dances on a Tuesday.
Most of the slopes are best suited to the intermediate riders and carvers will especially enjoy the well groomed pistes. The upper slopes are treeless but lower down off-piste riders will find tree runs and undulating terrain. The resort has a terrain park and two half pipes, one of which is a 500m natural one with steep walls and good drops, its located below run 13. The snowpark contains jumps, rails, boxes and many more hits. It ever has its own website at www.snowpark.fi The best powder faces are usually off Lifts 5 and 7 and powder tends to stay light longer here because of the low temperatures. Steepest slopes are the north-facing ones between Lifts 5 and 6.