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.
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.
Lapland is a magical destination for children. Apart from visiting Santa's home the chance of as reindeer safari or dog sleigh ride are very special family adventures indeed. There is a kindergarten for children aged from birth to eleven years old. On the slopes 'Kids Land' a snow play area with its own lift is free for children with their parents or provided supervised at the same rate as the kindergarten. Children aged under seven get free rental equipment and lift tickets so long as they wear a helmet when skiing. Children's ski school classes are available from age five to twelve. Ylläs ticket pricing options include a parent ticket (one day validity only) which can be inter-changed between parents during the day.
Lappish cuisine tends to involve a lot of reindeer, salmon and potatoes. Linden berries and cloud berries are also sed a goo deal in desserts. The result is delicious. Lappish Nights offered in a traditional Kota are well worth a try, with reindeer meat and traditional Finnish folk music. For more contemporary themes on traditional ingredients Restaurant Yllaken Kaivohuone in Akaslompolo village serves everything from meat and game such as willow ptarmigan and arctic char to vegetarian specialities. Likewise the Poro restaurant in the Lapp Village is proud to serve unusual cuisine created, for example, from reindeer blood and liver. The restaurant has been stylishly decorated to create a stunning effect and has excellent service. For more international food including pizza and gourmet burgers try Julli's Restaurant. On the slopes make sure you visit Finland's highest restaurant, Yllaskammi 718, at the top of the highest fell.
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.
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.