Ylläs Ski Resort

The Finnish resort of Ylläs is home to the country’s largest ski area and 55km of snowsure pistes, as well as a huge variety of winter activities away from the ski slopes.

The network of pistes at Ylläs is unrivalled in Finland, both in times of variety and vertical drop. The latter may only be 463m, but in the context of Lapland this is big and it means the runs here are longer and more rewarding than at the country’s other ski areas. Most are rated blue and red, but there are also two fantastic beginner areas at both of the resort’s bases, as well as some challenging slopes further up.

Away from the pistes and the range of winter activities is particularly impressive – for example there is an incredible 330km of marked cross country trails within reach of the resort. Ylläs is also very easy to get to via Kittilä airport, located less than an hour to the north.

Our Ylläs Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Après ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Unique ski experience in the winter wonderland of Lapland

Limitless options for off slope activities

Very good network of pistes and great variety for the region

Cons

Limited challenges away from terrain parks for advanced skiers and riders

Can be dark and bitterly cold in the middle of winter

Most accommodation a bus ride or a short drive away from town

Ylläs Skiing and Snowboarding

The slopes are located on the northern and southern flanks of the 718m summit. On the northern side, the runs are slightly shorter and the principal lifts are draglifts. This is due to change in 2019/2020 when a new chairlift and gondola are planned to significantly improve access to the slopes of Ylläs. A good beginner is located at the base, with nice progression to longer blues possible, whilst there is also a big terrain park for freestyle skiers and boarders.

On the south side, the famous Ylläs gondola (it has a sauna cabin for hire should you wish to have a completely unique après ski experience) gives access to every run on that side of the hill . Our top pick would be the long red down from the summit to the base of the Lansiraja t-bar.

  • Total Pistes: 55km
  • Green: 5%
  • Blue: 33%
  • Red: 28%
  • Black: 6%
  • Lifts: 26
  • Altitude: 200m – 718m

Ylläs Resort

There are now three bases to choose from as the new Sport Resort Ylläs takes shape at the foot of the gondola. Most people still stay however in the small towns of Ylläsjärvi to the south or Äkäslompolo to the north. Both of these are home to family friendly hotels as well as many scenic cabins located in the woods, but note that if you’re staying in the latter it may be worth renting a car to make shopping and getting to the slopes easier.

Off the slopes, Ylläs is home to a plethora of winter activities. Cross country skiing or snowmobiling over the numerous frozen lakes in the region is extremely popular and you can even try your hand at ice fishing. Tours to view the northern lights and reindeer are very popular, as are trips to visit Santa around Christmas time.

How to get to Ylläs

Direct flights are available to Kittilä from which it is only an hour long transfer to Ylläs.

  • Kittilä airport: 1 hour

Ylläs Contact Details

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