Review of the Finnish Ski Resort: Yllas

The Ski area of Yllas consists of seven fells and two traditional Lappish villages, Akaslompolo and Yllasjarvi. Akaslompolo is on the Northern side and Yllasjarvi  is on the southern side.
Yllas fell is one of the highest fells in Lapland and offers some great skiing.
The skiing itself has a tradition dating back to the 1930’s, well before there was a proper road.

Yllas is home to the longest runs in Finland, there are 62 slopes and 30 lifts including the new gondola lift.

Lift sign on the Yllas slopes

Yllas is also proud to have the largest snowpark areas, super-G slopes, off piste slopes and the longest runs in Finland.  There are also some great opportunities for snowboarders and telemark skiers with lots of opportunities for off track skiers with several areas of untouched snow. Yllas is also a place for beginners and those wanting to improve their skiing, with two ski schools.

View of the ski slope of Yllas

Cross country skiing is also a great activity to become involved in and with over 330km cross country ski trails, you will certainly have plenty to choose from. Cross country skiing is a great alternative to downhill skiing and equipment can be hired for a small fee.
The tracks are open until quite late into the evening and it is an aged old tradition to cross country ski under the stars on Christmas Eve.
Some of the cross country ski tracks go right into the heart of Yllas National park and other tracks are shorter in duration. The tracks are ideal for experienced skiers, beginners and children and it is easy to plan longer and shorter duration trips.  It is quite an opportunity to cross country ski across the vast frozen lakes stopping off on the way for a drink or two on the way.
Cross country skiing is a great alternative to downhill skiing but can be enjoyed in addition to downhill skiing and is great for the children too.

About the Author: Claire Warrington writes articles on Lapland and spends a lot of time there in both the winter and summer months. For more information on Lapland and the area of Yllas, please visit: Just Lapland

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Robert Stewart

Ski Editor at Snow.Guide

Rob has extensive knowledge and experience of winter sports and has been qualified to instruct and teach Alpine Skiing for over 25 years. He is also an experienced off-piste and backcountry skier and has competed in freestyle and freeride events around the world. Now a full-time ski writer and Director of Ski Press, Rob is Snow.Guide’s Ski Editor and contributes to many other snowsports, national and lifestyle publications.

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