Visitor reviews for Levi Ski Resort
October 29, 2018
Ian from United Kingdom
We visited Levi in February 2018 during half term.
We opted for a car to get us the 15 minutes or so from Kittila airport so we had complete independence. We also booked our flights and accommodation independently, too.
Our family of 3 stayed in a log cabin close to the town centre (certainly within walking distance). It had accommodation for 6 or 7 split between a ground floor (a double) and a mezzanine floor above. The kitchen/dining room/living room was open plan with good heating as well as a log fire (which we didn't need to use during our trip). The kitchen was equipped well enough for us to cook at home (which we did some nights and on a couple of days we came back to the cabin and cooked up a pasta lunch instead of eating on the fell.
We had two bathrooms with showers and one (the larger one) also had a sauna and boot dryer.
Skiing on the fell was good, perfect for a beginner (our daughter) and just enough to keep my wife and I entertained but if we had been wishing to push it we could have skied it all within a day but that was not our approach. We wanted to do all we could there, not just ski and it was important to ensure that we gave our daughter the best possibility of learning to love skiing as we both do.
We also took in a trip to the ice hotel (which would have been more limited had we not had use of our own hire car), went snowmobiling, went on a reindeer sleigh ride and our daughter also went on a riding hack with other experienced horse riders on Finnish ponies. All these experiences were genuine and of great fun and were very accessible. Again, in a package holiday setting these might have been more limited (first come, first served basis) but the tourist information centre in Levi was great, they all worked very hard to provide us with the very best their region had to offer.
Our final Lapland experience was husky sledding and this was a highlight.
There are many great restaurants in the town centre and everything is in walking distance of the centre. Cuisine is available from many quarters: traditional Finnish fare, Asian, fusion, American and European. Some of the restaurants are of a very high quality.
We didn't really get to involve ourselves in any 'aprés-ski' since we had our daughter with us but it seemed to be good and well-natured. We spent time in the spa or ten-pin bowling instead (responsible parents) :-).
We found all the people in resort, whether it be waiting staff, ski instructors, tourist information staff, etc. to be friendly, approachable, helpful and polite. We could not really fault the whole experience. If you are looking for challenging runs and lots of mileage then perhaps this isn't for you, stick to Whistler, Park city, Zermatt or Verbier. but if you want to have a varied and very different experience to the Alps and are ok with a more relaxing kind of skiing then Levi is a great option. Oh, there's no queuing to get on lifts either and the hill stays open after dark with the bigger runs all being floodlit.
Was there anything we missed...? We didn't get to see the Northern Lights...that was the only thing and that was because we had cloud cover all week but that meant it was -11 as opposed to -25!
Overall: 4.2. Based on 11 votes and 24 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Levi.
Public Transport: 4.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Levi, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Levi, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.9
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.1
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Levi.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.9
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Levi, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Levi is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Levi relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Levi, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Levi are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Levi is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.9
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Levi, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.4
(1) Levi usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.4
(1) The staff at Levi are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Levi are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.5
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Levi has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Levi, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.3
(1) Not even a kicker at Levi, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Levi, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Levi has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.4
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.5
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.4
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.4
(1) Overall, Levi is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.4
(1) Overall, Levi is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
December 24, 2012
William from United States
Levi is a brilliant resort with amazing views and skiing. Yes, the skiing is small and short but the area itself is one of the biggest outside of the Alps and still extensive. Overall, best resort in Finland hands down.
February 17, 2011
Rebecca from United Kingdom
We have been coming to Levi for the past 12 years, we have seen some changes within the resort and the addition of the centre. I would highly recommend this as a family location with a nice mixture of piste and natural snow runs. Drag lifts are the norm but there are plans to expand the number of chair lifts available. The atmosphere is fantastic and the locals extremely friendly. We have a mixed ability party with advanced boarders down to complete beginners and a disabled member of the group. So far we have not run out of runs or activities that suite the whole party. The reindeer races, dog sledding and Icelandic pony races make a fantastic and traditional day out where you are treated as a member of the community and encouraged to join in with the other activities on offer. I cannot speak highly enough of Levi and the community it is definitely our 'must come' location.
February 04, 2011
Family of Five from Finland
We went to Levi for Christmas last year and had a fantastic time. We stayed in the Immelmokit log cabins which were great and we had half-board in the K5; the food was great and they were helpful. Only draw back was the price of wine at £13 for a glass! Two adults and 3 children, 15,13 & 9. We did the skiing which we thoroughly enjoyed. The boys, who all ski well, enjoyed themselves and felt the runs were enough for them. I don't ski so well, but found the runs great, nice and wide and not busy. We have previously been to Andorra: little snow and very busy. Did the reindeer excursion and the Husky rides, great fun. It was that good we are due to go again in February 2011 and are looking forward to it.
January 03, 2011
john from United Kingdom
We have been to Levi twice and are due again this year. Went to Yalis last year very disappointed Levi much better. Yes it can be very cold, buy a face mask and good goggles. You have to accept you wont ski as much as it is cold and the runs are short but you are likely to be the only people on the run especially in January. To enjoy Levi you have to learn to lark around on the slopes and not just blast down them as I have done every time I go to France. All in all, I would say go have fun eat reindeer but accept it for what it is don't compare it to massive European and Canadian resorts you will soon dispense with the map as you know your way around. Most importantly get fit before you go drag lifts and a few long flat sections will soon exhaust you out if you don't. I agree with a previous review are in Sweden has much more ski area while still much quieter than France but not as quiet as Levi.
November 23, 2010
william from United Kingdom
Levi is a lovely place but there is a hotel which is not brilliant (levitunturi hotel).
April 11, 2010
Jo from United Kingdom
Went to Levi in February 2010 with my husband and 8 year old daughter with mixed feelings. Us two girls were really looking forward to it, but husband wasn't at all interested. Got a great deal, 1/2 board, had fantastic excursions, highly recommend the skidoo, the dog/reindeer sleigh ride, but was totally disappointed with the Santa trip: £80 to see a man in a suit, (1 adult and a child) and not even a present for the kids apart from a red piece of paper that was passed off as a certificate, and I do believe in Santa...just in case he reads this review.
Overall, loved this holiday at Levi, we all did, the snow was fantastic, did not ski, so cannot comment, and to top it off saw the Northern lights on the last night. Everyone should go to Lapland at least once in their life, it was super, the people friendly, the country stunning, the reindeer not only nice to look at but gorgeous on a plate too.
February 23, 2010
Don Allwright from United Kingdom
I've read the reviews and felt some balance was required. We went to Levi last February with friends who love it and go each year. Sorry but this is not a good review. The skiing is very boring, short, flat, straight and benign. Some may like the very cold twilight, I didn't. I spent most of the time langlauf skiing which I love; it was OK. Yes, there are excursions but at a cost, we went dog sledding which was great. Costs are mind numbingly high, £12 for a glass of wine in the hotel! We didn't drink much. The hotel and hospitality is good.
This year we went to Italy at half the cost and had superb skiing and a great time.
January 24, 2010
pompeydano from United Kingdom
Levi is a resort looking for an all round winter experience and I emphasise the word winter, not skiing or snowboarding.
For those looking for that snowy time there is lots to offer; the excursions are more plentiful than the Alps including the ice hotel which is well worth the stay and is amazing, husky ride and an Arctic skidoo taster. However, not all excursions are value for money. The Sami feast, at 50quid a head, was a complete disapointment. But from what I can tell from those who went, nearly all enjoyed all the trips.
From a snowboarding (or skiing) point of view the resortof Levi is somewhat of an anticlimax. First, it's small. Secondly it's short. Thirdly, when the weather closes in (and it did all week) it's smaller and shorter. For example, in the low season with Neilson (as was our trip) a few lifts were shut compromising the access around the hill. With the high winds (above 20mph) and freezing winds, the main gondola lift shuts. This means to do the signature black run from the main resort you have to get two buses, three lifts just to get down once for the fun bit that lasts 30s!! You have to do it all over again just to get down, and then it's disapointing. By Alpine standards it's over before you blink and to be honest a bit dull despite its 52 deg incline.
Off-piste is quite picturesque. Trees are well spaced and the inclines quite flat. I'd like to give a better review but the weather and visibility prevented more riding.
But back to the weather. If it's bad, the top of the hill (bear in mind it's only 300m high) is hard. No visability and in low season, no-one around and only the floodlights as friends. Consequently, off-piste will be also out. This again limits you to the lower slopes which you will, despite your best intentions to get over the long numerous drag lifts and the cold, get tiresome. So what to do?
Many locals use the snow park as a way to get out of the town and it's for a good reason, its great. Good boxes, nice rails and a good variety of jumps. Even the larger kickers on the front slopes are quite manageble for beginners; the 'kick' is quiet sedate offering the chance to really gain confidence. If you get bored, watch the locals, they are fantastic.
So, if you're a beginner to snow sports or are looking to have a winter experience then Levi is without comparison. Northern lights, huskies, skiddoo's, ice hotel's offer a chance to experience the snow like no other. However, if your a commited skier or boarder looking for a less alpine crowded time and some trips head to ARE in Sweden. There is just more to do when the weather closes in. If you're going for the excursions make sure you go when the northern lights are at the peak (check the 11 year solar cycles).
As an advanced snowboarder, the snowpark was a good distraction but it couldn't keep me entertained all week and I admit, if the weather was better off-piste it may have been more fun. Sure the weather was bad but all in all...Levi....I tried to love it, it just didn't happen.
Go for the all round winter experience and not just for the sports. 6 snowflakes out of 10.
January 01, 2010
Malcolm from United Kingdom
Levi is the biggest resort in Lapland that the Brits go to.
As a cross country skier I really enjoy the skiing around Levi, particularly going west around and over the fells.
There is a demanding "black" climb up the back of the downhill slopes, with an exciting descent on the other side (this route CANNOT be reversed)
Some routes take you out to reindeer farms, which is fun, but the open plain is very exposed, and in early January, very cold.
In January there is only about 100km of tracks open at Levi, but they offer good variety and are well groomed.