Skiing north of the Arctic Circle has it's benefits. You are still in Europe, it's reasonably easy to get there, they all speak English well and...
The season starts in late October, and the 'high-season' spans from February until the snow eventually melts in early May. Surely, the most important aspect of a ski holiday is... guaranteed snow?! And in Finland you can be certain of reliable snow. No quibbles. When - elsewhere in Europe - you find yourself dodging patchy snow and skiing through slush, the Finns are just getting going. Easter skiing? No problem.
Lapland has less than two people per square kilometre, whereas the UK has 255. And the frozen landscape is spectacular - we really can't emphasis this enough. And quite unlike any place you've been before. The views from the top of the ski fells, in our opinion, make the holiday.
"As soon as you get off the plane, it hits you; this is going to be quite unlike any other ski holiday you've had before..."Nick Coates (Co-Founder, Different Snow)
The mood in Finnish ski resorts is relaxed. None of the stress of queuing, no free-for-all on a crowded ski bus, no dodging the ski school on over-packed slopes, no kamikaze-style overtakes by aggressive snowboarders. Just quiet, wide-open slopes and polite, welcoming hosts.
In Finland it's not just about the skiing. In fact, the skiing is simply only a part of the fun. Snowmobiling, husky tours, reindeer rides, ice fishing, snowshoeing and simply enjoying the fresh northern air are all parts of the Lapland experience. Also, it's worth considering that when a Finn says 'ski', they actually mean cross-country - where better to broaden your ski horizons?
Admit it - it's on your bucket list and there is the distinct possibility that you will see them. The northern lights can be seen in Lapland from the very beginning of the season all the way through to mid-April - on average they are visible in this part of the world for about 200 nights of the year!
The quintessential experience in Lapland? After a long day spent on the slopes, a steaming sauna followed by lounging in front of the fireplace in an impossibly-pretty log cabin is just about perfect. Ask ... and we will find.