Finnish Lapland has several great skiing areas but Ylläs is the most extensive of them. It is mostly flat with seven low mountains at some distance from each other. The whole area is covered with extremely well prepared skiing tracks, at least some 250-300 kilometers. The Ylläs mountain has also downhill skiing but this does not compare with Alps, as the mountain is only 600-700 meters high.
For cross country skiing it is probably the best area in Northern Europe, with possibility to do really long distance skiing to adjacent areas. Finns normally take a hotel or rent a cabin and ski for a week round the area. Every 5-10 km there are cafes which serve food and drinks so one does not go hungry (but they close relatively early, generally 4 pm). Starting from March there will be light from 7 am to 8-9 pm so long skiing tours are possible. When days become warmer, and nights are still freezing, this means that one can ski anywhere outside the prepared tracks in the mornings, before the snow becomes soft. There are forests so even in worse weather it is possible to ski. The villages are not much to see, but very lively during the high season (from March to end of April) and one can find interesting local produce as well as luxury goods. There are may activities offered for tourists (skidoo, dog sled, reindeer trips etc) but the best we Finns can think of is to ski long tours outside the most popular tracks. You will meet a few skiers but otherwise it is empty and very beautiful, with bright sunshine, flat treeless white mountains, lakes and small rivers.
So, if you have sporty kids who can ski, this is the place to come to. For non-skiers, there is not much of interest (and the skidoos are a pest which should be forbidden...) except in the summer. Smaller children can be pulled in special sleds or with rope on the track, but then you must be a pretty good skier. As the temperatures change a lot during the day, it is much recommended to use skating skis. The tracks are everywhere broad enough. On the other hand, the tracks for classic skiing are like rails so they are very easy to ski.
Lapland is then a paradise for serious skiers. Finns come there even though they cannot ski very well, but they keep to the tracks near the villages.
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