Lapland Lake is the finest, most family-friendly cross-country ski center I have ever visited. Ann and Olavi are warmhearted and gracious hosts, and the entire staff is always cheerful, professional, and courteous.
The trail system is beautiful and perfectly laid out, respecting the terrain and the skier. In addition, the trails are appropriately marked. I have been to some other cross-country ski centers where I have to wonder who thought of the trail designations. At Lapland, you can be confident that the green trails are in fact green, the blues are in fact blue, and the black trails are in fact black - no unpleasant surprises to mar your ski experience. And all the trails are superbly groomed, thanks to Olavi.
The website provides accurate information about site conditions daily. You can surely trust what you read there.
The tupas (cottages) are immaculate, cozy, and homey. Since they include the cost of your trail pass and since you can bring and cook your own food (if you prefer), their price is very reasonable. (By not having to expend fuel to drive there and back from a motel, by not having to pay extra for a trail pass, and by not having to go out to eat, you can actually save money by staying on site.) The convenience of staying on site in such pleasant accommodations cannot be overstated.
Ski lessons at Lapland Lake are outstanding, providing comprehensive instruction by excellent instructors. My ski companions and I have taken several lessons over the years ranging from basic to more advanced. We continue to be impressed by the quality of the instruction and the instructors.
Lapland works its magic every time my friends and I visit there. It was enchanting when we first visited over a decade ago, and it is enchanting still.
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