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Levi Skiresort
Levi Black World Cup pista in summer

Levi is one of the largest ski resorts in Finnish Lapland. The resort is located in Kittilä municipality and is served by Kittilä Airport and Kolari train station. At a latitude of 67.8° north, it is located approximately 130 km (80 miles) north of the the Arctic Circle.

The Levi fell is at an elevation of 531 meters (1742 ft.) above sea level. There are 48 ski slopes (15 of which are floodlit) and 28 ski lifts in Levi. Ascending the fell are 2 gondolas, 1 chairlift, 14 T-bar lifts, 6 stick lifts for children and 4 rope tows for children.

Levi is an early stop on the Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit, hosting slaloms in mid-November; in 2009 the races were held November 14-15.

Levi is one of two locations of gondola lifts in Finland.

The slopes in Levi are mostly suitable for beginners or intermediates, but there are also four black slopes for experts. The highest vertical drop is 325 meters (1,066 ft.) and the longest slope is 2.5 km (1.5 miles) in length. The longest ski lift is about 1,636 meters (1.01 miles) long. Levi has one superpipe, one halfpipe, two snow parks, 10 children's slopes and seven slope restaurants.

Slope restaurant Tuikku

The skiing and snowboarding season in Levi is extended, often lasting up to eight months, from mid-October to early June.

At Levi, lift lines are rare and the well-groomed pistes are ideal for all skiers, from beginners to international ski racing stars – from the rope lifts in Kids’ Land through Snow Park to the Levi Black World Cup piste. Equipment rental shops, Levi shops and piste restaurants are open for business all over the fell.

You can improve your technique at the ski school, which provides instruction in downhill skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing and cross-country skiing. Fans of cross-country skiing can enjoy the illuminated ski tracks and snow that lingers well into the spring.

Levi has a total of 45 varied pistes covering 43.6 km. These pistes are colour-coded as follows: blue for beginners, red for those who have mastered the basics, black for experts and green for transition routes.

Typical accommodation house in Levi

Lift operating hours:

The lifts open every morning at 9:30 am

Lifts 2-3, Levi North and Levi Express are open until 7 pm. Lifts 6, 8 and 14 are open until 6 pm. Lift 13 and Snow Park are open until 5.45 pm. Lifts 7 and Gondola are open until 5.30 pm. Lifts 4 - 5, 7B and 9 - 12 are open until 5 pm

Other possible activities in Levi are cross-country skiing, snowmobile safaris, biking, husky dog safaris, fishing, hiking and canoeing. There are 230 kilometres of cross-country skiing tracks and 750 kilometres of snowmobiling tracks in Levi. Those looking for peace of mind can take snow shoes and walk to the nearest fell, Kätkätunturi. Kätkätunturi is located west of Levitunturi and it is 504,6 m high and 7 km long.

Levi has been chosen the best domestic skiing resort in Finland four times.

Near the ski resort of Levi is the Snow Village Lainio, where it is possible to see snow buildings.

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Coordinates: 67°48′18″N 24°48′07″E / 67.805°N 24.802°E / 67.805; 24.802

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