We go skiing every year as a party of "seniors" and this was out first trip outside the Alps. We were looking for somewhere where the skiing was easier and where there was something else to keep us busy on rest days (which we find necessary!) Levi fits the bill perfectly - the skiing is easy and very accessible, but won't suit the purist looking for a challenge. Snow is excellent - all powder and no slush as you'd expect 200 km north of the Arctic circle. The downside is that daylight is short - although to compensate the dawn and twilight last a long time, and all the main slopes at Levi are brilliantly floodlit. If you want to try something different, Levi has some of the best cross-country skiing in Europe, and most of the tracks are also floodlit.
For families or groups that include non-skiiers, there is also dog sledding, reindeer sledding, snowmobile hire, e-biking along cross country tracks and excellent winter walking trails. Be prepared for arctic weather (it got down to minus 21 C on one day) and you'll be fine.
We stayed at the Levi Spa Hotel; accommodation was roomy, comfortable and clean with lashings of hot water and excellent food; we stayed half board and there was more than you could eat available for both breakfast and supper. The package included free use of the Spa facilities -pool, sauna etc. - which justified what might have otherwise seemed a bit pricey. The only drawback to this hotel is that bedrooms are in different blocks to the dining, bar and spa areas, but we didn't find that a major issue. The hotel is also within easy walking distance of the town which has a good range of shops, restaurants and bars, although it might not suit those whose idea of apres ski is all-night partying.
As a bonus, you might get a chance to see the northern lights - we saw the best display they'd had in Finland for 20 years, but we were told repeatedly how lucky we were!
Accommodation & Value 5/5