Salla resort review

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “Salla is located in the Artic Circle and gets buckets loads of snow as well as regular appearances from the Northern Lights. It's a small resort but you will ride uncrowded slopes all week and be able to find fresh powder between the lifts”









Mountain stats

Top lift:230m
Vertical drop:230m
Bottom lift:

LiftsLift count : 0 x Cable-cars   0 x Gondolas   0 x Chairlifts   6 x Drag-lifts  

10km of pistes

Total Pistes:15
Longest Piste:1300m

passes Pass (Low/High Season) : £27.80-31.07 Day, £125.91-139.81 Week

Salla promotes itself as been  ‘In the middle of nowhere’ and  located just 90 minutes from Kuusamo airport you can quickly get here and head off the beaten track.Whilst it is not difficult to get to Salla it's location in the Arctic Circle  provides something very different than your average snowboard destination. One thing you will  notice whilst getting here is how much snow there is, the beauty of the landscape also draws you in as you pass endless frozen lakes and snow capped forests before eventually arriving at the small town of Salla. The slopes are prepared throughout November which means whilst many alpine resorts are still praying for their Christmas snow you will be riding fresh lines here. The season also runs till late April so you are guaranteed good conditions even in the Spring.

Salla T Bar
Salla T Bar
M Whittaker

Although Salla is not the biggest of resorts the 9 runs here will provide good fun for a few days. The slopes are wide and empty  and like many Finnish resorts you will never queue for long to get up the mountain. Freeriders visiting Salla also have the chance of some easy and relatively safe lines in deep powder. The daylight last till 4 or 5pm here in the early winter, however they also turn on the floodlights on an evening so you can ride for a little longer especially in the early part of the year. Off the pistes Salla capitalizes on it's Artic Circle location by offering some amazing activities including Snowmobiling, Husky Rides and the Reindeer Safari. Mix this in with a few days boarding and the chance to see the Northern lights and you can see why people head here to experience something unique.  

The resort has teamed up with Crystal Ski to run holidays from the UK. These land in Kussamo  with a 90 minute transfer time to the resort.
Crystal Ski Holidays (; 020 8939 0726) offers a week's stay at the three-star Salla Cabins from £419  per person (based on four sharing) including flights from Gatwick and transfers departing on 10 January 2016. A week’s half board at the three-star Hotel Revontuli costs from £679 per person (based on two sharing) including flights from Gatwick and transfers. Book early and get 2for1 equipment hire.
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Overall in Scandinavia

  • #3 best freeride
  • #13 best freestyle
  • #2 best piste riding