This is on ordinary station at the far north of Russia close to Finland. Visit it if you happen to be in the region, otherwise avoid. Some consider it to be the same as Sweden but at a fraction of price.
Local population is 35,000. Most of the people work at the local chemical plant. The city itself is clean and safe, but run-down. There are two clubs and several restaurants, but the nightlife is in its infancy here and is very boring.
There are 4 hotels at the city. The closest to the mountain are "Kaskad" ($50 for double) and "Khibiny" ($20 for double). The best hotel is "Severnaya" (a double for $70) but it is in 1.5 km from the lifts and you'll have to take taxi every-time.
Most of the riders rent apartments from locals. The average price is $10 per person. The landlords meet every train from Moscow or St.Peterburg and propose apartments right at the station.