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Sålla Ski Resort Guide

Sålla, Finland

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift443m1,453ft
Resort Height213m699ft
 Nearest AirportsKuuasamo and Rovaniemi
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Salla's skiing slopes are sheltered from the wind and boast a long season. One of the black trails is one of Finland's fastest. The black and red slopes are illuminated and there are two slopes especially for children


The Finnish ski resort of Sålla is at an altitude of 213m699ft.

Sålla has direct access to 10 marked pistes, served by a total of 6 ski lifts.

Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Sålla?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Sålla.

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Ski Area Stats

Sålla Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Cross Country
Total Length
140km87 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Sålla Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift443m1,453ft
Lowest Piste213m699ft
Resort Altitude (Sålla)213m699ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Sålla
Intermediate Skiers

Sålla Overview

Salla is the perfect choice for anyone in search of a true isolated frontier winter sports experience. There is a small resort village and ski area and very little else except for a frozen wilderness of gently rolling hills (or “fells” as they’re known locally), most of it covered in forest and home to some 10,000 reindeer. Salla is actually the name of the region which extends over the nearby Russian border and covers nearly 6,000 square kilometres, and with a total area population of less than 5,000 there’s more than a square kilometre each for everybody living here.

The limited ski slopes and small vertical means that the appeal for more advanced skiers is somewhat limited, and the resort is marketed primarily at beginners, early intermediates and anyone looking to try out the many other winter experiences available here .

In common with other Scandinavian resorts you should be prepared for very cold temperatures, with lots of thermal layers and added thermal inners for your gloves and ski boots. Be prepared to head in to a warming cafe every hour or so when the temperatures do drop into double figures below zero, although it can be warmer a lot of the time. Mid-winter – December and January are coldest and the darkest months, but there is extensive floodlighting to brighten many of the slopes at the beginning and end of the day. Plus virtually all accommodation offers a private sauna cabin in your room. The positive pay-off is that by March the days are rapidly getting longer than in the Alps and the low temperatures means that the snow lasts and snowmaking, which covers all the slopes, can operate efficiently.


There are nursery slopes right next to the village for maximum convenience and the intimate nature of the ski resort and its ski area make it a pleasant, low pressure, place in which to learn. There are more blue runs to progress on to once you have mastered basic technique. Tour operators offer combined lift ticket, ski rental, tuition deals when booked in advance which offer a significant saving on buying separately in resort. Lessons last an hour and 45 minutes each.

Early intermediates will enjoy the largely gentle terrain, with trails up to 1,300 metres (just under a mile) and mostly on wide sunny slopes above and between the trees. More competent skiers will have skied all the marked piste within a couple of hours. So this could be the resort in which to try a little off piste powder or tree skiing with a ski school guide. Six runs are floodlit for night skiing and there is an equipment test centre for trying out demo models.

There are limited attractions for advanced skiers here with two black runs either side of one of the five drag lifts. The runs are reputed to be some of the steepest and fastest in Finland, they are also floodlit for night skiing.

Sålla offers good sking, particularly, for Beginner skiers.


Salla tries hard for boarders with a terrain park and boardercross course. The wide open slopes are also good for freeriders and the low temperatures keep the snow in good condition for carving.

Location and Map

Where is Sålla?

This ski resort is in Itä-Lappi, Lapland, Finland.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Sålla is Kuuasamo, 100 minutes drive away.

Rovaniemi airport is also within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The six ski lifts are able to uplift 7,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Sålla open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Sålla, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Aprés Ski

With Salla being a small resort there are just a few bars and restaurants to choose from, but they’re friendly enough. On the eastern side of the fell the cosy Koptapubi (Hot Pub) is good for a relaxing drink, as is the sun terrace at the base lodge building. A third choice is the Papana pub.