by: Neil B - 13th January 2009

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
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  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 1Nightlife
  • 5Terrain Park
  • Value
Challenging empty pistes
not all pistes open

Full review

Thought we'd try northern Finland as an alternative to western Europe this year and was pleasantly surprised. Pyha's slopes are quite challenging especially for a beginner or early intermediate with a lot of gradient changes. The south blue slope is more like a red - quite steep in some places and the wind blew the powder off one day leaving it as sheet ice. The adjacent red is pretty good. There are 2 family slopes and a magic carpet for beginners. Not all of the slopes were open (during New Year period) so I couldnt try out the fantastic looking black runs on the south side. The main pros of Pyha are: Uncrowded slopes (i.e. sometimes there is only you on the piste!). No lift queues. Challenging pistes - aparently some of the steepest in Finland and great for skill improvement. Friendly Finns. Beautiful unspoilt wilderness. Great snowpark. Nice accomodation. Cons: Not many. Perhaps not the best place to learn: My niece who has been skiing 4 times found the blue too dificult. Not good if you want lots of apre.
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