What can I say….skiing up in Finland was quite amazing and I will be returning next year hopefully. As expected the snow was fantastic and the resort surprisingly good with some great pitches including a FIS slalom piste. The skiing takes place on fels rather than mountains with amazing scenery. Frozen forests as far as you can see and over in to Russia.
On the slope facilities good with a restaurant at the bottom of most pistes and prices comparable with a mid-priced European resort. Alcoholic drinks in bars not as bad as I thought but more like London prices ( large glass of quality wine €10). Not the place to indulge in heavy après ski!
We hired our own chalet with had all the luxuries including a sauna! Self-catering super market prices same as the UK.
Back at HQ ( The Snow Centre) we are now in our busiest period and seeing many people honing their snowsport skills on the slopes of the Hemelayers! With the much improved snow situation across Europe people are starting to consider a trip in the spring. After February half term it just gets a little calmer and is a great time to get back on your skis or snowboard. Remember we have snow every day in Hemel Hempstead!
We are now 5 weeks in to our IASI ( Irish Association Snowsports Instructors) course at The Snow Centre and this is proving to be a very successful option for people wanting to gain a basic instructors qualification.
Well my next trip is up to Norway (Voss) to check out the venue for next season. Then it’s back to the Balkans ( Macedonia) for some freeride adventure followed by the usual Austrian courses for Easter.
Flights now booked for Argentina in September so looking forwards to skiing in the southern hemisphere for the first time!
Skiing at the end of the world…Argentina!