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Pyha is a magical place for a family holiday, and the resort's location just above the Arctic Circle should mean plenty of snow...
Pyha doesn't have a big ski area - there are only about 8km of groomed slopes. However, it manages to fit in a good mix of runs for all abilities, as well as a freestyle terrain park and a park aimed at families.
Resort height: 201m
Beginners will love the emptiness of the nursery slopes in Pyha, while intermediates will enjoy the high quality of the grooming.
Experts, meanwhile, will adore the large off-piste area, as well as steeper slopes such as the Huttu-Ukko mogul run, which has been the stage for the Freestyle Skiing World Championships in the past.
Skiers and snowboarders of all levels will also appreciate the resort's efficient ski lift system and the general lack of queues.
Downsides of holidays in Pyha include that it can get incredibly cold at times, and that you will largely be skiing in the artificial light provided by the resort's floodlights if you go in December, for example.
The flipside is that it's much lighter than the Alps by springtime, which is the best time to explore Pyha's extensive network of cross-country ski trails.
The nearest airport to the resort of Pyha is Rovaniemi, which is about 90 minutes away...
Flying from the UK, you will generally have to change planes in Helsinki.
A good choice for beginner skiers and snowboarders, Pyha also offers a few steeper runs and a well-equipped terrain park...
Powder enthusiasts, meanwhile, will love the large off-piste area.
Beautiful Pyha is not as expensive as you might think, but party animals may find the après-ski scene a bit dull...
Pyha is a family resort, but some of its bars get quite lively after the lifts shut. Try Ski Bistro, the Hotel Pyha's après-ski bar, or for something a bit different, the Ice Bar. When hunger strikes, meanwhile, the Glacier restaurant is a good place to eat lunch or dinner while admiring the views. You might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
There are plenty of activities for non-skiers in Pyha. From reindeer safaris to ice-climbing, there is something for every type of visitor - with visits to Santa's year-round home a favourite with younger children. For something a bit different, you can also spend an afternoon at Europe's only amethyst mine, where you can dig into the sandy surface and find your own precious stones.
Cost of living 6/10
Scandinavia might have a reputation as an expensive part of the world, but a beer or a portion of chips in Pyha will cost no more than in many of the big French or Swiss resorts. The lift passes are also cheaper than in many parts of Europe.
Attractiveness of the resort 9/10
Pyha means 'holy' in Finnish and was a sacred area revered by the ancient Lappish people. And when you see the magnificent natural beauty of the place, you will understand why. The resort itself is compact and has a friendly, down to earth charm.