It’s the home of Santa – apparently full of magic reindeer, elves with pointy shoes and presents piled high in every direction. But can Finland be just as enchanting for adults as it is for kids? We sent two of our ski experts to the Finnish resort of Ruka to find out. Firstly, is it too cold to ski in Finland? Amy: I was expecting it to be extremely cold, but it wasn’t actually that bad. It can drop to around -20°C, but in December…Continue Reading “FINLAND FOR ADULTS: A GUIDE TO RUKA SKI RESORT”

Finland, Lapland, Ski, Skiing, Snow, Snowboard, Snowboarding, Winter, Wonderland, Adventure, Travel

Glittering snowflakes clinging to every branch in the forest, the mumble of nearby reindeer and the crisp crunch of footsteps in the fresh snow – Lapland is a wonderland where memories are made and winter never ends.  Finnish December days only see five or six hours of daylight, bathing the land in an ethereal half-light under the pink skies. The air’s filled with a sense of magic as you head out on a reindeer safari, sleep over in the snow village or ride into the…Continue Reading “Lapland and beyond – why we love skiing in Finland”

Finland’s nice. Have you been to Finland? If you haven’t, you should go. With that in mind, meet Levi and Ylläs, two resorts new to Crystal for Winter 2016/17. For those unfamiliar with the joys of a Finnish winter holiday: the range of activities on offer is unmatched anywhere in the world, the skiing’s gorgeous, the snow is near-constant and the scenery is truly staggering. We tend to recommend Scandinavia primarily to families, but the truth is that with all of its charm and potential…Continue Reading “Say hello to Levi & Ylläs – Two of Finland’s Finest”

Working in the ski industry we have a lot of chats with people who describe some of the lesser-known resorts as hidden gems or national treasures. Hidden gems is pretty obvious, but what is a national treasure?  Stephen Fry? The Beatles? The Crown Jewels?  Obviously we looked to Google to translate for us: North of the Arctic Circle, Salla has great beginner and intermediate skiing and is a top destination if you’re hoping to see the Northern Lights. While all of our resorts are very…Continue Reading “Salla, Finland – our National Treasures”

Home comforts are important on holidays, and on active holidays in particular. Mountain ski chalet holidays offer a home away from home – with the added bonus that someone else is doing the cooking and cleaning for you. Whether you are looking for somewhere you can meet the neighbours over tasty home cooked meals, an intimate space for you and all your friends and family, or luxury accommodation with that extra special something, you can have your dream ski holiday at a chalet. What’s staying…Continue Reading “What’s a ski chalet holiday all about?”