Cross-country skiing is the most popularly engaged form of exercise among Finns during wintertime. Definitely something you should try when in Finland. Levi offers a wide and well-maintained network of ski tracks, making it one of Finland's best spots for cross-country skiing.
In the network of tracks totalling 230 kilometres in length, there are suitable tracks for different skill levels: for beginners, active fitness enthusiasts and competitive professionals honing their skills. There are 28 kilometres of tracks in the Rakkavaara area which are also illuminated for late-night skiing. All tracks in the Levi area are suitable for both classic and free cross-country skiing techniques. The little trail cafés that can be found along the way are mainly open during the spring season. At Levi, people will still be skiing at the beginning of May! The cross-country ski tracks are maintained during the mornings.
Please note that walking and cycling on the tracks are prohibited. You can find separate winter walking and cycling routes in Levi.
The main trails in Levi are lit up daily between 6 am - 11 pm.
From the electronic route service www.infogis.fi/levi you can check up-to-date information about maintained ski tracks.
Please note that the map of Levi's cross-country ski tracks linked above is a web view version and cannot be printed. You can buy a printed cross-country ski trail map of the Levi area (price 10 euros), for example, from Levi Tourist Information and Zero Point Brand Store.
You can also ski with a leashed dog on certain sections of the cross-country ski tracks. The dog tracks are marked with a dog symbol and a red dashed line on Levi's cross-country ski track map that opens via the links above.
During the wintertime, as long as the tracks are maintained, it is forbidden to walk dogs on the ski tracks. When there is no snow, walking dogs on a leash is allowed on trail bases.
Dog tracks in Levi
In the direction of Kätkä: Departure from the starting point of the slopes (A on the Levi's cross-country ski track map). The dog trail in the direction of Kätkä runs via Immeljärvi and Kätkäjärvi to Nuottijärvi (about 8 km one way).
In the direction of Köngäs: Departure from the Järvirovantie parking area in Levijärvi, intersection number 93 on the map. The trails all the way to Rauduskylä are dog trails (about 28 km one way).
Levi's dog tracks are marked with dog symbols on Levi's cross-country ski track map.
The easiest way to learn cross-country skiing is to take a lesson at the Levi Ski School. The Levi equipment rentals have an excellent selection of cross-country skiing equipment for both classic and free cross-country skiing technique. Rentals also wax and maintain the skis according to the weather.