May 21, 2014
Review about Finland Border to Border Ski Event by Dee Gardner
Susie, I wanted to thank you again for your help arranging travel to the 2013 Border to Border Ski Trek in Finland. The article about the event that you included in my itinerary was timely and insightful; it prompted me to pack some ski gear that I don’t normally use in the Pacific Northwest and otherwise would not have taken. Flights, connections, customs, and luggage went off without a hitch (although I noticed that each carrier had a completely different policy regarding how much extra the ski bag was going to cost me: by weight, by number, both, or neither!). Hotels were upscale without breaking the bank, centrally located, and accessible using public bus or tram.
I could rave forever about the Border to Border Ski Trek itself and the people and communities who have supported and perfected the organization of this event over the last 30 years. The event is well scaled to respond to and accommodate varying skill, experience, and exhaustion levels, and adverse weather developments.
Thank you for suggesting that I spend a couple of extra days in Finland after the ski trek. It is easy to underestimate in advance – and forget afterwards - how physically challenging it is to ski nearly 300 miles in 7 days. I am glad that I listened to you and spent a couple of extra days in Finland to relax, recover, and explore before I claimed my seat on a fully booked intercontinental flight.
I had a wonderful time touring Finland and yes, I would do it again.