We spent last weekend in Tahko in eastern Finland. I’ve been unable to write about it earlier due to work pressure, but finally there is some time to share the experiences before dozing off.
Tahko is a big ski resort near Kuopio, about 450 kilometers away from Helsinki. It is the biggest in southern Finland, especially with regards to services and accommodation.
We got a good deal from Spa Suites (see separate review), three nights’ accommodation in two bedroom suite with less than 250€. The only catch was that we had to participate in two hour weekly shares’ sales meeting. The sales guy was really relaxed and somehow the whole thing was way cozier than the usual weekly shares’ sales events. We haven’t made our minds yet.
Anyhow, we packed our stuff to the car and headed towards north on Thursday. The trip took about six hours, and boy were we tired. The boys dozed off pretty fast, and I could focus on some work items that needed my attention. The suite was equipped well, and there was a good Internet connection among other things.
Friday morning, we attended the sales pitch; the boys were ushered into play area and supervised by a nanny provided by the sales organisation. Nice touch! After the sales, I run some errands in Kuopio and Sanna spent time with a sled and Aapo.
After I got back, my parents joined us and stayed for one night in the extra bed. We visited also a friend of mine back from the university. Haven’t seen him for more than five years, so it was a good time to have a reunion.
Saturday was a cold day, -23C or so in the morning. We went to the spa, and soaked ourselves until lunch. Then it was time for boys to have a nap and my parents to drive back to Polvijärvi. Sanna’s brothers and their families joined us in the evening to celebrate Niilo’s first birthday — yeah, it has been a year already. Time flies.
On Sunday, Aapo and Sanna tried skiing with moderate success. Then I and Niilo joined them for a short sled session. Then it was already time to move on, eat some pizza for lunch and pack the car. Driving back to Espoo took six hours, and I felt once again drained. I deftly continued to work on an offer that I submitted on early Monday morning…
The trip was excellent in that sense that it moved our focus away from the daily grind, and the accommodation was luxurious enough to be really enjoyable — especially the sauna with always hot stove was splendid; it heated up in five minutes. Luxury!
We didn’t catch that much of snow time that we expected, and at the end the boys didn’t see much difference between Tahko and the hill next to our house. Maybe that will change in the next five years or so, and then we will go again…