Ruka Resort Guide

The Ruka resort summary is: Ruka has 19 lifts within its 220 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 201m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 29 trail at Ruka.


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Ruka Resort Guide

The Ruka resort summary is: Ruka has 19 lifts within its 220 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 201m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 29 trail at Ruka.

Vertical:

Top: 492m
Arrow
201m
Bot: 291m

Best for:

Beginners level skier
Beginners/
Intermediates

Trails:

29
60%
30%
10%

Hectares of Ski:

220
Snowmaking:100%

Ruka Lifts:

  • drag lift icon15
  • ski lift icon4
  • cablecar icon0
Total lifts = 19
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Photo credit: Neil Moroney

Visiting Ruka

Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Ruka.

  • Season opens
    8 Oct 2021
  • Season closes
    8 May 2022
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants | Bars
    10 | —
  • Nearest Airport
    Helsinki/Kuusamo
  • Nearest Train Station
  • Tourist Office Website
  • Tourist Office Phone
    +35888681231

Ruka Features

The terrain at Ruka includes::

  • Halfpipes
    2
  • Terrain Parks
    1
  • X-Country
    500.0 km
  • Ski Hire

What's it like at Ruka resort?

Ruka has a snow guarantee and excellent grooming. The 29 slopes at Ruka provide something for everyone. They range from gentle slopes for the beginners to tempting gradients for the advanced skiers. They pride themselves with the excellent conditions; no ice or rocks can be found on the slopes at Ruka.


Explore Ruka Location Map

Interactive Ruka trail map and piste map. View the piste and trails as well as the surrounding terrain and mountain contours for backcountry action. Find and compare nearby resorts by clicking on the resort markers.

Ruka Live Weather

ResortSnow DepthTemp. (°C)Wind (km/h)Weather
Top: 0.18m
-2
10
light snow
Bottom: 0.5m
-1
10
light snow

When's the snowiest month to visit Ruka?

FebruaryAverage: 5.0 snow days per week
The snowiest week in Ruka is week 4 of February. There are typically 5.0 snowy days during this week with 14cm of snowfall. Check out the Ruka Snow History graphs below.


Visitor Reviews of Ruka

Overall: 3.5 Based on 8 votes and 11 reviews

  • Snowsure 4.4
  • Variety of pistes 3.1
  • Off-piste 2.6
  • Scenery 3.5
  • Apres-Ski 3.2
  • Vote

Chris van den Heuvel from Finland writes:

Amazing, fantastic holiday for the whole family if you enjoy skiing but are a beginner/intermediate skier with a little something for advanced skiers. Lovely kids area for the absolute beginner and a very well-staffed ski-school and rental facility on either side of the mountain. We will be definitely be going back!

Went with the family to Ruka over the Finnish winter holidays from 19 Feb 2021 to 26 Feb 2021. The best is to fly into Kuusamo, where an airport bus is waiting to take you to Ruka. Bus ticket prices start at €8 p/p. No stress, very easy. We arrived the Friday morning and had the mountains nearly to ourselves till Monday afternoon. Not sure if it is because the Finns chose to drive up or what, but it got jam-packed from Monday onwards. Not surprising, though, during this Covid time, it probably was not as busy as it can get. I would recommend, if possible, try and visit outside of the silly season. (Better accommodation prices too)

Apart from that, a very nicely sorted out little ski resort. It is quite small (when compared to the French Alps) but big for Finland. Word of warning, it can get freezing, so pack super warm! We enjoyed an average temperature of minus 20 degrees celsius for the week. That said, we also enjoyed 4 blue sky days out of 7, skied with lovely views of Lapland as far as the eyes can see. A lovely feature is that all the pistes have nighttime floodlighting which light the runs as if it were a blue sky day. Very Cool! Skiing enthusiasts can enjoy a full 10 hour ski day plus 1 hour for lunch (8:00 to 19:00 over winter holiday but otherwise 9:30 to 19:00).

A couple of nicely groomed black runs keep the advanced skiers happy for the week with lots of rest and bar areas (even with the Covid restrictions) at the bottom of every major slope.

Hotel accommodation is aplenty. We stayed at the Scandic Hotel, situated on the piste and a stone's throw from the gondola. Nice hotel and exactly what one has come to expect from Scandic for those who regularly frequent. The break buffet is a bonus to carbo-load yourself and the kids before the long day ski. However, there are many apartments available that are more luxurious if you prefer the self-catering route or have deep pockets to eat out breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Regular after-ski activities are a bit limited. There are snowmobiles, river swimming, and many other things I was frankly not interested in doing, but that's me. I would say, though, that there is not much to do at Ruka apart from ski, eat out and shop ski-souvenirs if you are on a budget. But we came to ski so all good. Covid did put a damper on things, with the restaurants basically empty at night. I will say the Ruka community really took Covid seriously. There was social distancing everywhere, ski lifts (one seat space between strangers), restaurants. Even the hotel staggered the breakfast times so that there was no overcrowding.

In conclusion, if you live in Finland/Europe and want to try something different to the Alps, give Ruka a try. The guaranteed snow is always a plus. Also, for a family of 5, you would probably save 1 000 to 2 000 € compared to a ski holiday in the Alps.

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