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Ruka - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Skiing in Ruka
Ruka - Finnish Ski Resort (300m to 500m)
Located 25km north of the small town of Kuusamo, (with an international airport) Ruka is one of Finland's largest and most modern resorts. Facilities include dog sledding, snowmobiling and a huge indoor tropical pool complex nearby. 100% snow making and floodlit, with a very long snow-sure season from mid-October to mid-May.
Ruka Ski Facts
|2||Black Pistes (3km)|
|9||Red Pistes (6km)|
|10||Blue Pistes (10km)|
|8||Green Pistes (5km)|
The Finnish ski resort of Ruka has direct access to 28 individual pistes, served by 22 ski lifts.
Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..
Snowmaking :- Ruka is able to augment natural snow, on 19km of ski runs, with 100 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 22 Ski Lifts of Ruka are able to uplift 20,900 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Ruka are perfectly feasible. Kuuasamo Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Ruka
The resort's slopes are spread across four Arctic fells served by two dozen lifts. More than half of the slopes are floodlit until 7pm nightly, so don't worry about getting up early. The illumination creates a dreamlike atmosphere in the polar night .
Ruka is the official sponsor resort of the Finnish Snowboard Team, many international freestyle teams train here as well. Not to forget the world class Ski Stadium, where the opening of the World Cup in skijumping and cross country skiing is held annually. A Freestyle Centre is used by the team as well as for any other interested skiers. It is located at the heart of the resort action on the western side of Ruka. The course length is 225 meters with an altitude difference of 106 metres. The overall gradient is therefore an impressive 53 per cent or 29 degrees. The view down the mogul field is rather daunting to say the least. The aerial site is next to the mogul run. Both sites will be clearly visible to the sunny terrace of the Piste restaurant.
In 2001 Ruka was still pumping out snow from several snow cannons in late Spring thanks to funding from the European Government. The resort has received funding towards the 160,000 Euro cost (Aprox $160,000 US/£100,000) of the project which is intended to find out how long in to the summer they could keep their slopes skiable.
The thinking behind the project was not to create a summer skiing facility for Finland's 'general public' but snow slopes for the country's amateur and professional racers and competitors. The project arttempts to keep a slope of 600m length open to mid-June (a month longer than usual) then the snow would be covered through the hottest months for use later in the year - a trick successfully tried by Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia.
The main idea behind the project is to create an affordable destination for summer training for Finland's native ski competitors who otherwise need to travel great distances to get to the summer snow. Training camps are held on the summer slope every year in May and June.
Snowboarding in Ruka
Riders of all kinds can enjoy two superb snowboard 'streets', boardercross course and a FIS standard super pipe.
BatteryPark is surely the best snowboard street in Finland developing every season with new obstacles and jumps always in great condition. Behind the great parks is the park team consisting of some of Finland's top snowboarders. As new school skiing is gaining more ground all the time, the park aims to provide for skiers as well. The Masto minipark on the other hand, is aimed mainly for juniors and beginners and is a great place to start practising before hitting the mighty BatterPark. World class snowboarding and new school events are held annually in BatteryPark. Fabulous Ruka in December and Oakley Girls Sessions in April to name some. Oakely Girls Sessions gained TTR 3star status last season, which gives a good chance for riders to gain some TTR points.
Ruka Aprés Ski
Ruka's young crowd keep it lively right through the season, and unlike many ski resorts, right through the week. The Music Bar Piste is one of the hippest, with live bands and top DJs often in town.
The After Safari Restaurant Zone is where dancing on the tables is de rigueur, afterwards stagger out to watch the northern lights and catch then catch the free ski bus home - time tables not yet known for season 2009-2010.
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