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Ruka Ski Resort Guide

Ruka, Finland

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length24km15 miles
Highest Lift500m1,640ft
Resort Height291m955ft
 Nearest AirportsKuuasamo and Rovaniemi
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The ski area of Ruka is at an altitude of 291m955ft, with 24km15 miles of marked runs.


Ruka has direct access to 24km15 miles of downhill skiing, with 28 marked pistes, served by a total of 22 ski lifts.

Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Ruka offers some good boarding and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Ruka.

Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Battery Run'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Ruka?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Ruka.

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Ski Area Stats

Ruka Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 3km2 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 9 6km4 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1010km6 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 8 5km3 miles
Total Length
24km15 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Ruka Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift500m1,640ft
Lowest Piste300m984ft
Resort Altitude (Ruka)291m955ft
Max Vertical209m686ft

Ski Slope Aspects

N, E, S, W

Ruka has ski slopes facing north, south, as well as east and west, offering both sunny and sheltered skiing.

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Ruka
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Ruka?

This ski resort is in Kuusamo, Koillismaa, Finland.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Ruka is Kuuasamo, 28 minutes drive away.

Rovaniemi airport is also within three hours drive.

Kuuasamo is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 22 ski lifts are able to uplift 20,900 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 19km12 miles of ski runs, with 100 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Ruka open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid October (Opening date depends on cold enough weather for snowmaking. Normally earliest non-glacier resort in northern hemisphere to open.), and usual closing is Mid June (Closing date depends on cold enough weather for stock piled snow to last. Normally last non-glacier resort in northern hemisphere to close.).

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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