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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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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.


The Finnish ski resort 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..

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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Snow Forecast by day for Ruka

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


Ruka Ski Area Heights

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

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Ruka
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Ruka Overview

Ruka, near Kuusamo on the southern edge of Lapland, gives an added dimension to 'cool' as temps drop to 20 below (Celcius) in the dark months of mid-winter. That's not stopped this snug little ski area rocketing on to the world stage, with growth running at ten percent annually.

It has been helped firstly by having some of the lowest priced lift tickets in Europe and secondly by developing a core boarding and freestyle culture (partly thanks to a symbiotic relationship with the ticket prices, but an eight month season from October to May is another big plus, who needs Spring and Autumn?).

A third strong plus factor is that the resort's snow surety is legend. It is typically one of the first in the world to open in October each year (and one of the last to close each Spring). The icing on the cake was the awarding of the World Freestyle Ski Championships here in 2005 - still the biggest ever ski event to be staged in Finland.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Battery Run'.


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.

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.

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


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.

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.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Ruka, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Ruka Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Ruka

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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.