First snow ski tracks are located in Ruka Ski Stadium and near Kuusamo centre at Petäjäkangas area. Saarua lit trail (12 km) at Ruka will be opened on natural snow as soon as there is enough snow. Other ski tracks will be opened according to snow conditions.
Cross-country Skiing at Ruka-Kuusamo
RUKA SKI SEASON UPDATE 5.12.2016:
- Lots of ski tracks opening due to snowfall - check updated information on our online service (unfortunetely only in Finnish at the moment but any track marked with colour means it's open): www.mski.fi/kuusamo
- Ski trail cafes will open as soon as ski tracks open. More information below.
Ski trail maintenance schedule
Ski trails in Ruka area: Saarua Lit Trail, Ruka Ring Route, Vuosseli Route Ski trails, Valtavaara Route, Talvijärvi Dog Trail Ski trails, Pyhävaara Route, Kuontivaara Route (dog trail), Ski Stadium Trails Ski trails:
Ski trails are maintained within 12 hours after snowfall and daily during 20.2.-15.4. Saarua Lit Trail, Ruka Ring Route and Ruka Ski Stadium 5 km track will be maintained daily during 20.12-6.1; Ruka Ring Route twice a day during snowfall (in the morning and afternoon). Other routes will be maintained usually on Thursday or Friday. In case of a snowfall the trails will be maintained after the snowfall has ended.
Alakylä Ski Trail will be maintained when needed 4-5 times per week, within 12 hours after snowfall.
Ski trail café opening hours (5.12.2016)
|Ski trail cafe||Ski route & opening hours||Website & Facebook|
REINDEER FARM & CAFE LAMMINTUPA
KULTALA (Rukan Salonki)
CAFÉS AT RUKA VILLAGE AND ON THE SLOPES
SERVICES CONNECTED TO CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
SKI TRAILS AT RUKA AND KUUSAMO
Ski trail maps (i.e. Ruka-Kuusamo Traveller's Maps) are available for free at Kuusamo Info, Ruka Info and hotel receptions.
RUKA - LIT SKI TRAILS (lights are on during 7-9 a.m. and in the evening until 9 p.m.)
|Saarua lit trail||Medium difficulty||12 km||Kaltiolampi–Uuttusuo–Saarua–Uuttusuo–Kaltiolampi||Whole season||Nordic and Skating||The first to be opened with the first snowfall, open throughout the season, suitable for traditional and skating styles|
|Ski Stadium trails||Difficult||5 km||Ski stadiumk trails 5 km, 7,5 km and 10 km, of which 5 km is lit.||Whole season||Nordic and Skating||During 20.2.–30.4. also 7,5 km and 10 km. Access to Ruka village with Talvijärvi lift*|
|Ruka Ring Route||Difficult||9 km||Kaltiolampi–Uuttusuo–Saarua–Ski Stadium trails.||Whole season||Nordic and Skating||The trail is skied one way Saaruan Tupa–Ski Stadium. Access to Ruka village with Talvijärvi lift*|
RUKA - OTHER SKI TRAILS
|Talvijärvi||Easy||1,8 km||Talvijärvi||Whole season||Nordic and Skating||Skiing with dogs allowed on this trail. Access to Ruka village with Talvijärvi lift*|
|Vuosseli||Easy||12 km||Saarua–Vuosseli–Saarua.||Whole season||Nordic and Skating|
|Valtavaara||Difficult||12 km||Saarua–Valtavaara–Saarua||Whole season||Nordic and Skating|
|Pyhävaara||Difficult||17 km||Kaltiolampi–Uuttusuo–Rukajärvi–Pyhävaara–Kaltiolampi.||Whole season||Nordic and Skating|
|Kivilampi||Easy||Whole season||Nordic and Skating||Access from Pyhävaara route and Kivilammentie car park|
|Kuontivaara||Easy||19 km||Talvijärvi–Kuontivaara–Kesäjärvi–Talvijärvi.||Whole season||Nordic and Skating||Skiing with dogs allowed on this trail.|
|Alakylä||Easy||17 km||Talvijärvi - Salmilampi - Viipusjärvi - Konttainen - Viipusjärvi - Salmilampi - Talvijärvi.||Whole season||Nordic and Skating||
The trail will be maintened according to the ice cover conditions.
*) Cross country skiers can access Ruka village via Talvijärvi ski lift (T-bar) for free once per day. See opening hours of Talvijärvi lift >
KUUSAMO CENTRE - LIT TRAILS (ights are on until 9 p.m.)
|Petäjälampi||Easy||5 km||Petäjäkangas||Whole season||Nordic and Skating|
|Munakka||Medium difficulty||3 km, 4,5 km||Munakka||Whole season||Nordic and Skating|
|Tolpanniemi||Easy||2,5 km||Tolpanniemi||Whole season||Nordic and Skating|
KUUSAMO CENTRE - OTHER SKI TRAILS
|Petäjälampi First Snow Track||Easy||1 km||Petäjäkangas||October-November||Nordic and Skating||Snowguns will be started below -5 C.|
|Petäjälampi||Easy||3,5 km||Petäjäkangas||Whole season||Nordic and Skating|
|Tolpanniemi||Easy||1,5 km||Tolpanniemi||Whole season||Nordic and Skating|
|Toranki||Easy||7,5 km||Toranki||Whole season||Nordic and Skating|
|Kuusamo Ring Route||Easy||18 km||Sports Centre –Petäjälampi–Toranki–Bowling Alley, Sports Centre.||Whole season||Nordic and Skating||Skiing with dogs allowed on this trail.|
OTHER SKI TRAILS IN KUUSAMO
Oulanka National Park Wilderness Route, medium difficulty 26 km: Kiutaköngäs–Juuma. Open from 20.2. onwards, Nordic, route is flattened, no ski tracks.
Iivaara ski route, medium difficulty, 20 km (Nordic): Open from 20.2. onwards, maintenance with a snowmobile, details about route and maintenance mski.fi/kuusamo. Services: Iivaaran Eräkartano (see Ski trail cafes on this page).
Muovaara ski route, medium difficulty, 9 km (Nordic): Open from 20.2. onwards, maintenance with a snowmobile, details about route and maintenance mski.fi/kuusamo.
Lit trails in Kuusamo area residential areas: Kemilä, Kurkijärvi, Käylä, Maaselkä, Nuorisokeskus Oivanki (lit during 17-20, temperature limit -18 C), Poussu, Sossonniemi, Vasaraperä and Vuotunki. Maintenance is done by locals with a ski mobile. Skiing style varies depending on the area (Nordic, Skating or both).
Car parking areas along ski tracks in Ruka area
Talvijärventie and Hiihtostadionintie crossroads (for Stadium, Talvijärvi, Salmilampi, Alakylä, Pyhävaara and Kuontivaara tracks)
Rukatunturintie and Rukajärventie crossroads (for Saarua, Ruka ring, Pyhävaara and Kuontivaara tracks)
Masto and Vuosseli slopes parking areas along Vuosselintie road (for Saarua, Vuosseli and Valtavaara tracks)
Please note: Rukanportti (Ruka-Ko, S-Market Ruka, Ruka Adventures) parking areas are reserved for customers visiting these premises. Parking is not allowed along roads.
Skiing with your dog
There are four routes in Ruka-Kuusamo are that allow dogs:
- Talvijärvi dog trail 2 km (Ruka)
- Kuontivaara route 20 km (Ruka); this track can be skied to both directions, so a shorter route is also possible.
- Kuusamo ring route 17 km (Kuusamo)
The owner of the dog must take care of dog droppings. Dogs must not cause disturbance to other skiers or break the Nordic skiing trail. Dogs must be kept in leash.
Cross-country skiing events and competitions
A number of cross-country skiing events are arranged, such as the "Border to Border" skiing excursion— the longest in the whole world (444 km). The route starts in Kuusamo close to the eastern border and ends in Sweden at the City of Haparanda, just across the western border of Finland. See Event calendar for more information.
If you don't have your own cross-country skiing equipment, our ski rental shops are glad to help you with the right equipment!
Enjoy your ski trip!