New pedestrian village and scenic gondola to Ruka
Ruka takes another step forward in area development with RukaValley and new Village-2-Valley gondola. Taking the surrounding nature into consideration is characteristic to Ruka’s long-term development. Our partner in resort master planning is Canada-based Ecosign Mountain Planners, which is the world leader in creative design solutions for mountain resorts.
RukaVillage, the unique pedestrian village in Ruka West is the result of the first master plan originated 10 years ago. Now it is time to construct a different but as unique concept to Ruka East, named RukaValley. Transition between the villages is going to be fast and easy thanks to the new and already opened Village-2-Valley scenic gondola.
RukaValley’s area plan is aiming to create 1700 new ski-in ski-out bed places. 400 of them will be placed to the new hotel RukaValley that will be built in the first construction phase. The value of the hotel investment will be approximately EUR 20 million. The total amount of investments in RukaValley is expected to exceed EUR 100 million in the next few years. Metsähallitus, the largest land owner in Kuusamo is currently looking for an investor and operator for a hotel of international standards that is planned for the plot next to RukaValley. These new investments are targeted to attract especially international tourists to Ruka.
The location of new RukaValley between the ski slopes and Valtavaara nature reserve is unique. In addition to ski slopes, all hiking and skiing trails start literally by the door, continuing all the way to Oulanka National Park. The buildings in RukaValley will have wooden facades and the area is designed to have unique character inspired by the surrounding nature.
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Hotel RukaValley is the warm heart of the new village
Hotel RukaValley will be the most high-class Ski-Inn -location in Ruka. The concept of the hotel is a result of 10 years of experience from nearly 400 Ski-Inn apartments that Ruka has already implemented.
Hotel RukaValley will be the first hotel in the new village and it will have 80 rooms and 40 apartments. The hotel will have the best location of the village right next to the gondola and Family Park. This is the closest you will get to the best ski slopes of Finland. Rooms and apartments will have views to the top of Ruka and to Valtavaara nature reserve. The choice is yours.
Hotel and the apartments will be constructed with high quality materials inside and outside. The skeletal structure of the building is silent and durable stone, but the facade is made of warm wood. Northern wood will be used as a material in the interiors of the apartments as well. End-of-terrace apartments will have outdoor hot tubs giving a touch of luxury.
RukaValley will be heated with environmentally friendly district heating and all apartments will have a pleasant underfloor heating. Easy skiing, environment and comfortable living are the basis of all planning and design of Hotel RukaValley. Two restaurants with lobby bars, rental store, activity program services and minimarket are located right next to the hotel reception.
Ski-Inn PyhäLinna apartments at Pyhä ski resort give a good example of the atmosphere and design that Hotel RukaValley will also provide for the guests. PyhäLinna apartments were completed in December 2017.
Village-2-Valley Scenic Gondola
Gondola connects the two villages and their services
Ease of access, carless villages and a green approach are increasingly important competitive advantages of Ruka in the international competition. Transitioning from RukaVillage to RukaValley it's even easier than ever without a car after the new gondola hasb been opened in early winter season 2018. The new scenic gondola traversing across the fell from Ruka Village to Ruka Valley will take skiers, pedestrians, baby strollers and bikers across the top of Saarua in six minutes, all year round. Gondola makes it easy for the guests to enjoy restaurants and other services easily on both sides of the fell. Thanks to the top station located in top of Saarua, the gondola also serves skiers, especially families and beginners.
15 million euro investments to Ruka ski slopes
In addition to the scenic gondola, Ruka ski resort has build a new VillageExpress chairlift to the front slopes in Ruka Village. A super fast, 6-seater chairlift with a see-through cover is similar to already existing VuosseliExpress chairlift in Ruka East.
4-seater chairlift SaaruaExpress and the renewed Family Park close to RukaValley’s area opened for the winter season 2017–2018. These improvements are part of the 15 million investments to ski slopes and ski lifts that will increase the ski lift capacity over 20 %. Ruka ski resort’s strategic objective is to be the best ski resort in the world for families.
Right time to invest to Ruka
The unique nature, clean air and security of Kuusamo and Lapland are attracting tourists at an increasing rate and Ruka tourist region is continuing its strong growth and development. International overnight stays in Kuusamo had a 30 % increase in year 2017 and similar growth is expected for year 2018.
The construction work starts in May 2017, right after the end of the skiing season. The lifts will be completed in October 2018, and the new hotel will be opened for Christmas 2019.
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