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 create a different but as unique concept to Ruka East, named RukaValley. Transition between the villages is 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 are placed to the new hotel RukaValley that opened in December 2019. 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.

Buy your own vacation home away from home

You can be a part of RukaValley's success story by purchasing the vacation home of your dreams from RukaValley. Set in the best scenery of Ruka, RukaValley offers everything you could wish for in a vacation home: the best scenery in the area and the immediate proximity of ski slopes and diverse amenities. When you buy a Ski-Inn apartment, you get the most out of it - when you are not on vacation, Ski-Inn will rent your vacation home for you and you get the best profit for your investment.

Please contact Rakennusteho sales team for more information and details. 

RukaValley sales: 

Ruka: Kauno Riekki, puh: 0400 280 762,

Oulu: Jukka Poukkula, puh: 040 764 9085,

Helsinki metropolitan area: Jere Castrén, puh: 050 5500 142,

Hotel RukaValley is the warm heart of the new village

Hotel RukaValley will be the most high-class Ski-Inn accommodation 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 are 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 is 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.

Download RukaValley brochure and price list (PDF)


Due to its location, the new hotel is especially suitable for families with children - Rosa & Rudolf Family Park and family-friendly slopes can be reached directly from the hotel door. Slope restaurant SkiBistro is right next door and the nearest cross-country café is within easy reach with cross-coutry skiis. ValleyRental which is located on the hotel premises makes it significantly easier and faster to go to the slopes and trails with children. In the immediate vicinity of the Valley hotel there is also an indoor playground Rosa & Rudolf Kids'Club, which offers childcare. Kids'Club consists of play areas for children of all ages, a resting room for a napping and a drying room for outwear.

From summer 2021, RukaValley will also be a hotel designed for cyclists, where you will find everything you need for a successful summer cycling holiday. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel you will find the Pump Track, easy trails of the Family Park and the Gondola, which takes you to more advanced downhill routes. The hotel offers guests free bicycle storage, as well as a DIY maintenance point and laundry facilities. There is also a bike wash on the corner of the hotel and you can rent dirt bikes and buy bicycle spare parts and lift tickets at reception.

Holidays in RukaValley are also easy with a pet. The hotel has pet rooms and there is no extra charge for bringing a pet to Ski-Inn accommodation. The Valtavaara forest trails are right next door and you can take your pet on a gondola. Read more about vacationing with a pet in Ruka.

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 opened in early winter season 2018. The new scenic gondola traversing across the fell from Ruka Village to Ruka Valley takes skiers, pedestrians, baby strollers and bikers across the top of Saarua in six minutes. 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.