A a glance
- Beautiful location, 2 minutes to the nearest lift and 10 minutes to the centre.
- Ski back to your door at the end of the day.
- Quality apartments with all the amenities you could need.
- Log fire with free firewood and private sauna.
- Optional upgrade to bed and breakfast or half board
Unlike most of the accommodation in Ruka, these apartments are located just west of the main village – a peaceful setting among the trees with even more beautiful views. It’s a short 10-minute uphill walk to the centre – but there’s a handy t-bar lift close by that will take you straight to the main ski area. At the end of the day, you can ski right back to your door.
The apartments all come will well-equipped kitchenettes, ski lockers next to the front door and drying cabinets for all your ski gear. In the evenings, you can relax in your own private sauna or get cosy in front of the roaring log fire.
Ruka village is generally pretty laid back, but there are plenty of bars and restaurants to try if you fancy a break from cooking. There’s also a reasonably priced supermarket that’s handy for stocking up. If you’ve got the family in tow, you could spend a few hours at the bowling alley or indoor adventure play area – and definitely don’t miss out on trying some of the incredible winter activities on offer.
- 2 minutes' walk to the nearest lift
- 10 minutes' uphill walk to the village centre and Kumpare shopping centre (with supermarket and bowling alley)
- 15 minute's bus ride to the ski school meeting place
All apartments have a kitchenette with oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and kettle; living/dining area with fireplace (firewood provided), TV and DVD player; bathroom with shower and WC; private sauna; drying cabinet for clothes; free WiFi; and balcony. Bed linen, towels and end-of-stay cleaning (except kitchen) are included.
Type C Apartment - 33m² - sleeps 1-4 (max 3 adults): Twin beds and double sofa bed. Customers in these apartments have use of the laundry room.
Type E Apartment - 49m² - sleeps 1-6 (max 5 adults): Twin bedroom, second bedroom with bunk beds, double sofa bed. These apartments have a washing machine.
- Well furnished apartments with log fire and free firewood
- Drying cabinet for clothes
- Private sauna
- Optional upgrade to bed and breakfast, dinner or half board.
- Breakfast is taken at the Colorado restaurant
- Evening meals with a choice of courses are taken at the Les Alpes restaurant
- Both restaurants are located in Ruka village, 10 minutes' uphill walk away
- Loads of activities off the slopes, like reindeer herding and cross country skiing.
- Traditional cabins based around a family-oriented, pedestrianised village.
- Largest beginners ski area in Finland, along with two snowparks, a superpipe and boardercross course.
With the largest beginner area in the country and a huge selection of activities, Ruka is perfect for families. Ruka has been awarded the title of Finland’s best ski resort and it is easy to see why. The skiing is excellent, the village is attractive and the resort has an unmistakeable character.
In Ruka centre, located at the base of the main slopes and you’ll find bars, restaurants and good quality hotels within a stone’s throw of the lifts. There’s plenty of life to it throughout but it’s welcoming at all times. Just outside the village centre are traditional log cabins, with wood fires and private saunas.
The slopes are quiet - even late in the afternoon you can take your pick of freshly-groomed runs - and the lifts stay open late. This means you don’t have to take a day off from skiing if you want to try other activities.
For the more adventurous skier or snowboarder, there are two parks, a superpipe and a freestyle centre - used for the Freestyle World Championships in 2005. When you need a break, head to one of the wooden huts around the slopes and warm up in front of an open fire.
As well as the skiing, most people visit Ruka for the additional activities - you can take your pick from a long list. Finland is the home of Santa and a visit to his secret cottage is a must. Other popular activities include dog sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer sleigh rides. All the activities start in the village centre and you get your thermal suits and boots thrown in. There are activity packs that include a selection of our most popular activities, or you can mix and match to create your perfect holiday.
Ruka has the largest dedicated beginner ski area in Finland and quiet slopes, with plenty of space for practising those turns, make it ideal for learners. Snow is never an issue either, so you'll have lovely, soft snow to learn on. The Rosa and Rudolf snow park in Vuosseli has three magic carpets and is great fun for children and adults. The ski school groups tend to be small, so learning is more personal, and the English-speaking instructors are so good that they should have you skiing most of the runs by the end of the week.
Grooming is excellent in Ruka and the resort is ideal for intermediate skiers looking to improve their technique. There are no lift queues and plenty of tree lined runs to ski. You will particularly enjoy the challenges of the red runs on the western side of the mountain.
Expert skiers will enjoy the steeper red slopes and black runs on the north and western side of the mountain. There's also a freestyle area, mogul field and some exciting off-piste through the trees. The men's World Cup for Freestyle skiing was held in Ruka in Dec 2010.
All of the cross-country trails in Ruka are free to use and many are suitable for both classic and skating styles. Once the sun sets, you can also have a go at one of the many illuminated trails in Ruka and Kuusamo that are open until 9pm every evening.
Ruka doesn't have the most challenging slopes, but it is the perfect beginners' resort with English-speaking instructors and beautifully soft powder. However, Ruka did host the World Cup Snowboarding Championships in 2005, so it does know how to look after its riders. Intermediates have a huge range of wide pistes for carving, and if you're feeling confident, the Vuosseli area has a huge 130 metre FIS-classified superpipe for you to play on. And if you love speed, the cross-course (also on Vuosseli) offers challenges to snowboarders of all levels. Ruka's Battery Park is for the serious freestylers with jumps, boxes, rails, a minipipe and lots more.
There is a variety of pre-bookable excursions to choose from including:
Winter activity taster
Day 1 - Snowmobile taster
After a short bus transfer, you’ll learn how to safely control your snowmobile, before setting out on a short safari through the nearby forest. Afterwards, children can have a go at driving their own mini-snowmobile or quad bike under the supervision of the guides.
Duration: 1.5 hours total, 20 minutes on snowmobile
Day 2 - Husky farm and taster ride
At the husky farm, you’ll meet the dogs and learn how to drive the sled. The safari takes you along trails through the snow-covered forest, with 2 people per sled. Afterwards, you’ll be taken on a tour of the husky farm.
Duration: 2 hours
Husky farm visit
You'll be taken by car to the husky farm, where you'll meet the dogs and your instructor will show you how to drive the sled. The safari takes you along trails through the snow-covered forest, with 2 people per sled, before heading back for snacks around the campfire.
Duration: 1.5 hours total, 20 minutes on husky sled
Wilderness snowmobile safari
You’ll learn how to use your snowmobile and then head out into the wilderness to tackle the varied terrain, experience a stunning sunset and stop to enjoy snacks and hot drinks around a campfire, before heading back to base after dark.
Duration: 4 hours
From £143pp (1 Adult), £196pp (1 adult + 1 child) £252 (2 Adults)