• Beautifully maintained slopes
  • Fantastic for
    family holidays
  • Extensive cross-country
    skiing trails
  • Bespoke activity
  • Exclusive Father Christmas holidays Photo: Juho Kuva


North-east Finland

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A firm favourite with skiLapland families, Ruka ski resort is a true hidden gem of Northern Finland. Ruka resort offers quiet slopes for alpine skiing and snowboarding, fabulous trails for cross-country skiing and an incredible range of activities and adventures in the breath-taking wilderness that surrounds the pedestrianised village.

Ruka’s fantastic snow record offers an average of 200 days skiing. With slopes opening in early October and skiing available through to May it is an ideal destination for early-winter and spring skiing. This incredible snow surety means the resort is best known as the home to the annual opening of the Cross-Country, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined World Cup events in November as well as the FIS Freestyle Cup in early December, events that mean the resort has a world-class lift system and amenities.

New to Ruka ski resort in 2018

There will be a brand-new gondola lift for the start of the 2018 winter, seamlessly linking Ruka Village with the Ruka Valley area. The new lift will provide speedy access to Ruka's summit and beginner area for skiers and snowboarders as well as pedestrians and snowbikes. As part of the continuous improvements to the ski area for 2018, there will also be a new easy access ski slope and one of the chairlifts will be replaced with a brand-new high-speed, covered chairlift. All this means you can get even more skiing and activities done during a fabulous holiday to Ruka.

The wide variety of accommodation in Ruka has been handpicked by your skiLapland specialists and ranges from ski-in/ski-out apartments to secluded log cabins. Ruka is also home to our exclusive, Luxury Father Christmas holiday for the Christmas you and your family will never forget.

The right slopes for me?


Excellent: The wide open slopes are perfect for those new and improving on the snow. The local ski school offers quality group and private tuition with English speaking instructors.


Good: The well maintained slopes are beautifully quiet and peaceful offering the perfect stage to hone your technique and explore the area.


Average: There a few more challenging runs for the advanced skier as well as some technical areas and parks.

Cross country

Incredible: With nearly 200km of cross-country trails across Ruka and the nearby town of Kuusamo, this is one of the best resorts in the world for the budding or established cross-country enthusiast. Many of our cabins have trails right past their doorstep and the local ski school offers excellent tuition.


Good: There is both a snowpark and a super pipe in Ruka. The snowpark has a choice of difficulties from beginner to advanced and tuition is available from the local ski school.

Activities & Après


There are a huge range of activities on offer in and around Ruka. Husky Safaris and snowmobiling are popular choices and night-safaris offer a great chance to spot the Northern Lights. Snow-shoe hiking and ice-karting are great family activities and for those looking for something more relaxed we offer culinary programs. Contact your skiLapland experts today for advice and recommendations on the best activities in Ruka.

  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowshoe hiking
  • Reindeer farm visit
  • Ice-fishing
  • Ice-karting
  • 10-pin bowling
  • Father Christmas experience


Exclusive Father Christmas Activities

Ruka is the perfect resort for combining time on the slopes with a visit to Father Christmas himself. As well as being the home of our exclusive Luxury Father Christmas Holidays, Ruka is an ideal destination for your December skiing holiday offering the perfect combination of skiing and festivities.

Apres ski & eating out

Ruka is vibrant at the weekends with lots going on and a welcoming atmosphere, during the week it is generally laid back and relaxed. If you want to eat out there is a good choice of restaurants, including easy options and high-end dining.

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