Freeriders will find some interesting terrain to explore, except it won't take too long. There are some nice areas to ride, including both open and tight tree sections, especially around the side of the ski jump.

Ruka is also known for having some good powder stashes. Although it's never super-deep, it's still good fluffy stuff.


Freestylers have two fun park areas and three halfpipes, all serviced by T-bars. Both parks are groomed daily and have a good range of gaps and tabletops of all sizes, so you won't need to hike up with your own shovel to shape hits.

One of the parks and pipes are located off lift number 17, where it gets cold but you will find a shelter with a woodfire burning to warm you up between runs. Don't leave your gloves drying above the fire though, as a pair of $200 smoked Fishpaws are not as trendy as you may think.


PISTES: Riders are provided with flats and well spaced-out trails, allowing for some interesting carving - most of which needs to be done on a series of red runs. The runs off the 7 lift are nice long descents which allow novice carvers the option to move across from some tamer blue trails. Lift 15 also gives access to a good tree-lined carving trail that can be taken at speed.


Beginners are presented with plenty of gentle runs that allow for long descents from the summit, making Ruka a good place to learn the basics. Lifts stay open with the help of floodlights until 8 pm most nights, so you can get loads of riding in if early mornings aren't your thing.

Instruction facilities are very good here and you can get tuition for riding the flats or the halfpipe.