A good resort with terrain that allows for freeriding and some really good carving. Great for novices. Good selections of slope-side facilities.
Ruka Chairlift / M Whittaker
Freeriders will find some interesting terrain to explore in Ruka, 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. The Avalanche risk in Finland is almost non-existent as the resorts are all on larger hills rather than mountains. This means that anyone wanting to try some freeriding for the first time could do worse than head here.
Beginners will find plenty of gentle runs that allow for long descents from the summit, this makes Ruka a good place to learn the basics. The place has amazing Freestyle facilities and slopes that are open till 19.00 pm every night accept for Fridays till 23pm, so you can get loads of riding in if early mornings aren't your thing.
If you are making your first turns or even want some private lessons head to Ruka Ski School Office next to the (Piste) restaurant. The instructors here will look after you are very knowledgeable when it comes to all things snow related. As well as ensuring you get the most of your time on the slopes they will also get you kitted out with the best equipment to get you through your holiday.
Beginners will particularly enjoy piste number (5) next to the Kuru 3 person Chairlift and also pistes (30) and (31) these can be accessed from the top of the mountain. The Rosa and Rudolph area also has short magic carpets that offers total beginners a chance to find their feet without trying out more daunting lifts. Having said this everything is well linked when you eventually head up to the top of the mountain.