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Ruka is a very nice resort, the transfer is less than half an hour and the flight from Manchester under 3 hours, so its not a huge amount of travelling to get there. The resort is compact but covers most things you would need. Its not a big ski area, its also not that steep and the runs are quite short, which is great for a beginner or early improver, but those who can already ski to a higher standard might get bored after a couple of days. However, there are lots and lots of non-skiing activities so if you are travelling as a family or with non skiers then this could be the resort for you. Be aware that apres ski is very expensive, a bottle of wine starts at €35, beer is €8 a pint, the benefit is there are no noisy drunks waking you up as they stagger from a bar at 2am. Food is standard ski resort fare and no more expensive that you get in a resort in the Alps. The accommodation is of a good standard, generally much nicer than in the Alps for your money. Lots of people we met had been coming to Ruka for a few years as it suited their family, I would happily go back as a family party, but as a couple with one advanced skier I think whilst its a great experience, there are lots of other ski resorts to cross off the list before I would go back.
Stayed here with husband and our then 4 year old son. Husband and son first time on snow although son skis regularly on dry slope. Stayed in Ruka log cabins about a 20 min walk from Ruka centre but served by the free ski bus. We rented a locker to leave our skis in centre of Ruka. Temperature was cold (-20) but runs are short so could warm up in cabins at bottom of most runs. Pistes were wide, well groomed and very quiet. My husband made great progress managing the red runs by end of the week and son was able to manage the black runs. Not much for very advanced skiers but quiet slopes, no queues, lots of snow and other winter activities made it perfect for us. Self catering reasonable as there is a good supermarket. Ski Bistro good for lunch on the slopes. We are going back this year.
Brilliant place for families. Our children really enjoyed it. Lots of lovely, wide slopes. A good few challenging reds. Stunning scenery and lots of snow. Plenty of alternative activities if you wanted a break from skiing.
Ruka must be about the best place in the world to learn to ski. The slopes are wide with few people on them and the instructors have infinite patience and skill. My youngest, who broke his leg skiing last year, was very nervous and hesitant, and by midweek could still barely snow plough. His instructors (3 of them to 8 kids) never gave up however and by the Friday he came up the 6 man lift with the rest of us and skied down the blue run 27, stopping at the reindeer park. What an achievement. I cannot praise the instructors at Ruka ski school enough.
I have only ever been to Bulgaria skiing and comparisons with other ski areas would be unfair of me, however skiing in Ruka, for my family at least, was everything we had anticipated it would be, and more. I cannot recommend Ruka enough to beginner/intermediate skiers.
Had a really good week skiing in February, lots of snow, uncrowded slopes and no lift queues. The only down side was that we had freezing fog everyday and had trouble seeing where we were going. We went dog sledding and on a reindeer sleigh ride which was good fun, and even got a reindeer driving licence. We stayed in self catering log cabins a short ski bus ride away from the ski slopes which had a real log fire and a private sauna - great after a hard day skiing.
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