Stayed here over new year in 2011.
These apartments had everything required for self catering, they were warm, clean and well equipped. A drying room for ski wear a sauna for after skiing good cooking facilities and plenty of beds. The complex was a minutes walk from the slope and inside the apartments were shops, takeaways and a supermarket, meaning that you did not have to get all your outdoor kit on to get some milk, we found this very helpful. A ski locker is available in the entrance so no need to lug stuff back to the room either.
Very close to slopes
Shops / Takeaways / supermarket inside building
Noise can be heard from neighbouring apartments, partys, babys crying,
Not particularly cosy - just basic reminded me of an ikea display room
Not enough towels or pillows
Bins were onsite somewhere but we never found them despite being given directions!
Noisy heating system
I would reccomend for familys but for couples it was not very romantic or cosy so if you are a couple travelling to Lapland I would reccomend a log cabin, with real fire, having stayed in one before they are far superior but they are in the woods so can be a long cold walk to shops / ski bus and facilities!!!
All in all it was clean and central with everything we needed so no major complaints !
Ruka is very expensive for food, we ate out at:
Colorado Hotel - 2 Adults & 3 kids meals with deserts and soft drinks we paid £200!!
Classic Pizza - 3 Pizzas, 1 salad 5 soft drinks £85
Piste Restaurant - 2 adult meals, 3 kids meals with deserts and soft drinks £150
All the food was delicious but hidiously priced for pizza, burgers and racks of ribs.
The supermarket was also very expensive, for 7 days we spent £1000 on food and soft drinks!
However we did know this in advance as we have travelled to Lapland before.
Ruka Skiing / boarding
The skiing is very good, plenty of beginner slopes and above, lots of lifts and the slopes are not crowded at all. There is a half pipe, moguls, slalom ski jumps, and other delights for snow boarders. Rental equipment was top quality. Ski lifts were excellent, snow conditions were very good.
Kids skiing - A special area called rosa and rudolph with snow men, punch bags to ski into, targets to snowball, a snow man, santa stuck in a tree, 2 reindeer in a coral and a house to ski through was fantastic, and not just for the kids!!!
Ruka ski tuition - No so good
The ski school was ok, but group tuition is always limited by the ablitiy of the weakest person in the group.My group was the improvers group, it was 10 people together and I felt I learned nothing this time. It was my 4th time skiing and the tuition was going over old ground, just parallell skiing which I could do 20 years ago. My kids were in the begginer and advanced ski group and also were limited by other kids, in the improver group a girl was skiing who could not stop and refused to ski down many areas, I think the groups were too big and the ablities too mixed. If I went back I would only have a private lesson unless I was an absolute beginner. What you do learn from the lessons is where is safe to ski and what areas are good for your ability, but you could check this out yourself.
All in all I would rate ruka 8 out of 10.
* Facilties close together
* Great Food
* Fantastic ski area
* Uncrowded ski resort
*Top quality ski /board rental equipment
*Ski School average
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