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First time skiing - take your skills to next level

Ruka's ski school offers high quality instructing for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and skill levels. Whether you are a beginner getting to know a new sport or a skilled enthusiast our devoted and qualified instructors will take you to the next level safely, making sure that above all you have fun during your class.

Your first time skiing experience will be at Rosa & Rudolf Family Park. That is the best place to start this new hobby. It is great place to learn first skills of skiing, first at flatland and then at easiest green level slopes, using magic carpet lifts.
Intermediate and advanced skiers/snowboarders will improve their technique and gain more confidence, skiing/boarding becomes versatile and faster in all kinds of slope conditions.
Private lesson is always proceeded according to the participants' age and development of the skills.

Alpine skiing skill levels

GREEN level (1): Whether you are skiing now for the first time or you have tried skiing once or twice before, and you still can’t stop or make smooth turns on the easy slope. First you will learn moving on flat ground, and how to slide and stop on easy slope (green), on both edges. We will also exercise the basics of turning on easy slope. You will learn how to use a ski lift at beginners area. We will also practice safe fall and how to get up. You will also learn about skiing equipment and slope rules.

BLUE level (2): You are already skiing smoothly (with snow plough), you can control your speed and stop, and you handle the lift at easy blue level slopes. You will learn how to ski with parallel skis and practice skiing on more challenging slopes. We are looking for smoother and confident alpine skiing technique.

RED level (3): You can already ski controlled manner with parallel skis on middle range slopes (red). We will exercise techniques to allow you to manage skiing on more challenging slopes safely and skilled, skiing with nice pace and confidence.

BLACK level (4): You can ski already controlled manner with parallel skis on all types of slopes. We will practice for example carving technique - for sporty, faster and controlled skiing on diverse slopes.

Freestyle and mogul lesson is well suited for kids, juniors and adults, who already know how to ride middle range (red) slopes in a controllable manner.

Filming video at private lessons

By choosing a private lesson with the duration of 1h 45min, you can request that your skiing is filmed. Video offers you a detailed description of your strengths and shows points of improvement. Video analysis and training done accordingly suit well for alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing as well as cross-country skate style skiing. When making your private lesson reservation, please tell us your request for this service.

Book private lessons

You can book private lessons for yourself, your child, your family or for a group of friends. We recommend booking the lesson well in advance, by 15.00 the previous day the latest. When booking the lesson you'll receive further details on how to prepare for the lesson and where the meeting place is situated. Private lessons are paid at the ski school's office.

Booking online request form

Bookings can be made also by email by calling +358 400 101 636 or on the spot.

Please remember to check the ski school's booking and cancellation terms.

Price list for private lessons 2018-2019

30 min first-time ski lesson for 3-4 yrs / Snowboard lesson for 5-6 yrs
1 person 35€

50 min
1 person 57€, +12€/ additional person

1h 45 min
1 person 114€, +24€/ additional persons up to 6th person
7-10 persons group 258€

2h 45 min
1 person 171€, +36€/ additional persons up to 6th person
7-10 persons group 387€

Ski passes, first-time skiing/snowboarding experience

If you are complete beginner, you will need usually for the first 2 lesson at least the Rosa & Rudolf Family Park - ticket (10€/person/day). You may also upgrade that ticket to include use of the Gondola lift. The upgrade fee is 3-11 years: 8€, and teen & adults: 12€. The combination day ticket for Gondola lift and Family Park is from 3-11 years: 18€, and teen & adults: 22€. 

For your next lesson(s) to improve your skills to next level, usually during the 3rd lesson you should be ready to learn to use other lifts (pole-lift, Gondola-lift, chair-lifts) and ski/board down at blue level slopes - and you need normal lift ticket (that also has access to Rosa & Rudolf Family Park). 

Ski School's LOW SEASON offer

For the first time beginner lesson
either 3h or 1 day equipment rent -50%

The offer is valid from the opening of the Rosa & Rudolf Family Park - 21.12.2018 /
10.1.–10.2.2019 / 11.3.–14.4.2019 / 22.4.–5.5.2019

This rental equipment-offer must be paid with the lesson at Ski School or Rental & Lift sales desk before you go and fill out the rental information form. Remember to be at the rental at least 45 minutes before the lesson starts. 


If you don't have your own equipment, you can rent them in advance online and collect them ready packed from the online rental shop's service desk at VuosselinPortti or PisteVuokraamo. You can pick up the equipment already the previous day by 18.00, once you've received a text message from the rental shop. VuosselinPortti rental shop is situated close by the ski school's group course meeting place. Private lessons start either near PisteVuokraamo (at Ruka Village), VuosselinPortti or Rosa & Rudolf Family Park (at Ruka Valley, East Ruka).

Go to online rental shop

We advice you to arrive to the rental shop at least 30min before the lesson starts. During high season we recommend you to come to the rental shop at least 45min before the lesson starts. If you don't want to rent the equipment online, you can speed up running your errands by filling in the eRentalForm.
Once you've sent out the information you don't have to fill in the paper form at the Rental Shops. When you arrive to the Rental Shop you can proceed by following the signs and at the rental desk your information is found from our system with your name.

Online rental shop price list available here.

You can also rent ski clothing from the rental shop.

Ski School meeting points

1. RUKA VALLEY / Rosa & Rudolf Family Park (at East Ruka): ski school meeting sign @ BISTRO is in front of the Ski Bistro restaurant terrace and nearby the entrance gate to Family Park and bottom station of the Gondola lift. 
2. VUOSSELINPORTTI meeting sign is at slope side of the VuosselinPortti rental house (at East Ruka). If you are complete beginner, we can also make first exercises there (on flat area), before moving to Rosa & Rudolf Family Park (about 5 min walk).  
3. RUKA VILLAGE: Ski school meeting sign @ PISTE is beside of the Piste Rental house front door, next to Gondola Bottom station. If you are complete beginner; you could also start the lesson from this meeting point and go together with your instructor to Gondola lift and to Rosa & Rudolf Family Park to learn to ski/snowboard.

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