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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 slopes around Ruka ski resort.
Private lesson is always proceeded according to
the participants' age and development of the skills.

Alpine skiing skill levels

Whether you are skiing now for the first time or you have tried it once or twice before, and you still can’t stop and / or make smooth turns on the easy (green) slope. First you will learn moving on flat ground, how to slide straight and how to stop on easy slope. We will also exercise the basics of turning on easy slope. You will learn how to use magic carpet lift. We will also practice safe fall and how to get up. You will also learn slope rules.

You already know how to ski gentle slopes by stemming, how to stop in a controllable manner and use a ski lift. On this level lesson the aim is to learn to ski with parallel skis and to bring more flow in your skiing. You will also gain confidence to become confident skier even in red level slopes. You will also learn how to use different type of ski-lift(s) safety.

You already ski middle range slopes in a controllable manner with parallel skis. However, on steeper spots of the slopes, you might feel slightly insecure and occasionally lose control of the speed/balance. You will exercise techniques to allow you to ski challenging slopes with nice pace and confidence.

You can already ski good pace with parallel skis even at steeper slopes. We will practice f.ex. carving technique, to be able to ski sportier and faster on more demanding slopes. Versatile practice improves balance and board control in all situations.

Freestyle jumps and rails, Half Pipe etc. special skills training lessons are well suited for snowboarders, 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 2020-2021

30 min first-time ski lesson for 3-4 yrs / Snowboard lesson for 5-6 yrs
1 person 36€, to continue the taster lesson +20min: 22€

50 min
1 person 58€, +13€ additional person

1h 45 min
1 person 116€, +26€ / each additional person

2h 45 min
1 person 174€, +39€ / each additional person

Ski passes, first-time skiing/snowboarding experience

If you are complete beginner, you will need usually for the first two lessons at least the Rosa & Rudolf Family Park - ticket (10€/person/day). Or you may also buy the combination day ticket for the use of Gondola lift and Family Park entrance, that is from 3-11 years: 18€/day, and teen & adults: 22€/day. 

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'll then need normal lift ticket (that also has access to Rosa & Rudolf Family Park). 

Read more about all kind of lift-ticket prices. Shop Ski Passes online and save 5%.
Ski passes that are bought latest the previous day before midnight will get 5% discount!

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 – 20.12.2020 /
11.1.–14.2.2021 / 15.3.–31.3.2021 / 5.4.–9.5.2021

This rental equipment-offer must be paid first 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

If you have not pre-booked equipment, 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. Please, notice the time what is needed for a transport from your rental to the right meeting point.

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 is 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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