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.

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.

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. Read more about Freestyle Skiing skills.

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.

Price list for private lessons 2021-2022

30 min first-time ski lesson for 3-4 yrs / Snowboard lesson for 5-6 yrs
1 person 37€, to continue the taster lesson +20min: 22€

50 min
1 person 59€, +13,50€ additional person

1h 45 min
1 person 118€, +27€ / each additional person

2h 45 min
1 person 177€, +40,50€ / each additional person

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 – 21.12.2021 /
10.1.–13.2.2022 / 14.3.–13.4.2022 / 18.4.–8.5.2022

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.

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