Skiing tracks in Saariselkä

According to locals and most of the visitors in Saariselkä, cross-country skiing tracks and winter trails are the best in the world. Every skier can experience the joy of skiing on tracks suitable for their own skill level on well maintained ski tracks. We open the tracks when the weather permits, when it is certain that the frost will continue steadily. Saariselkä is very much snow-proof and there is enough snow from October or November until the beginning of May! Many people don’t know that in April we have the best weather and tracks. In Saariselkä you can enjoy the kilometers of leisurely skiing or seek a training challenge in the embrace of our fells.

Ski track report January 15th 2024

Snow depth: 75cm

Classic and freestyle:

  • Saariselkä – Laanila – Kiilopää – Kakslauttanen     20km
  • Kuutamolatu      6km
  • Prospektori     2km
  • Saariselkä – Lutto     7km
  • Saariselkä – Kaunispää – Palo-oja  8km
  • Piispanoja – Rumakuru      4km
  • Rumakuru – Luulampi – Kiilopää  12km
  • Hirvaskuru  3km
  • Iisakkipää     4km
  • Ahopää     5km
  • Ahopään välilatu     1,5km
  • Sivakkaoja  5km

The ski trails are only for cross-country skiing. Walking and cycling is not allowed.

Winter trail report February 14th 2024

Snow depth: 80cm

Open winter trails:

  • Saariselkä (reittien lähtöpaikka) – Laanila – Viskitie 5km
  • Viskitie – Laanilan Kievari – Saariselkä 5km
  • Laanila – Piispanoja – Viskitie 5km
  • Kaunispää 4km
  • Laanila – Rönkönlampi – Kiilopää 11km
  • Latvakuru 1,5km
  • Kiilopää – Sivakkalaavu – Wilderness Hotel Muotka – Kiilopää 12km
  • Ruijanpolku 3,5km

Ski tracks in winter 23/24

The new ski season starts in October-November. The first snow track will be made of artificial snow when the weather is cold enough for snow making.

You can follow the maintenance in real time in Infokartta.

Sustainable skiing tracks

The ski season traditionally starts in Saariselkä with a cannon snow track and natural snow. Saariselkä does not store snow, because we want to act in accordance with nature’s annual natural cycle.

Making the first snow track starts as soon as the temperature drops permanently below zero. The track is made first with artificial snow, and successful cannoning requires a longer period of frost. To be more sustainable, we do not make snow or tracks with zero temperatures or above, because the track base melts and does not stay in its shape under the paver. Following the nature´s annual natural cycle, we can reduce our consumption of energy when maintaining the tracks.

First snow ski track is easy to find, as it runs along the edge of Saariselkä village all the way to Laanila village.

The priming of natural snow tracks starts when there is enough snow. It is difficult to estimate the sufficient amount because, as all skiers know, there are differences in the snow quality. The quality and quantity of snow together ensure that the track surface is durable.

The maintenance schedule for the season in general:

Ski track Saariselkä

As soon as the snow conditions permit, the following ski tracks will be opened

  • Saariselkä – Laanila – Kiilopää – Kakslauttanen – Tieva/Muotka
  • Kuutamolatu skiing track
  • Prospektori
  • Koiralatu Saariselkä – Luttotupa
  • Sivakkaoja
  • Ahopää
  • Ahopään välilatu
  • Saariselkä – Rumakuru – Piispanoja

In week 51 and week 8, the following ski tracks will be opened

In week 51, the following tracks will be opened:

  • Kiilopää – Luulampi – Rumakuru
  • Saariselkä – Kaunispää – Palo-oja

In week 8, the following tracks will be opened:

  • Palo-oja – Moitakuru – Luttotupa
  • Iisakkipää
  • Lutto – Taajoslaavu – Luulampi
  • kaikki luontoladut

Phased closing of the ski tracks in spring

Due to the unstable operating environment, we reserve the right to make changes to the schedules during the season. In Lapland North, there usually is still enough snow for skiing in early May.