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Left yesterday for Ruka in Finland. All was well Manchester to Frankfurt then to Kuusamo all with Lufthansa. Got to Frankfurt, complete chaos at security. Queue so long as missed connecting flight. So 3 and half hour queue for Lufthansa service centre. (Lots of missed flights to all over!) Eventually were sent to get a rebook. So 6.50 flight this morning Frankfurt to Warsaw. We are now in Warsaw airport waiting to flight to Helsinki then a connection into Kuusamo. Should arrive by 9.30 tonight instead of 4.30 yesterday! Lufthansa staff were very good given the security issues aren't their responsibility. However we had to have a hotel and that will be something for me to chase with airport operator when we get back. Anyway fingers crossed for rest of day!
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@lpsmc1, oh no. How frustrating. Was it Frankfurt terminal 1? There are often long queues for no aparent reason. So much for German efficiency.

Normally at the service centre you’d get flight re-booked, food voucher, and hotel arrangements. The hotel piece didn’t happen?

Hope the new journey goes well!
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Yes terminal 1. Because it wasn't Lufthansa it was airport issue no, no hotel part, but I enjoy a challenge so I will go through what it takes to get compensation from Frankfurt airport! We were rebooked with no charge. Yes I thought that about German efficiency. I won't say a thing about Heathrow again!
Thanks will post tomorrow if/when we get there!
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Sounds, well, testing.... Evil or Very Mad Hope the rest of your trip makes up for it. Let the forum know about conditions, please. Merry Xmas snowHead
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Sorry only just got some wifi! None in the cabin. Conditions are variable. Little snow compared to normal but slopes all open. Some are rather chill factoresque by end of day! Basically they need a bit more natural snow. We have had a great holiday though, that is despite managing to lock ourselves out of the cabin on Christmas night and having to stay in a hotel (all Mr lpsmc's fault obviously!) Junior really loved ski school and they worked all week on carving. This is undergoing a lot of development and my only concern is that it will become overcrowded. The slopes aren't massive and decidedly busier than we have seen before.
Well let's see if we get back without incident tomorrow
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@lpsmc1, hope the journey home was less stressful than the outbound - been ogling the Ruka webcams for ages watching the numbers of skiers increase daily. Been looking forward to reading your trip report snowHead
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In Kuusamo airport and plans to Frankfurt has just arrived. It was snowing a bit when we left Ruka this morning. I will do a trip report once i am back in rainy Manchester.
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Back from Ruka. Quick trip report. Debacle getting there described above! However having spoken to cabin rental company no problem picking up keys at 1030pm on Sunday night. Got taxi from airport. 62 euros which was ok. Got i to cabin and unpacked and into bed by midnight.
Monday morning (Xmas eve) got taxi to ski school meeting point just to save us time but used ski link and ski bus rest of week. Son into ski school, 1hr 45mins. He was in a group of 3 who got all over the slopes and really focused on carving skills. He skis weekly but thoroughly enjoyed ski school, both the instructor and the other two lads. Husband and I skied round route 24 and 25. Not as much snow as before but slopes in good condition.
Collected son from ski school and took gondola back into ruka village as slopes close at 2 on Xmas eve and we had to get to supermarket having arrived late. Went to supermarket then to Colorado for some lunch. Husband and won had burgers, I had tortilla. Prices similar to UK. Ski bus stopped at 2.15 on Xmas eve so decided we would walk back to cabin. Bad idea! We ended up in totally wrong area (next to school) where we asked some hockey p!ayers for directions. One kindly drive us back to our cabin (there are kind people everywhere!) Husband and son piled into back of old vw golf with the hockey sticks and me up front to help with directions! I Will always remember that act of kindness. It was a good 15 min drive! Will continue in a moment Christmas night is even better
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Tuesday (Xmas day) lessons started at 12 so got ski bus into ruka then skied across to Vuosseli ski point. Husband and I had lesson which was good. Worked in our carving skills giving us p!entry to work with. 2cm of new snow had fallen so lovely in the morning. Slopes were quite busy. Queue at Vuoselli express lift which I have never seen before. Collected son from ski schoo! And lunch in ski bistro restaurant. Skied Saarua slopes in afternoon but they were starting to get icy patches, but like chill factor!icy patches and snow scraped off! Skied til around 5pm and headed back in ski bus to cabin. Got to cabin and husband announced we are locked out. He is in charge of keys ( me everything else!)and cabin key inside door shut with us outside. Couldn't get hold of management company so ended up in Scandic hotel in ruka village that night.
Got hold of management company on boxing day and picked up spare key.
Thursday husband and I had another lesson with Ivan. His English was patchy but his teaching was excellent. Really felt like I improved confidence after that lesson. Son snowboarder Thursday afternoon so around Saarua again.
Friday morning son i ski school then he boarded in the afternoon.
Sat was leaving. Taxi back to airport.
All in all we had a lovely week but ruka definitely busier than before and it really needed more snow. Cabin was lovely and temp not that cold. Only around -8. Third time to ruka but not sure about going back. Lots of development going on so more people but same slopes. Def was more kids snowploughing straight down red slopes and more skiers who were out of their depth on some slopes. I
Now trying to decide where to go next Xmas! Yes I am open to suggestions just not France!
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I had a flashback to our trip to ruka about 5 years ago when I saw this thread. We had a great time but were delayed 11 hours coming back - 9 hours in the Subway restaurant with 2 young kids. The resort was lovely and quiet so it’s a shame it’s gotten so busy. We subsequently went to Trysil in Norway and loved it. Trying France for the first time this year!!
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@bambionskis we are going to kvitfjell in Norway at Easter and are really considering either hafjell or trysil for Xmas 2019. Trysil does look good.
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I did a week with the kids in Trysil 3 or 4 years ago. It was really good skiing and not too busy considering it was UK half term. Food and beer was damned expensive, which was the only downside, but you can take wine in with you and or buying at airport duty free on arrival.
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Yes we have skied in Finland and Norway before and are well aware of the prices! Trysil looks like it is quite large by scandi standards. Going to look again at accommodation there.
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I would say don’t go self-catering to Trysil. We went to the radisson twice on half board. Being stingy, we took a box of wine for the evenings (4 x tins of cider there = £24!), raided the breakfast buffet for lunch (took sandwich bags lol) and had tap water at the table for dinner. Whilst it was initially expensive, we hardly spent any money there so actually wasn’t too bad. The third time we went self catering to the other radisson (Park Inn) which wasn’t as good and ended up seriously expensive. The bus from the airport (approx 2 hours) was about £100 return for us 4 I think.

Hardly any lift queues. I loved the skiing but there are a lot of drag lifts. This is handy though on the windy days as it means they can still stay open. A good number of blues and reds and some of the blacks looked very challenging. The Park Inn side has some gorgeous greens - absolutely perfect for beginners.
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@bambionskis thanks for that Trysil info. Husband and I happy on blues and reds. Junior will ski/board anything hence he gets packed off with an instructor! You are persuading me about Trysil as I had considered it!
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lpsmc1 wrote:
@bambionskis we are going to kvitfjell in Norway at Easter and are really considering either hafjell or trysil for Xmas 2019. Trysil does look good.


I’m all booked for Hafjell in February holidays. I’d be interested to know your thoughts if you do go.
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I have taken the plunge and booked flights to Oslo for Xmas week 2019 and am still looking at Hafjell. Would love to hear your thoughts @lee985 after you have been.
Looking at Hafjell Hotel full board package.

We aren't looking for miles and miles of piste just easy cruisy stuff and being out in the winter environment. Hence the massive alps ski areas just don't appeal.
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@Ipsmc1, Will let you know.
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lpsmc1 wrote:
I have taken the plunge and booked flights to Oslo for Xmas week 2019 and am still looking at Hafjell. Would love to hear your thoughts @lee985 after you have been.
Looking at Hafjell Hotel full board package.

We aren't looking for miles and miles of piste just easy cruisy stuff and being out in the winter environment. Hence the massive alps ski areas just don't appeal.


Very sensible to go full board!
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We were going to Kvitfjell 7 -14 April. Were going self catering but decided last night to go to Hafjell instead. Full board and easier to get to via bus from Lillehammer. Thanks @bambionskis as we were weighing up half board. It's along time since I have been to Norway but I do remember it was expensive!
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@lpsmc1, when you were out in Ruka, what was the snow like, and what's your guess as to what it's like now? (Off there soon, trying to decide which skis to take, piste or twin tip wider AMs.)
I was out about this time 2 years ago and it was pretty hard crusty to mildly soft groomed at best, hard frozen courderoy at first and nothing really soft to any depth. Compared that to Pyha, where it was all lovely soft, deep and only semi groomed. Ruka doesn't seem to have much side of piste or trees to play in, iirc.
My AMs were struggling last time (or at least not at their best), really wish I'd had the piste skis. Will Sod's Law this year say if I take the piste ones, them I should have taken the AMs?
Cheers.
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lpsmc1 wrote:
We were going to Kvitfjell 7 -14 April. Were going self catering but decided last night to go to Hafjell instead. Full board and easier to get to via bus from Lillehammer. Thanks @bambionskis as we were weighing up half board. It's along time since I have been to Norway but I do remember it was expensive!


We went to Lillehammer a few Christmas’ ago and skied at Hafjell and Kvitfjell. Stayed in a hotel in Lillehammer as I had points to use, but forgot that means eating out every meal (at Norwegian prices...). At that time the snow was better at Kvitfjell, but it was early season. It also feels a bit bigger, as you can ski down both sides of the mountain. We hired a car from Oslo. Car hire from Oslo has always been one of the things I’ve found to be surprisingly reasonable.
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Snow at Ruka @Grizzler is what you said. Not much depth at all. Less this year than most years as well. Snow was hard packed then bashed and groomed, corduroy in morning. I would probably take the piste skis. Can't see there being much call for wider skis. Big park area if that's your thing. Lots of little park rats around at Xmas!
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@themasterpiece. Thanks for that. Considered carbide but will use train then bus. I agree Kvitfjell seems bigger but honestly we don t need miles of piste to keep us happy. We see it as a holiday where we ski rather than a full on ski trip. I do like ski I g in Scandinavia so will get to kvitfjell and Sweden is get to be explored! Done with Finland for a bit I think
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Sorry car hire not carbide! Predictive text just came up with dad hire for car hire.
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Thanks @lpsmc1. half negates the point of going to Lapland (especially given what's in Austria at the mo). Still, there were other valid reasons for choosing to go there again.
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