Activities for the winter
Group games, such as BallBouncer, KinBall and FunBattle, are fun and interactive. And they’re excellent at developing a sense of community.
Escape Forest, similar to the widely-popular “Escape Room” concept, is an interactive mystery game. Students are given a map and a mission, directing them to find clues in order to solve an enthralling mystery.
This 90-minute game requires logical thinking, creativity, and perseverance. It is great for team-building, especially for students above the age of 11. The recommended group size is 2-7 persons. Larger groups will be divided into smaller groups. Themes vary depending on the season.
XC-skiing lesson in the ski tunnel
Cross-country lessons take place in Vuokatti’s indoor ski-tunnel, the first of its kind. Built in 1997, this innovative ski tunnel offers the ideal conditions for professional athletes: fresh air and well—groomed, natural snow — all year round.
The temperature remains at -50C to -90C (230F to 160F) and the air renewal cycle is four hours. The snow machines inside the tunnel produce new snow, if needed.
Length: 1,2 km (one round is 2,4 km)
Width: 8 m
Height difference HD: 18 m
Total climb TC: 51 m / 2,4 km
Temperature: -50C to -90C (230F to 160F)
XC-skiing lesson and traditional sausage-roasting over a bonfire
The outdoor skiing season starts, traditionally, on October 10th at 10 A.M. with the opening of the “First-Snow Ski Track,” an event widely celebrated by dedicated skiers. Choose this activity for an unforgettable outing, including a customized skiing lesson and a delicious Finnish snack over a bonfire.
Snowshoe safari in the forest
Snowshoeing is a relatively easy sport that offers plenty of enjoyment and exercise. Vuokatti contains numerous trails, suitable for beginners and intermediate adventurers.
Downhill skiing class
Conveniently located, Vuokatti Slopes are respected for offering a safe and pleasurable skiing experience. The levels of difficulty vary, providing appropriate challenges to beginners and intermediate skiers. For experienced skiers and snowboarders, there are extreme trails marked in black, including “Superpipe” and “SlopeStyle.”
Vuokatti’s professional instructors guide beginners down the slopes and share valuable tips with experienced skiers who desire to improve their skills.
Winter Adventure Day
This highly recommended program includes a dog sled ride, an ice fishing excursion, and a traditional cooking class.
Purely magical, the dog sled ride is hosted by Vuokatti’s Husky Safari and available all year round. Adults and teenagers can safely steer the sleds on their own while children find comfortable seats onboard, enjoying an unforgettable ride. Experienced guides teach adults and teenagers the basics of driving a dog sled.
The day continues with a trip to a frozen lake where a professional guide introduce students to the joys of ice fishing. Vuokatti waters have various fishes, such as pike, perch, whitefish, trout, and grayling.
At the end of this adventure, students visit a cozy Finnish cabin where they cook fresh fish and enjoy a delicious fireside meal.
Snow sculpture making
This is a relaxed, fun activity, especially when the temperature plummets. Made completely of snow, these beautiful handmade-sculptures leave a lasting impression on students of all ages.
Traditional Finnish sauna – Smoke sauna
In Finland, sauna is a national treasure. This Nordic country has a population of 5.5 million and about 2-million saunas — one for every three inhabitants. No trip to Finland is complete without an authentic sauna experience.
Thankfully, Vuokatti Sport Institute offers several saunas in different locations. Enjoy saunas by the lake, including the traditional smoke sauna, and in the Vuokatti Hall Sports Complex. Book a sauna shift to see why millions of Finns adore this relaxing activity.
Enhance a sauna visit with herbal baths or peat treatments. Gathered from local forests, fresh herbs and peat boost well-being and sweeten the sauna experience.