Activities for the winter

Group games                                                              

Group games such as BallBouncer, KinBall or FunBattle. The games are all interactive grouping games which are fun, exciting and excellent for getting to know one another as a team.

Escape Forest                                                             

Escape Forest is like Escape Room taken to the next level. It is an interactive and intuitive real-life mystery game. You are given a task and a map from where you and your team will find clues to solving the tale based mystery with only 90 minutes time to solve it. During the 90 minutes you and your group will be looking for clues, combining them and finding a way of solving the mystery.

The game requires logical thinking ability, creativity, intelligence, and each input is useful. It is great for grouping and teambuilding and suits ages 12+.  The recommended group size is 2-7 persons. Larger groups will be divided into smaller groups. Themes vary according to season.

XC-skiing lesson at the ski tunnel                                          

Cross-country lesson takes place at Vuokatti ski-tunnel, which is the world’s first indoor ski tunnel that was built in Vuokatti in 1997.  The aim of the ski tunnel is creating perfect conditions for the professional athlete’s trainings on the natural snow in summer time.

The Ski Tunnel is Vuokatti’s one of the craziest innovations, which gained recognition all around the world. Nowadays Vuokatti Sports Institute uses it as one of the training venues.  High-standard conditions inside the tunnel allow skiing all year round. Air and snow conditions in the ski tunnel are maintained by using the latest computer technology. The temperature is maintained at -5 – -9 degrees, but if needed, it can be dropped to -18 degrees. The air renovation cycle is 4 hours and all the tracks are groomed by machines. The snow machines inside the tunnel can make new snow, if needed.

Length: 1,2 km (one round 2,4 km)
Width: 8 m
Height difference HD: 18 m
Total climb TC: 51 m / 2,4 km
Temperature: -5 – -9 0 C

XC-skiing lesson

Learn to cross-country ski with the pros! Our Professional coaches will tidy up your technique for a more fun experience. We offer lessons for beginners as well as training for advanced athletes. We tailor all lessons based on the groups or and individuals experience and level of talent.

To participate, you do not need previous knowledge or experience as you will learn proper cross-country skiing techniques along the way with help from real experts. We will help you master And the best the right kind of swing, kick, how to use your poles properly and maybe even a new skating style. All lessons are an easy to follow, practical, and understandable manner.

XC-skiing and traditional sausage roasting at a bonfire                  

The outdoor skiing season starts traditionally on October 10th at 10 am as the First-Snow Ski Track opens. The opening of the first snow track is a significant matter for true cross-country skiers.

The opening of the track is possible due to snow being stored during the previous winter. It is spread thickly on the track and soon after the track is ready for all skiers.

Snowshoe Safari to the Forest

Snowshoeing is a relatively easy sport that provides an enjoyable source of exercise.  We provide a unique and memorable way to capture Vuokatti’s beauty and wonder. We have numerous routs for beginners to intermediate adventurers that are willing to discover our snow-covered paradise.

Downhill ski class                                                       

Vuokatti Slopes are notable for the compact location of trails and safe skiing environment. The difficulty levels vary from beginners to experienced level skiers. For professionals and experienced skiers and snowboarders, there are extreme trails marked black, including Superpipe and SlopeStyle slopes. The group-classification of the children is primarily determined by their skiing skills and the age.

Level 1 beginner class is for skiing or snowboarding. Children will learn basic skiing or snowboarding skills such as getting to know the equipment, learn to stop and to control the speed through play and games.

Level 2 beginner class takes place at beginner tracks on the slopes. Our professional instructors will guide beginners through their first moves on the real slope and share tips on improving technique.

Vuokatti Ski School also provides special courses for adults who want to learn the basics in alpine skiing, snowboarding or telemark skiing as well as personalized training for skiers searching to improve and or to add speed for high-performance downhill skiing.

 

Curling lesson

Curling is an Olympic Sport played by teams with a strategist and caption. The game is taken place on Ice.  This course is ideal for those who have never tried the sport before, but are curious to learn the basics. This is the perfect opportunity to try it out in a pressure free environment.
The lesson starts with an ice safety meeting prior to stepping on the ice. During this lesson you will learn to deliver, sweep and learn a few fine pointers and secrets to the game.

Ice Skating lesson

Ice Skating is one of the World’s most popular winter sport. It involves any sports or recreational activity which consists of traveling on surfaces or on ice using skates such as figure skating, hockey, speed skating, you name it.

During the skating lesson you will learn basic skating skills and figure skating through games, trick tracks and with a variety of teaching tools. There is no requirement of earlier experience needed to attend the lesson. You only need a helmet and skates to learn to gracefully soar on ice.

Winter Adventure Day                                                              

We highly recommend this course as this course includes a sled dog ride, ice fishing and cooking traditional foods at a warm & cozy cabin. You will have a chance to join in the magic of sled dogs and feel the excitement build as the dogs take you on an unforgettable ride. You will also have a chance to get to know each Husky individual by the end of your trip around Nuppu’s and Nallo’s Winter Trail. This is a safe route that can be driven by adults as well as older children.

The day continues to a frozen lake where you may start by choosing the right fishing spot. The beauty of ice fishing lies in its simplicity – everyone can do it. Once you’ve chosen your fishing spot, all you need to do is to drill a hole in the ice with a core drill, oh, and of course have the fishing equipment with you! Catching the fish is largely down to luck, although experienced fishermen have an advantage as they understand how the fish behave around the year and how the wind direction plays a role in it. However, it is always good to remember that catching a fish is a bonus, not the purpose!

Most likely you are to get lucky though as Vuokatti waters have various fishes, such as pike, perch, whitefish, brown and rainbow trout, and grayling. Our professional guide will show you what ice fishing is about and the fishing can start.

By the end of the adventure we will be cooking our prey at a nice and cozy cabin by the fireside and enjoying a nice dinner!

Snow sculpture making                                                             

Snow sculptures are designed and made by human with using only snow as its material! In Vuokatti we are so promoted to this that we use snow for everything, everywhere. The sculptures can be abstract or realistic and can be functional or purely decorative. This is an easy and fun activity for the students, especially when the temperatures get really cold.

Traditional Finnish sauna – Smoke sauna                                                                                                 

Sauna is such a big part of Finnish culture it can’t be compared to anything else. Finland has a population of 5.4 million and about 2 million saunas — one for every three inhabitants. In the winter, the freezing temperatures provide interesting contrasts and supplementary activities to steaming hot saunas. Dipping in icy lakes and rolling in the snow are said to be good for blood circulation, but most do them simply for the incredible rush.

Vuokatti Sport Institute have three places with saunas: lakeside saunas, classic Finnish sauna in Vuokattihall sport complex, as well as a traditional smoke sauna on the lakeside providing you the true sauna experience.

Sauna Treatments

It is also possible to combine luxurious treatments to your sauna experience as we offer herb baths or peat treatments to go with it. The herbs and peat are gathered freshly from the surrounding Forests. Both herbs and peat have multiple health benefits to ensure your wellbeing.

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