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Biathlon is one of the most international sports in Vuokatti and its roots originate even earlier than the 1970´s. Skiing and shooting can be combined together all year round at our biathlon track. During the summer season you are able to train with rollerskis on our extensive tracks and after the first snow ski track opens on the 10th of October, you are able to practice on snow. For those who wish to practice their skiing skills on snow all year round, it is possible in our indoor ski tunnel.
Our biathlon range is an outdoor range and can fit 33 shooters at once. The range is designed for small caliber rifles, and also air rifles. The VuokattiSport biathlon range is equipped with WindTrainer-equipment, which teaches the shooter on how to take into consideration different ballistic conditions. Here in Vuokatti we aim for sustainable development. The targets have bulletcatchers equipped to them so, we make sure no heavy metals end into the environment. We recycle all of the bullets and shells to keep our environment as clean as possible.
The Olympic Training Center can rent a variety of different high tech equipment for you to use,. We have camera based technology, eco-weapons (3 weapons) to WindTrainer- windagetraining equipment to further your shooting skills.
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The biathlon stadium of Vuokatti is in use in both the summer and the winter. On the 50m range, there are 33 shooting places, it is lit up and its automatic target systems are equipped with lead catchers which collect the bullets shot. For the use of people who are physically disabled or visually impaired, a 20-lane target apparatus is available if required, equipped with air-rifle targets and lead catchers. Both the ranges meet the requirements of the IBU and IPC for competitions. The development area related to the Clubavana shooting range is the construction of a smaller, 5-lane 50m shooting range for practice use next to the exit of the ski tunnel.
The overall length of the trail Vuokatti trail network (lower and higher terrain) is 150 kilometres, of which 120 kilometres are fixed up every winter for both kinds of skiing. There are 32 kilometres of lit-up trails in Vuokatti. The lights are not turned on if the temperature is -20˚C or below. Lights turn on at 07:00 am and turn off at 9:30pm. The routes of both the lower and higher terrain start from the Vuokatti Hall car park. To improve safety we use wider trails in downhill.
The lower terrain of Vuokatti Sport
The routes of the lower terrain mainly go through dry forest terrain. The small hills are relatively steep, but still short enough for enjoyable skiing. In the Hiihtomaa ski centre of the lower terrain of the Sports Institute, you can learn skiing techniques and go downhill, either with skis or with other devices.
The trails of the fell, i.e. the higher terrain
The higher terrain trails go through a demanding fell landscape where the height differentials are large; as much as 165 metres. There are trekking routes or racing trails of 5–30 kilometres to choose from. From the basic network, there are connecting trails to the accommodation companies in the Vuokatti area and an ice trail to Sotkamo. In Sotkamo, the skiing is on the trails of Hiukka, and there are also routes to choose from to the travel companies to the east and south of Sotkamo. Rest opportunities along the trail network are offered by the huts and lean-tos marked on the trail map.
Aurinkolatu Sun skiing tour
Vaarankylä Cross Country tour
Jäätiö fitness track
On 10.10. every year at 10 am we open the first snow trail.
The earlier you get to train on real snow, the better the training of the winter season will be. In Vuokatti, the first snow track goes around the biathlon range, from which there is a direct connection to the ski tunnel. Tens of thousands of cubic metres of snow are stored every year for the first snow track and for making repairs necessitated by possible rains. In this way, the maximum effectiveness is obtained from training on real snow. After the opening of the first snow track, the hiking routes of Vuokatti are still snow-free, so combining the morning ski training with a round of Nordic walking, for example, makes training diverse.
When the first snow track opens at 10th of October the length is about 1.5 km. From that we continue making the track longer and longer and in its entirety, the length of the first snow track is as much as 9-10 km, weather permitting.
At the moment we have 3 km of first snow track open, check the following map!
Ski tunnel/first snow trail, tel. +358 44 414 8812, E-mail: email@example.com
Vuokatti Sport offers the snow conditions for cross-country skiing 365 days a year. The world’s first cross-country ski tunnel is 1.2 km long and makes summer training possible on a well-kept trail that follows the terrain of Vuokatti with its uphills and downhills. The trail suits both classic and skate skiing. Thanks to the even temperature of the tunnel, training is also possible during the cold days of winter.
In addition to the ski tunnel it is also possible to ski outside starting 10th of October every year because that’s when we open the first snow track! So remember 10-10-10, 10th of October 10 o’clock! Every year!
Ski tunnel sales is open every day at 9-18 (except 1pm-2pm)
Prices until 9th Oct:
Ski tunnel 15€ adult day ticket and 7,50 € child u12yrs.
5 days ticket 60 € adult and 30€ child u12yrs
Prices from 10th Oct:
Ski tunnel + First snow track (starting 10th October)
Day ticket 20€ adult and 10€ child (4-11)
5 days ticket: 80€ adult and 40€ child
“Test Round” in the ski tunnel 10€. This includes full equipment (skis, boots and poles) and one lap of skiing in the tunnel. Valid during the opening hours of the ski tunnel.
-50% off from the Day Ticket for those who are accommodating in Vuokatti Sport
Tunnel and First Snow Track are open from 10th Oct every day at 8-19.
Exception: tunnel is closed for maintenance: 7.-8.9. and 5.-6.10.
Facts about the ski tunnel:
Ski Tunnel/ First Snow Track
In Vuokatti, the roller-skiing circuit is next to the ski tunnel and links up with the walking and cycling routes, so combined training is easy. Endurance can be worked on by going up to Vuokatinvaara to a height of 130 metres or by combining roller-skiing with a hiking route in the spectacular landscapes of Vuokatti. The roller-skiing circuit also passes in front of the biathlon stadium, which makes it possible to do biathlon training.
The roller-skiing circuit:
The Vuokatinvaara ascent:
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2. Ski tunnel
12. Roller-skiing circuit
15. Biathlon stadium