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Vuokatti Sport Olympic Training Center is an athletes dream destination in Finland, but also internationally. We are specialised in winter sports and have all year round facilities. We have a long history of being the training center for competitive Cross Country Skiers amongst Finns but also internationally. Many World Champions and Olympic Gold Medalist have honed their skills and fitness with us.
To become a Champion, it requires first class training facilities and surroundings. Here at Vuokatti in October we are amongst the first countries worldwide to have an outdoor ski track open. Skiing on real snow throughout the year is a possibility at our facilities. We have one of the worlds longest indoor ski tunnels that is open all year round and for those who wish to train outside during the summer season, we have extremely versatile outdoor skiing tracks to provide you the best training conditions possible.
Physically versatile and demanding training is one of the cornerstones to become a stronger athlete. The alternating terrain right outside the training center and the natural height differences will make sure you can make each workout as demanding as you need and meet your workouts goals.
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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. 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Tunnel and First Snow Track are open every day at 8-19.
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
Preparing the first snow track at 2019, different periods:
First snow track 2019 on the 10th of Oct 1,5km
First Snow Track on the 11th of Oct 2km
First Snow Track on the 16th of Oct 2,5km
First Snow Track on the 17th of Oct 3km
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:
On the map:
2. Ski tunnel
12. Roller-skiing circuit
15. Biathlon stadium
Our test centre offers a wide range of different kinds of testing services for your own needs when you want to monitor progress and improve your well-being. The selection includes body composition measurement, different kinds of endurance fitness tests, muscle fitness tests, Huco Sport profiles and, as a new one, Firstbeat measurement.
We make use of testing services in individual coaching, as well as in the well-being at work coaching for companies. On the basis of the measurements, it is possible to provide a tailor-made service and training programmes to ensure development for our customers. With the aid of the testing, you learn to utilise test results in training and the monitoring tests offer an excellent tool for keeping track of development.
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