Hard to imagine a better place to ski with young children. Empty slopes, lovely routes through the forest and the Rosa and Rudolf run with little huts to ski through and real reindeers! Of course this is not the Alps but it doesn't pretend to be. For children and beginners, Ruka wins easily over bigger resorts. We were happy to let our children go off on their own which I definitely wouldn't do in larger resorts. However for advanced skiers there is some challenge -the Finnish downhill team train here- so it's not all gentle swishing.
Ski passes are cheaper than the Alps and the supermarket is well stocked and reasonably priced. It is quite expensive to eat out so we generally ate in the apartment so kept costs down.
Overall an excellent family ski destination.
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