Skiing events for all tastes
Pielisen jäähiihto (‘Lake Pielinen Ice Skiing Event’) on 27th February is an excursion-type skiing event that is skied between Koli and Vuonislahti. There is no charge and no timetable. You can ski the distance you want at your own pace, and there are intermediate stopping points. The whole trail is 40-50 kilometres. www.koli.fi.
Ruunaan koskihiihto (‘Ruunaa Rapids Skiing Event’) on 28th February is an event for traditional cross-country skiing. The trail goes along the rapids in the Ruunaa hiking area. For the distance, you can choose 12, 22, or 30 kilometres. www.ruunaanmatkailu.fi.
The Kolin Maisemahiihto scenic skiing event on 5th and 6th March offers a choice of ten routes through the most magnificent landscapes of Koli. The distances range from 6 to 69 kilometres. www.maisemahiihto.fi.
Ahmanhiihto (‘Wolverine Skiing Event’) on 11th and 12th March is the 42nd in succession. The trail traverses the landscapes of Ahmovaara, Kopravaara, Koli, and Räsävaara. The distances range from 10 to 50 kilometres. Bus transportation from Helsinki is available. www.ahmanhiihto.fi.
Paaterin kuutamohiihto (‘Paateri Moonlight Skiing Event’) is held at the time of full moon in March. The lantern-lit trail of 2-3 kilometres goes round Sammallampi Pond. The Paateri café is open.
Majatalosta majataloon (‘From Guesthouse to Guesthouse’) is a skiing trek from Valtimo to Nurmes via four guesthouses. The four stops are Guesthouse Puukarin Pysäkki, Laitalan Lomat Countryside Holidays, Guesthouse Pihlajapuu, and the Männikkölä Cabin. There are four sets of dates to choose from: 3rd to 7th March, 10th to 14th March, 17th to 21st March, and 24th to 28th March. The day’s journeys range between 15 and 30 kilometres.