Cross ski locations
During winters with plenty of snow, an extensive cross-country skiing track network is available to skiers, and at its best, it offers about 200 kilometres worth of tracks to explore. In recent years though snow has been poor and many locals have travelled further north in search of better quality conditions.
The state of the skiing tracks can be monitored through the skiing track service, which includes the following, track-specific information: the date the track was last maintained or its state inspected, its lengths and lighting, and the recommended skiing style.
Skiing tracks in Helsinki
- Herttoniemi sports park skiing track 1 km
- Herttoniemi sports park skiing track 2 km
- Herttoniemi sports park skiing track 3 km
- Herttoniemi sports park skiing track 5 km
- Heteniitty sports field skiing track 1 km
- Kivinokka – Kehä 1 skiing track
- Malmi airfield skiing track 5.7 km
- Maunula skiing track 1.5 km
- Meri-Rastila skiing track 2.5 km
- Mustavuori skiing track 2.4 km
- Oulunkylä sports park skiing track 1.8 km
- Paloheinä skiing track 1.8 km
- Paloheinä skiing track 3 km
- Paloheinä skiing track 5.2 km
- Paloheinä skiing track 7.5 km
- Pirkkola sports park skiing track 3 km
- Pitäjänmäki skiing track 1.3 km
- Puistola sports park skiing track 1 km
- Siltamäki sports park skiing track 2.8 km
- Tali skiing track 6.5 km
- Tapulikaupunki sports park skiing track 1 km
Indoor and outdoor skiing
Ski tracks are prepared and maintained regularly in Helsinki from autumn to spring. The skiing season starts as early as late September in the Kivikko Skiing Hall. This indoor hall makes skiing possible during the mild and largely snow-less early winter. The Kivikko Hall will be open for as long as there is no proper winter with heavy snowfall in Helsinki and before outdoor ski tracks can be prepared.
When the temperatures fall in the last week of December, snow making machines go to work to lay a 1.0-kilometre track. Snow making gives Paloheinä high-quality and durable ski track foundations that will allow skiing even when the weather becomes warmer. In the event that there is still no natural snow in Helsinki in January, snow making machines will be used to produce at least one track in Eastern Helsinki – the alternatives include Laajasalo, Herttoniemi and Mustavuori. After a long period of cold weather and heavy snowfall, ski tracks will be produced throughout the city with the help of seven ski track machines.
The development of the ski track situation can be monitored in the ski track service which contains information on: when the track was last maintained or the condition of the track was checked, the length of the track, track lighting and the recommended skiing style. The service is available in Finnish and Swedish.