Cross-country skiing

The magical winter of Posio starts when the first snow falls, usually in November or December. Posio is a highland area, which allows a snow cover for up to 200 days a year.

Opportunities for skiing in Posio are vast and versatile. There are altogether 70 kilometers of skiing tracks around the area for skiers of all experience levels. 23 km of the tracks are lit. In early spring, the “sunshine ski tracks" circling on frozen lakes are opened and maintained. Special wilderness ski tracks lead you into the frost decorated Karitunturi and Riisitunturi fell regions.

Up-to-date ski track maintenance info and track descriptions below.

Updated 12.4.2017

Maintenance info
Track
Style*
Open/will be opened
Maintenance
Kotivaara track (5 km)
F+C
open
Whole season
Pentik – Kirintövaara track (13 km back and forth)
F+C
open
Whole season
Kirintövaara track (fitness track 3 km + competition track 2 km)
F+C
open
Whole season
Kirintövaara – Himmerki track (8 km back and forth)
F+C
open
Whole season
Karitunturi track (15 km back and forth)
F+C
open
Weeks 8, 9 & 10 and Easter
Lake Posiojärvi sunshine track (10 km)
C
open
Late winter, maintained by volunteers
Turjanvaara sunshine track (10 km)
F+C
open
Weeks 8, 9 & 10 and Easter
Riisin rykäsy track (14,3 km)
C
open
Most recently 12 April

*F=free/skating, C=traditional/cross-country

Track descriptions
Track
Difficulty level
Inquiries
Description
Kotivaara track (5 km)
Medium
Esa Väinämö +358 40 8012 270
The starting points for this partly lit track are the sports field or Pentik. The route travels via Pentik to the Kotivaara Hill and returns to the sports field. It s a demanding track for fitness skiers.
Pentik – Kirintövaara track (13 km back and forth)
Easy
Esa Väinämö +358 40 8012 270
The lit route to Kirintövaara starts from the Kotivaara trail next to Pentik. The trail is a good practice ground for fitness skiers. A connection track to Holiday Village Himmerki also connects with this trail.
Kirintövaara track (fitness track 3 km + competition track 2 km)
Demanding
Esa Väinämö +358 40 8012 270
Partly lit circle track.
Kirintövaara – Himmerki track (8 km back and forth)
Easy
Esa Väinämö +358 40 8012 270
Good practice track for fitness skiers. This track connects Kirintövaara to Himmerki.
Karitunturi track (15 km back and forth)
Medium
Esa Väinämö +358 40 8012 270
Karitunturi ski trail is usually opened late winter. It starts from the Pentik – Kirintövaara track near Kirintövaara. It is a demanding practice track for fitness skiers.
Lake Posiojärvi sunshine track (10 km)
Easy
Oiva Soudunsaari +358 400 305 843
The track is usually opened in February, and is maintained by a group of volunteers. Walking dogs is permitted on this track.
Turjanvaara sunshine track (10 km)
Medium
Esa Väinämö +358 40 8012 270
The track is usually opened late winter. It starts from the Pentik – Kirintövaara trail and circles via Turjanvaara Fell to Himmerki (and onwards to Kirintövaara). This track can also be skied as a circle route of about 20 km.
Riisin rykäsy track (14,3 km)
Medium
Tourist info +358 44 7674 218 or Korpihilla Café +358 400 901 910
This partial circle track is opened usually in January or February. The track passes through the beautiful wilderness sceneries of Riisitunturi National Park. Read a detailed description of the track here.
Cross-country skiing

lapland@posio.fi
Tel: +358 44 7674 218

Tracks are lit every day from twilight until 9 p.m in the evening. Temperature limit is -20°C. If this limit is exceeded there is no maintenance or lights on the tracks.

Ski Rental

Rent a cross-country skiing set for both traditional and skating styles.

Contact

Includes skis, poles and boots for one day
15 €
holiday village himmerki
Optional Ski Track Payment 2016-2017

Optional skiing payment funds are used to maintain the tracks.

Receiver: Posion kunta (Posio municipality)
Account nr: FI38 5359 0110 0001 28 or FI02 8000 1100 8612 94
Payment amount: 50 €
Message to bank statement: Latumaksu (skiing payment)

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