Ruka won Finland’s Best Ski Resort Title for the fourth time in World Ski Awards
For the fourth consecutive time, Ruka Holiday Resort was awarded several titles at the World Ski Awards 2016 Gala in Kitzbühel, Austria.
In the Awards Gala held on Saturday 19 November 2016, Ruka Ski Resort received the title of the Best Ski Resort of Finland. The title of Finland’s Best Ski Hotel went to Ruka Ski Chalets. Rukan Salonki was named also for the fourth time for Finland’s Best Ski Chalet. All the winning companies are located in Kuusamo in Lapland.
Ruka Ski Resort, with Ruka village and Ruka Ski Chalets in the front
Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards. World Ski Awards rewards organisations that are leaders in their field. The programme has categories for the Best Ski Resort, Best Ski Hotel, Best Ski Boutique Hotel and Best Ski Chalet for each of the world’s top 24 ski tourism nations.
Rukakeskus CEO Ville Aho regards the title as a commendation specifically from international customers, and therefore it has a huge value to the entire Ruka Holiday Resort.
– Ruka and Kuusamo are increasing in tourism, as the Lapland area in general. Our goal is to be the world’s best ski resort for the families and skiing beginners, which most of our international guests represent.
According to Mr Aho, the foundation of the success of Ruka Ski Resort lies in the top quality slopes, the diversity of the area and unique natural beauty of Kuusamo, which is the biggest thrill for the international guests. The title is backed up by results from customer satisfaction surveys. International guests have given exceptionally good marks to Ruka regarding both the services of the resort and the quality of the slopes.
– We are not only the Finland’s Best Ski Resort but much more when we are working together. All of the area’s entrepreneurs have earned this win by hard work, Aho says.
Ruka has just released over 100 million euros development plan. The core of the plan is to build a new 1500 bed pedestrian village to east Ruka and a gondola connecting the new village to the existing Ruka pedestrian village on the west side of the mountain. The new scenic gondola serves also non-skiing customers. The aim is to start the implementation of the new express chair lifts and slopes during the summer 2018.
Ruka Ski Resort is soon building a gondola
Family Business won in two different categories
Rukan Salonki was nominated for the fourth time for The Best Ski Chalet in Finland. Marjo Määttä, Sales Director and one of the owners of the family business sends her thanks to their clients and business partners.
– We wish to thank all our customers and partners who voted for us. Our all-inclusive service concept with wild food and Saunatour and our close cooperation with the best service companies in the Ruka-Kuusamo region are the factors that guarantee top-quality service to our customers. We welcome our guests to spend a genuinely carefree holiday enjoying the cleanest nature in the world in Kuusamo, she says.
The same family business also won the Best Ski Hotel in Finland nomination.
– I am happy to notice that we have successfully transferred the quality service concept from Ruka Salonki also to Ruka Ski Chalets. The title for the best Ski Hotel in Finland is a great honour to the owners of the hotel apartments and to our family business and our staff. These nominations strengthen the visions for choosing the right path, Määttä states.