The most genuine activity in Lapland, rewarding also for the absolute beginner:
Put on your wilderness skis and grab the ski poles, enjoy the ease of skiing across the thick snow blanket
More about wilderness skiing
Skis and skiing rank among the most fundamental things in Lapland. They are so much more than a fun activity. The local people have skied for several thousands of years for everything that really matters: hunting and fishing tours in the wilderness for survival, gathering and protecting reindeer from the predators, meetings other people in the sparsely populated region and exploring new areas, too.
The purest way of skiing is what we call wilderness skiing. Instead of following man-made ski tracks around the ski resort, wilderness skier heads in the forest, in unbroken snow. The latest equipment and qualified guiding make it easy to join the noble tradition – exploring the unbroken snowfields of large Taiga forest on skis in a peaceful and rather slow manner. It is not about the exercise, it is about encountering the nature, it is about joining the heritage of wilderness skiing in relaxed yet respectful manner.
Skiing equipment consists of skis and poles. The skis and are at the same time modern and ancient: the 145 cm long and 10 cm wide ski design is among the oldest ever discovered. Short skis are easy to maneuver in forested areas, and the wide design prevents the skier from sinking too deep in snow. An integrated synthetic climbing skin under the ski provides traction in uphill. It successfully imitates the original design of using a slice of elk or reindeer skin for this purpose and keeps the speed safe also in the gentle downhill sections in the forest.
Wilderness skiing poles could be telescopic or fixed. Most important is that they are long enough, roughly until the skier’s armpits, and the snow baskets need to be large to perform well in soft snow.
Wilderness skiing requires very little technique yet rewards significantly.
The whole of Pyhä-Luosto area makes a very rewarding environment for wilderness skiing. Pyhä-Luosto National Park could be the most appealing destination, though also for example Soutaja area, Lake Pyhäjärvi in Pyhä and Ahvenlampi area and Ukko-Luosto in Luosto make a strong location candidate, too. Don’t forget your camera at home, since wilderness skier tends to get to gorgeous places rarely seen people on foot or by car.
Do I need earlier experience?
If you’d enjoy entering the Arctic Taiga forest the peaceful, beyond-traditional way, wilderness skiing is for you. No skiing experience is required, the Bliss guides will be delighted to instruct you the safe and fun wilderness skiing technique.