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Cross-Country Skiing

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Welcome to the cross-country skiing paradise with hundreds of kilometers of skiing trails, excellent conditions, and skiing being part of everyday life (or even a type of commute to work or school). 

During the winter months, you can find up to 200 km of cross-country skiing trails with about 60 km of illuminated trails between 6:00-22:00. The skiing season itself usually starts during November with the first mix of natural and artificial snow landed in the Oittaa Recreational Area, and later also in Leppävaara District. Thanks to the snow mixture, you can enjoy skiing in these areas up to April or even the beginning of May. 

Cross-country skiing trail on sunny day
Photo: Miikka Valo

Trails & Conditions

Espoo's cross-country skiing trails and their conditions are monitored and updated on the Outdoor Exercise Map, and daily updates made by locals are published on the Facebook Group Latutilanne. 

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Equipment and Guidance

Whether you are a professional skier or have never tried skiing before, you are welcome to try out this popular winter activity in Espoo. The following companies will help you with everything you may need for a great cross-country skiing experience, from equipment rental to private skiing classes or coaching.

Oittaa Recreational area dron view during winter
Photo: Joonas Vinnari


Services: equipment rental, private skiing classes

Location: Oittaa Recreational Area (Address: Kunnarlantie 33, 02740 Espoo)

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Cross-Country Skiing Trail Etiquette

  • Be considerate. Ski on the right and pass on the left. Faster skiers yield to the slower ones.
  • Skiing trails - classic cross-country tracks and skating lanes - are for skiing only. Please do not walk or snowshoe on skiing trails.
  • Skiers going uphill yield to those going downhill. Keep your distance, especially in downhill sections.
  • If you need to take a break, please move off the track. Take advantage of the maintained campfire sites and wilderness cafes along the trail when possible. 

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Couple cross-country skiing in Pirttimäki area
Photo: Joni Viitanen

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