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Tips for Holidaying in Ruka, Finland

Having been to Ruka twice (read my travel posts here, here and here), and knowing that we will be going back sometime, I thought I’d share a handful of tips for having a great winter holiday in the resort. Be prepared with lots of layers. This year we doubled up on thermal base layers and

Ruka for the Second Time

Have you ever enjoyed a holiday so much that you decide to do it all over again? That’s what we decided to do for our ski holiday this season – same country, same resort, same hotel, same week just one year later. Ruka in Finland had such an effect on us that we had no

Review: The North Face Base Camp Duffel Large

In this bag I have packed… three thick ski coats, two ski pants, two ski helmets, two pairs of ski goggles, twelve pairs of ski socks, all my base layers and thermals, a couple of micro fleeces, a handful of t-shirts, a hoodie, and a pair of skate shoes. And there is still room for

Cable Ski at Center Parcs

One of the activities I pre-booked for our last break in Center Parcs (read my hints and tips post here) was Cable Ski. I’d seen it in action when we were there a couple of years ago but due to no slots being available (it’s always best to book activities like that before you go),

Huskies and Skidoos in Ruka, Finland

Back in January LincsGeek and I spent a fabulous week in Ruka, Finland, where we enjoyed some amazing scenery and lovely ski runs. [Read about the trip here.] The thing about Ruka that we really liked, apart from the fact that we often had runs to ourselves, was that it was more than just a

A Winter Holiday in Ruka, Finland

We fancied a different kind of skiing holiday this year. It took us months to decide where to go. We’ve been to Arinsal in Andorra for a couple of years and thoroughly enjoyed it, but we have really outgrown the slopes and felt it was time to move on. With only a week of annual

Review: The North Face Women’s Honee Snugs Delux Parka

LincsGeek and I are fairly new to the skiing game. We went on our first ski holiday just three years ago after some ski lessons at snozone. Before that first holiday we kitted ourselves up as cheaply as we could – we wanted good quality at low cost, and so bought coat, pants, gloves, socks

Review: Stuffits

The problem with our hobbies being walking, motorcycling and skiing is that we often end up with a line of boots by the back door drying or airing out. Stinky damp boots. Yuk! I came across Stuffits at the end of last year and just had to try them out. The company was very kind

Review: Avalanche Ski Sock by Incredisocks

I was offered a pair of socks by Incredisocks to take to Finland with me. The email said… “high-tech socks that guarantee to keep your feet warm and are soooo comfortable!”. So naturally I had to give them a try. The packaging said that these are “proven to increase foot temperature by 3.2C in 5 minutes.

2012 in 2012 – Challenge Complete!

Oh yes. You read that right. I have actually completed my 2012km in 2012 challenge. A whole week early! I decided I needed to get out for some fresh air this afternoon after spending much time getting Christmas Day food ready. Unfortunately the rain was so heavy I’d have got soaked in no time at

Surfdome Wish List Competition

Bloggers have been invited to take part in a competition to win some Surfdome vouchers… well considering Surfdome sell exactly the kind of gear I like to wear it would have been rude not to! To enter you have to create a wishlist worth £250 and post about it on your blog. Here’s me… Yes

Ski Tracks for iOS

When we went skiing last month I wanted something that would track how far I’d skied, so I could add the totals to my 2012km in 2012 challenge. I didn’t want to buy a GPS watch, I wanted an app to use on my iPhone. After some research I chose Ski Tracks. Ski Tracks is an

2012 in 2012 – March Update

A quarter of the way through the year (yes, already!) and the 2012 in 2012 challenge I set myself seems to be going ok. March started well because I was in the middle of a skiing holiday, and thanks to Ski Track I was able to calculate my downhill skiing and import it into Run

2012 in 2012 – February Update

As suspected and reported in my January Update, February has been a much harder month for my 2012km in 2012 challenge. We started February with snow. I love the snow – it was gorgeous – but it did not help me get some long distances in, either on the bicycle or power walking. I went

It's Started Snowing!

Don’t panic! Not in England yet!  But there is snow in Whistler, and even in Arinsal… the new snow sports season is nearly here. And of course that means that the new ski wear ranges are hitting the shops – there are some really fab designs about, and despite the fact that my ski stuff