Pyhä’s off-piste runs and the national park’s backcountry areas
The classic nearby off-piste run of Pyhä is Jackson. This vast forest area is located between the borderline of the Old chairlift and Isokuru.
The area above the hotel can be found between the slopes Huttu-Ukko and Piste Palander and it is very easy to access. The fresh snow offers plenty of great opportunities for riders. However, riders must be careful when approaching the area beyond the tree line, since the terrain may be stony.
Saunakuru is situated next to the Blue slope. Saunakuru is a perfect place for practising drops of various sizes, but the run ends to the rock and ice walls of Tajukangas. Therefore, riders must get up from the gorge to the right (from the rider’s viewpoint) in good time.
The backside of Saunakuru offers many kinds of runs. Nearby Tajukangas, the runs are rather rocky, but they have fewer drops closer to the North slopes. You can access the backside of Saunakuru by climbing the wall opposite the first bottom of Saunakuru.
Aittakuru is the most challenging nearby off-piste run at Pyhä. Aittakuru offers a wide range of runs, but riders must watch out for rocks and the snowcaps on top of the gorge. The gorge is steep and is no place for beginners. The easiest way to reach Aittakuru is to ride down the Red North slope, turn to the maintenance road and cross the road into the gentle forest stand.
The national park has many routes. The basic route runs via Karhujuomalampi’s day hut to Ukonhattu (Kakkonen). If you are looking for a longer route, you can turn right at Pikkukuru, located between Kakkonen and Kolmonen (Noitatunturi). Ask for detailed tips and guided backcountry trips from Pyhätunturi Ski School.