Well-groomed trails and glowing snowy mires call you to ski in the Geopark. Due to the geological history, the area has also higher hills that collect more snowfall than the surrounding areas.
There are hundreds of miles of groomed trails in the Geopark. The magnificent trails of the pine forests of Hämeenkangas and Lauhanvuori National Park as well as the Pyhäniemi – Käskyvuori route in Kihniö are among the most popular ones, but there are also other great skiing opportunities in every municipality of the area. You can find trail maps and information on the condition of the trails in the links below. Some of the trails are also marked on Retkikartta online map service. In Jämi in Hämeenkangas, dog enthusiasts can ski on their own dog track (in Finnish).
Photo: Pasi Talvitie, Hämeenkangas
With long forest skis, handy skinbased skis or traditional snowshoes, you will create your own routes outside Geopark’s ready-made trails and find your new, most enchanting favorite places. Professional guides of our area will take you on nature adventures safely. You can find these activity providers in the Activities section of our website. You can also rent equipment for your own winter experiences. Read more on our winter article.
Photo: Ismo Nousiainen / Taikapolku, Hyyppä valley
The area has a long tradition of large skiing events. Pirkka Ski Race in Hämeenkangas is the oldest continuously organized mass skiing event in Finland, and Kauha-Hiihto and Lauhan hiihto events have brought skiers to Lauhanvuori for decades.
Photo: Pirkka Ski Race, Hämeenkangas
Pirkka Ski Race is organized yearly at early March from Niinisalo in Kankaanpää via Jämijärvi to Tampere. In addition to the full distance of 90 kilometers, it is also possible to ski shorter sections of the trip.
The actual, already 66th in a row, Pirkka Ski Race has been canceled this year. One week after this, Reppu-Pirkka, based on self-service, may possibly be arranged this year, despite the pandemic. Read more about the event on the organizer’s website.
Another large, traditional skiing event in the Geopark area is Kauha-Hiihto in the Lauhanvuori area in late February. This year, the implementation of this, the 46th trail event in a row, has had to be adapted to suit pandemic conditions: the attendants will participate independently and with self service. Read more about the event on the organizer’s website (in Finnish).
In Isojoki, in the landscapes of Lauhanvuori, Lauhan hiihto skiing event is also organized. This event, already 54th in a row, will be organized on March 14, 2021. Read more about the event on the organizer’s website (in Finnish).
Main photo: Pasi Talvitie, Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park