Winter without skiing or sledging down a hill wouldn’t be proper winter. There is no shortage of good hills here, which are well-suited for skiing or sledging. Those looking for extreme experiences can speed down a hill in a tube or on a pair of mountain skis. While winters often tend to be poor or short elsewhere in Estonia, this is hardly ever the case in Haanja Uplands in the heart of Võru County.
The low temperature and high precipitation makes Haanja a snow kingdom – almost all snow-related indicators are the highest here.
Winter in Võru County offers excellent opportunities for practicing any kind of winter hobbies. The cross-country skiing trails of various difficulty levels found in Haanja-Kurgjärve and the Haanja shooting range are well-known for all ski fanatics. The snowshoe trips in Vällamäe, the ice rink of Rõuge, the health and skiing trails of Kubija, the slalom skiing slopes of Kütioru, the lakes alluring fishermen, the ice carousels and sledging hills for children, the kick sledge tips, the dog sled rides – visit Võru County for true experiences!
HAANJA RECREATION AND SPORTS CENTRE
Haanja küla, Rõuge vald
+372 529 6194
The lengths of the skiing tracks at Haanja are 1km, 2km, 3km, and 5km. There are 2km and 3.2km of lit tracks, which are open until 21.00 every day. The recreation centre also offers ski hire!
Koloreino küla, Võru vald
+372 517 1330
Downhill skiing and snowboarding.
METSAVENNA FARM SLEDDING HILL
Vastse-Roosa küla, Rõuge vald
+372 523 0850
A sledding hill and snow tubing tracks.
VEEMÄE RECREATION PARK
Meeliku küla, Võru vald
+372 517 1703
The lit sledding hill in Veemäe’s snow park features a snow tubing track and is equipped with a lift.
NEUMANN HUSKY DOG SLED RIDES
Augli küla, Rõuge vald
+372 5830 9888
A wintery adventure with sled dogs in Haanja.
RÕUGE ICE RINK
+372 506 5450
The full-size 60 x 30m ice rink with international standard boards is located behind the school building in Rõuge.
VÕRU CENTRAL SQUARE ICE RINK
+372 785 0903
An ice rink has been built on the Central Square of the city of Võru, waiting for both big and small skating lovers.
SNOW SHOE TRIPS IN HAANJA
Haanja küla, Rõuge vald
+372 503 2341
Breathing trips and snow shoe trips
VÕRU-KUBIJA CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING TRACKS
2 km and 3,5 km ski tracks in Kubija.
VASTSELIINA ICE RINK
Petseri street 6, Vastseliina alevik, Võru vald
+372 520 8041
An ice rink built on a multifunctional sports field. You can rent the skates from Mindat to Friday.
Värska Visitor Centre – Reek’s House ICE RINK
Värska alevik, Setomaa vald
+372 588 78676
An ice rink next to The Art Nouveau summer residence of General Nikolai Reek .