Outdoors and recreation
For walkers, joggers, and skiers Jyväskylä can offer a number of recreational areas. The city’s largest recreational area is Laajavuori. In the winter time, it boasts slopes for alpine skiing, a ski jumping hill as well as illuminated cross-country ski trails. In the summer time, the area is the perfect place for jogging or walking. The network of cross-country ski trails is vast in Jyväskylä. There are approximately 500 kilometres of maintained cross-country ski trails. At Laajavuori alone, there are 62,5 kilometres of them. 100 kilometres of the ski trails are under floodlights, and 140 kilometres of them are maintained on frozen lakes.
Rantaraitti is a path around Lake Jyväsjärvi in the city centre. It has in just a few years become extremely popular among walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers who can enjoy both natural and urban landscapes through all four seasons of the year. Rantaraitti is just one of the city’s numerous pedestrian and cycling paths that encourage people to make physical activity an everyday part of life.
During the coldest winter months, a natural ice skating track is created on the surface of Lake Jyväsjärvi right next to the city centre. There is also another one on Lake Palokkajärvi. Both tracks are over 3 kilometres long. No wonder that trek skating is getting increasingly popular in Jyväskylä.