The first non-glacial ski resort to open for the season in the Northern Hemisphere is…….. Ruka in Finland 🙂 The mountain opened today,17th October, a few hours ahead of Arahapoe Basin in Colorado. Ruka is one of the largest ski resorts in Finland and has one of the longest seasons in Europe (October – May).

Ruka Piste Map

  • 21 ski lifts, 34 slopes
  • Elevation 201 m, peak 492 m
  • Longest slope 1300 m
  • Ski lift capacity 25400 skiers per hour
  • 5 chair lifts, one detachable RukaExpress
  • Slopes open daily 9.30am – 7pm
  • Night Skiing on Fri 7pm to 11 pm.
    (during 5.12.2014-3.4.2015)
  • Ski season opening 17.10.2014

Ruka is situated in the region of Kuusamo in the Northeast of the country and nestles on the Russian border.  Finland gained independence from Russia in 1917.  Ruka has also  hosted many international competitions, mainly in Nordic disciplines, however in 2005 the World Championships of Freestyle Skiing was held in Kuusamo.


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