The skiing season has begun in Finland, despite November being the mildest on record since 1938, and even in the south of Finland people are making their way to the slopes to get some practice in. So far, the Korkeakangas Ski Centre in Valkeakoski has opened a little over a kilometre of the 70 kilometre network of ski trails available, and in Vihti Ski Centre the snowguns have been busy creating trails.
In Central Finland the Kasurila Ski Centre just outside Kuopio has opened one of its 8 slopes, and is operating 2 of the ski-lifts, while Paavonrinteet (located 65 km from Jyväskylä in the direction of Kouvola) has 1km of its 100km of ski trails already in use.
In Northern Finland the first slopes opened in Kuusamo at the Ruka Ski Resort on the 16th of November, and at present there are 12 of 30 slopes, 8 of 20 lifts, and 5km out of 506km of ski trails in use.
As of December 12th, the following resorts are now operating:
Iso-Syöte: 1 of 15 slopes, 2 of 10 lifts, and 12km of 120km of ski trails.
Levi: 5 of 45 slopes, 9 of 26 lifts, and 35km of 230km of ski trails.
Luosto: There are 14km of the 78km of ski trails in use.
Olos: 2 of 10 slopes, 2 of 4 lifts, and 30km of 250km of ski trails.
Ounasvaara: There are 30km of the 100km of ski trails in use.
Paljakka: There are 15km of the 100km of ski trails in use.
Pikku-Syöte: 1 of 9 slopes, 2 of 5 lifts, and 12km of 120km of ski trails.
Pyhä: 3 of 14 slopes, 3 of 8 lifts, and 5km of 90km of ski trails.
Ruka: 12 of 30 slopes, 8 of 20 lifts, and 5km of 506km of ski trails.
Salla: 2 of 15 slopes, 2 of 6 lifts, and 42km of 160km of ski trails.
Saariselkä: 3 of 15 slopes, 2 of 5 lifts, and 38km of 200km of ski trails.
Suomo: 2 of 13 slopes, 1 of 5 lifts.
Vuokatti: 3 of 13 slopes, 3 of 8 lifts, and 4.2km of 150km of ski trails.
Ylläs: 4 of 63 slopes, 4 of 29 lifts, and 45km of 330km of ski trails.