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Any idea how many ski run usually open in Yllas in December?

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Any idea how many ski run usually open in Yllas in December?

Has anyone got any info on how much of the ski area is likely to be open in Yllas (akaslompolo side). We travel on the 4th December with Inghams to ski and do all the Father Christmas activities. Currently the website shows only 2 lifts open?? I know snow isn't best this year, but is 2 usual for this time of year. Would be disappointing if thats all we can use, as it is sold as a ski hol, and no mention in brochure that resort may not be open at that time.

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1. Re: Any idea how many ski run usually open in Yllas in December?

The resort will certainly be open. Dec 4th is a bit early for full scale skiing any year, particularly now, when the snow is more than a month late. The full scale operation is first usually from weeks 5-7, as the crowds come in weeks 8-10 (the Finnish school holidays).

Best skiing is from mid-March till mid-April.

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2. Re: Any idea how many ski run usually open in Yllas in December?

It's very seldom that the whole resort/all ski runs would be open in December. As Polarbear has pointed out the real high season starts only in mid-February when the Finnish schools start their ski holidays and the weather is not so cold anymore (in March) and days are longer. The "problem" in Ylläs is that most of their slopes are based on natural loose rock mass which requires much more snow (30 - 50 cm) on it before you can safely ski on them. In most other resorts the slopes have usually peaty bottom which does not require that much snow.

Edited: 29 November 2011, 11:27
3. Re: Any idea how many ski run usually open in Yllas in December?

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