End of the ski season in Lapland, but not for lack of snow | Yle Uutiset

There is still a lot of snow in Saariselkä, but the ski lifts are deactivated for the moment.

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The last of Lapland’s ski resorts closed on Mother’s Day, officially closing this year’s ski season.

The resorts in Levi, Pallas and Saariselkä had been open for a long time until spring, but this year they did not close due to a lack of snow.

“We ran out of customers before the snow melted,” said Jarmo Katajamaa, CEO of Saariselkä Ski & Sport Resort. “We often have snow until mid-June, but tourists have already returned home to prepare for summer,” Katajamaa said, adding that accommodation points and restaurants are now closed, it was also not necessary to keep operating the ski lifts. .

However, there are still many cross-country ski trails in and around Saariselkä.

Season extension

Lapland ski resorts haven’t always been able to stay open this far into May, but Katajamaa pointed out that Lapland ski resorts often work very hard to extend the winter season until spring.

In the past, many ski resorts closed before May 1, he said. It made more financial sense for the resorts to compress the season, as the number of tourists gradually declined later in the spring.

This was not the case for the Levi and Saariselkä ski resorts, where Katajamaa said the snow only melts very late in the spring and stays “dry and in good condition” in the hills.

“It looks like Mother’s Day weekend has turned into the new closing weekend, and we’re very happy about that,” he said.

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