The FIS Nordic Opening, the joint World Cup opening weekend for the three FIS Nordic disciplines, will take place for the sixth time in Kuusamo/Ruka (FIN) on 30th November–2nd December. The true season opener for the FIS Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined World Cup tours, this long weekend will feature more than 320 athletes from 27 nations and some 300 team officials. A total of eight events will be carried out at Ruka, a popular winter sport resort named after the local mountain (492m) located 25 km north of Kuusamo. The program will start with official training sessions and qualification for the season’s first Ski Jumping event on Thursday, 29th November whilst Nordic Combined will begin the competitions on Friday morning at 10:30 local time.
Winter arrived early at Ruka this year. Snow-making at the Nordic competition venue started in early November and the jumping hill was opened for training on 17th November. For the coming weekend, the weather forecast calls for solid winter conditions with temperatures around -6 - -8C.
Traditionally, the Organizing Committee of Ruka has invested a lot of effort to entertain the spectators. This time is no exception and there are several live music performances and DJ's on the schedule to ensure great atmosphere throughout the weekend. For more information, visit: www.nordicopening.com