After the weekend in Swedish Lapland, the Cross-Country family will now be moving west to the north of Finland. The Nordic Opening, a joint World Cup weekend for all FIS Nordic disciplines will take place for the fifth time in Kuusamo (FIN) on 24th-26th of November. A true season opener for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined, this long weekend will be the first and only time before the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Sapporo (JPN) that all three Nordic disciplines are staged at the same venue and in fact, at the very same stadium. 320 athletes from 27 nations will compete in the total of eight World Cup events at Ruka, a popular winter sport resort named after the local mountain (492m) located 25 km north of Kuusamo. The competitions will begin with a large hill Ski Jumping competition on Friday evening, followed by an Individual Gundersen Nordic Combined race, a classical style sprint race for Cross-Country and another night Ski Jumping event all on Saturday. On Sunday, there are a Nordic Combined sprint and individual start distance Cross-Country races in the classical technique on the schedule.
â€œIt is a honor for us to organize the Nordic Opening for the fifth time in a row. The current snow conditions are not optimal due to warm weather, but that is not a concern since we had produced sufficient artificial snow for the last four weeks when we had cold weather. The athletes and spectators can be sure that we will deliver a great event for them,â€ says Seppo Linjakumpu, General Secretary of the Nordic Opening Organizing Committee.
The occasion of the 5th Nordic Opening is clearly a reason to celebrate. The Organizing Committee has confirmed several live music performances and DJ’s to ensure great atmosphere throughout the weekend.