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Nordic Skating diary

Condition of our long nordic skating track may change rapidly, even during the same day. The tracks are maintained every day (outside heavy snowfall days). Usually skating tracks opens end of December/start of January and closes around end of March. See routes from Winter Routes map.

27.11. forecast looks great, early winter

Freezing cold temperatures, early winter! Winter routes not yet open but looks good: Lakes have frozen, and have a small ice layer on top. The snow on the ice slowes the freezing of lakes, but we anticipate that we can start exploring the ice thickness of our planned routes until end of this week.

When does the skating season start? With these weather forecasts, its very possible to start the season in around 2 weeks. Amount of snow affects also the freezing process.

17.11. freezing temperatures, looking good

Cold nights started and the weather forecast looks promising - lakes have begun to freeze. Hopes for early skating season start are high.

2.11.2023 Waiting for the NEW season

Waiting for the skating season! On this page updates will be written when start of season approaches and during season we give information of whats the route situation and quality. Previous diarys and statistics of maintenance below.

When does the skating season / winter start? Check statistics of previous winters from diary below. Our promise in Punkaharju is, that we do absolutely everything possible on a weekly basis to keep the skating tracks open - for the last 17 years already! Circumstances change on ice depending on weeks temperature and work is daily throughout the winter.

Skating diary of past winters

Mostly regarding nordic skating tracks, but also information about cross-country skiing and other routes.

Lenghts of past seasons

  • 2022-2023: Start 4.1.2023, end of maintenance start of April
  • 2021-2022: Start 23.12.2022, end of maintenance early April
  • 2020-2021: Start 8.1.2021, end of maintenance was end of March
  • 2019-2020: Start 1.1.2020, end of maintenance was Mid March
  • 2018-2019: Start 12.12.2018, end of maintenance Mid March
  • 2017-2018: Start 12.1.2018, end of maintenance early April
  • 2016-2017: Start 19.12, end of maintenance Mid March.
  • 2015-2016: Start 29.12., end of maintenance end of March
  • 2012-2013: Start 28.12., end of maintenance early April
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