One of the largest and most popular resorts in Finland, Ruka has been a featured stop on the FIS Freestyle World Cup circuit since 2002, hosting moguls, dual moguls, halfpipe, and aerials events, as well as the 2005 Freestyle World Ski Championships.
The peak of Ruka sits 492 meters above sea level, and the mountain boasts a vertical drop of 201m, continuous trails up to 1300m in length, and a ski season that regularly surpasses 200 days in length. There are 34 groomed runs at the resort, 27 of which are illuminated to compensate for the short winter days of Lapland.
Ruka will once again kick off the European leg of the of the Freestyle World Cup season in 2012-13 with back-to-back moguls events slated to rip into the venue's famous Battery Run in mid-December.
North Americans and Japanese skiers dominated the Season Opener. Hannah Kearney (USA) and Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) clinched the moguls event at the Freestyle Ski Opening Ruka staged today in the Ruka Ski Resort.
Four skiers ready to tackle the Ruka moguls
The French federation has named the World Cup team for the first moguls event taking place in Ruka, Finland, Dec 13 and 14.