From 1964 to 2003, when the Mühlenkopfschanze in Hessian Willingen was converted, the hill in Kuusamo/Ruka was the world's biggest large hill. But especially in the latter years of this era, this status was quite doubtful since it was already dilapidating.
Due to this reason it was modernized in 1996. Floodlights were installed and made night competitions possible. Since the hill is also equipped with plastic mats it is the world's biggest all-year-round ski jumping hill.
Furthermore, there is a modern snow making machine and a lift from the outrun up to the tower. The potential of this ski jump can be recognized by the distances reached on it already. Additionally, there is also a smaller K64 ski jump at Ruka wintersports center, which had been equipped with mats in 1986, and the junior hills of Kuusamon Erä-Veikot.
One of the most anticipated days on the FIS Freestyle calendar came to pass on Saturday with the first competition of the 2017/18 moguls World Cup season taking to the slopes of Ruka (FIN), where Britteny Cox (AUS) easily repeated her winning ways on the course where she scored the first victory of her career last season, and Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) made some more history with his eighth-straight victory (dating back to last season).
We’re just days away from one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends on the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup calendar, with the first competition of the 2017/18 moguls World Cup season set to get underway on Saturday at Finland’s Ruka ski resort. Qualification and finals in Ruka goes down on Saturday, 9 Decemeber, beginning at 10:55 local time.