Finnish ski areas have begun announcing plans to close early for the ski season, with several of the country’s larger centres announcing they’ll be doing so the weekend after next, at the end of the ski day on Friday 27th or Saturday 28th.

Finland is one of five countries where ski areas have mostly stayed open since the sudden mass closure of ski areas in Europe and north America. Along with Finland ski areas in Sweden, Iceland, Scotland and Japan have also stayed open.

“Thanks to all of you who we got to enjoy the joys of snow on the fell this winter. Due to the current state of emergency, we will close Ruka slopes and rental services earlier than planned, on 28th March at 7pm. See you again on the slopes on 2nd October when Ruka’s next ski season starts!” a statement from the resort, which has the longest season in Europe for a non-glacier resort, reads.

Yllas (pictured above and below) and Levi say they’ll close on the 27th, Pyhä also on the 28th at 7pm.

Giving a weeks’ notice of intention to close is very different to the experience of skiers and boarders at most resorts too, which tended to close with 24 hours’ notice, or no notice at all as was the case in France.

It is not yet clear if all Finnish ski areas will close, but the larger ones seem to be following suit at present.