World Cup Opening and Ensilumen Rastit competed

Ski orienteering World Cup Opening and national Ensilumen Rastit are competed.

Organizers want to thank all the athletes, teams and spectators for a great week in Ylläs.

Hopefully we will meet you again in Lapland!

Long distance: Russians and Swedes dominated podium places

Tove Alexandersson took yet another remarkable victory in today’s long distance competition. She was very satisfied to her race and altough it was a mass start she didn’t see other athletes during the competition. Mariya Kechkina from Russia was second and Polina Frolova, also from Russia, was third.

Eduard Khrennikov from Russia and Ulrik Nordberg from Sweden had a tight battle, but in the end Khrennikov was stronger and won the competition. Continued →


Training maps are available at LAPLAND HOTEL SAAGA daily.

  • Tuesday 1.12: 14.00-16.00
  • Wednesday 2.12. – Friday 4.12: 10.00-11.00

Price: 5 € / training

NOTICE! Only part of the terrain is possible for SkiO training. Other than areas in Training maps are Embargoed areas until Ensilumen Rastit 5.-6.12.2015.

Taitoharjoituksia saatavilla LAPLAND HOTEL SAAGASTA seuraavasti:

  • Tiistai 1.12: 14.00-16.00
  • Keskiviikko 2.12.
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Alexandersson and Lamov middle distance winners

Tove Alexandersson from Sweden had an amazing race in Ylläs. She was three minutes faster than the next athlete, Mariya Kechkina from Russia. Sonja Mörsky, who had a difficult last season, is now back in the business and took the third place in women’s middle distance competition.

Russian athlete Andrey Lamov was leading almost from the very beginning and thought that he made good route choices. Continued →

A clear victory for Team Sweden

Ulrik Nordberg and Tove Alexandersson from Team Sweden won today’s sprint relay with over one minute gap to a second team. Team Finland 1 with Ville-Petteri Saarela and Salla Koskela was second and team Russia 2 with Vladimir Barchukov and Mariya Kechkina third.

Both members of Swedish team were very satisfied to their races. Continued →

Tight races – Oborina and Nordberg sprint winners

Time difference between top six athletes in women’s sprint was 18 seconds, so completion was tight as it’s often the case in sprint distances. Russian athletes Tatyana Oborinaand Mariya Kechkina had good races and they took the first and the second place. Milka Reponen from Finland was third.

Seconds really mattered also in men’s competition. Continued →

Follow the World Cup at IOF LiveCenter, Facebook or Twitter

”The IOF strives to make their events accessible to all, and a part of that is the IOF LiveCenter, where broadcasts from major events can be watched in real time from all over the world

Check the World Cup Broadcasts at IOF Live Center:

During competitions organisers will also post photos and news to World Cup Facebook and Twitter pages. Continued →

High expectations for the World Cup in Ylläs

SkiO World Champions Tove Alexandersson from Sweden, Milka Reponen from Finland, Andrey Lamov from Russia and Lars Moholdt from Norway shared their thoughts about the new SkiO season at the World Cup Press Conference. Athletes are looking forward the competitions in Ylläs and they all have good memories from season openings here in Ylläs. Continued →

Training area ready!

Training area near Event centre is now ready for SkiO training.

On Monday (23.11.) – Tuesday (24.11.) , please contact TOMMI UUSIMÄKI for training maps.
Tommi Uusimäki, +358 50 501 2349 / tommi(a)

Training maps are available at Event office starting on Wednesday 25th of November.

Price: 5 €/training

Wild cards

The IOF Ski Orienteering Commission may provide one “wild card” to add a further top athlete without sufficient number of ranking points into start group 3. Wild cards need to be applied before Sunday, Nov. 22 at 12 pm. Please send the applications to the following e-mail address:

Who will compete in Ylläs?

World Championships 2015 silver medalist Mira
Kaskinen is also at World Cup Opening.

Ski Orienteering World Cup opening round to take place in Ylläs from 26 November till 2 December 2015 has attracted a wide range of athletes from 14 countries. For sure, there will be tight competitions, as many world ranking top ten athletes will be present in Ylläs. Continued →

We got snow!

”We are delighted to inform that there is already 30 – 40 cm snow in all parts of Ylläs competition terrains and the track making has been now going on for three days.” says the Chief of the Course Setting Team Velu Sipola. So all the World Cup races and Ensilumen Rastit public competitions are held as planned on 27th November to 6th December. Continued →

IOF: IOF Athletes’ License

IOF Council have decided to implement an Athletes License system starting with the Ski orienteering season 2015-2016. Please follow the link below to read about the system and implementation. Continued →


Banquet will be held on Sunday 29th of November at Lapland Hotel Saaga.

Teams, remember to do reservations for banquet latest November 16th, 2015.

Reservations can be done via ”SERVICES” at Eventor or via email, tommi(a)

Information about weather conditions

Long term weather forecast for Ylläs area shows snowy days to Ylläs for the rest of the week.

Organizing committee will inform more about conditions in Ylläs on Sunday 15th of November.

Waxing rooms

Info about waxing rooms.

For those who have accommodation at Lapland Hotel Saaga and apartments operated by Saaga, there are rooms for ski waxing as follows:

          In the hotel there is a waxing room (common for all hotel guests, several waxing boards).

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Bulletin 3

Bulletin 3 is now available. In bulletin 3 you’ll find all the detailed information about the World Cup Opening Round and also some information about public competitions Ensilumen Rastit.

– Bulletin 3

Important deadlines

9.10.2015        Preliminary entry

– Number of competitors of each gender
– Number of mixed sprint relay teams


– Reservations to Lapland Hotel Saaga as in Bulletin 2 Continued →


More info about Getting to Ylläs published to event pages. Transportation will be updated with detailed bus time tables when we get those from the operating bus company.


Bulletin 2

Bulletin 2 is now available. In bulletin 2 you’ll find more detailed information about the World Cup Opening Round in Ylläs.

IOF and National Controllers visited Ylläs

IOF Event Advisor Per Frost and National Controller Tapani Partanen visited Ylläs and checked that everything is under control for the World Cup Opening. Welcome to ski and orienteering at Ylläs at the end of November and beginning of December 2015!