Last X-Country Skiing for the Season: Pyhäkero Again

The snow conditions during this winter have been great, with the thick snow cover still providing plenty of snow. Just a few days ago the snow cover was still between 60cm (south slopes) and 80cm (north slopes) in Hetta, and the ice cover of lake Ounasjärvi still is around 75cm. Yet, according to the weather forecast tonight is the last night with minus degrees and during daytime the thermometer is expected to rise above 10°C. Thus the snow might disappear fast now. Considering this forecast today I went for my (most likely) final x-country skiing trip this season. Like yesterday I skied up the summer hiking trail to the summit of Pyhäkero.

Skiing trip to Halti, in Käsivarsi Wilderness Area

As the temperatures were forecast to get a bit warmer, with a friend we decided to go to the northern part of Enontekiö. Starting from Kilpisjärvi we wanted to ski through the northern part of the Käsivarsi wilderness area. Since there are only few tourists here at the moment, we thought we would try to ski up Halti, which usually is pretty crowded this time of the year ..

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