Best Places to Ski/Snowboard in Hawaii

By October 8, 2018

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This tropical paradise with year round sunshine it might not be the first place you think of when it comes to skiing and snowboarding.

You would be right, Hawaii doesn’t get much snow and isn’t the place to head for skiing and snowboarding.

However, Hawaii does have a mountain or to be more precise a volcanic mountain. Called Mauna Kea (Hawaiian for ‘white mountain’) it stands at 13,796′ (4205 meter) tall.

The
summit sometimes does get a skiable covering of snow – it happens roughly every
5 years.

So
little in fact, there are no lifts, grooming or resorts. There is a road which
gets you to the summit, which also serves 
dozen or so world callas observatories.

Its
highly recommend you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get you to summit,
actually its essential, which will serve as your lift to the top – its also recommended
you have a nice friend that will do the driving – but this can be done yourself
if needed.

Usually
thought it’s a bit more relaxed, skiers take turns being the driver, who picks
up the other skiers at the bottom of the runs and ferries them up to the
summit.

Its
technically the “worlds highest mountain” as it base starts at -19,000 feet so
offers you chance to ski the world’s highest mountain.

When
it does snow, it covers around 100 square miles of ski able terrain and the
locals say the snow is like sugar corn and is known as ‘Pineapple Powder”.

This
isn’t an area for beginners or anyone not in good physical condition. It’s a lot
like skiing in the wilderness – there are none of the facilities you might find
at traditional resorts across the US.

Hawaii Big Island Mauna Kea summit snow

Weather:

The
weather is extremely variable, in the winter the temperatures range from 25 to
40 degrees F (-4 to 4 C), but wind chill and the high altitude can make it seem
much colder.

Between
April and November the weather is milder, with daytime temperatures varying
from 30 to 60 degrees F (0 to 15 C).

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