Hawaii is known for its beautiful warm weather and dream beaches but did you know there was a high mountain there? Mauna Kea (Hawaiian for ‘white mountain’) is 4205 meters (13,796 feet) in altitude but has no resort or lifts there yet, but the summit sometimes gets a skiable or boardable mantle of snow.
You must have a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get to the summit, which serves as your lift. 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. Conditions at the top are extremely variable. Winter temperatures range from -4 to 4 degrees Celsius (25 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit) but wind chill and the high altitude can make it seem much colder, just like other similar mountains such as the Hermon Ski Resort on Mt Hermon in Israel or Troodos Ski Resort on Mt Olympus in Cyprus.
This massive extinct volcano is blessed with fine snow, opening almost 260 square kilometres (100 square miles) of skiable terrain. At this latitude the conditions are spring like; the snow is sugar corn. Hawaiian call it “Pineapple Powder”.
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