FIVE MORE PLACES TO SKI A VOLCANO
Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand
This live volcano features the longest vertical drop in Australasia, and, fun fact, was the set for Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings.
Mt. Etna, Sicily
It’s one of the world’s most active volcanoes, as well as Europe’s tallest. Gondolas and T-bars will transport you high enough to see the crater’s columns of smoke as well as the sea in the distance.
Ski Pucon is dwarfed by the enormity of the volcano it sits on. The terrain is largely beginner, but lava from past eruptions have carved out some interesting natural features. We must admit, we’re intrigued.
Mount Yotei, Niseko, Japan
The highest peak above one of Japan’s most popular resort towns, Mount Yotei also happens to be a semi-active volcano with volcanically heated hot springs at its base.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii
This dormant volcano is hardly in ski country—and there are no resorts and no lifts—but people have been known to hike its flanks for some turns. Another take on surf and turf?