FIVE MORE PLACES TO SKI A VOL­CANO

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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.

Vil­lar­rica, Chile

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?

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