For the intrepid skier who is tired of tartiflette, hot chocolates and heated chairlifts; some of these ski resorts, often resting precariously on top of volcanos, are not for the faint hearted!
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Ski Dubai is one of the largest indoor ski resorts in the world. It’s 242,188 sq ft inside and fully equipped with facilities to cater for all from beginners, families to freestylers with top instructors as well as rails, kickers and boxes over 5 slopes. If that isn’t exciting enough there’s also a penguin petting zoo for kids and big kids…
A skiing destination with a startling altitude, set high in the Atlas Mountains. Reaching 10,640 ft at the summit, another unusual ski resort that warrants Africa’s highest chairlift. Those afraid of heights can do as the locals do and climb the mountain’s 7 ski runs by donkey. Despite the staggering height, its a short ski season and best to travel in January and February for snow coverage.
Mount Hermon, Israel
Boasting 28 runs connected by 4 chairlifts, 5 tow bars at an impressive 6000ft, Mount Herman has 2 runs that have been given the Olympic Standard seal of approval by the International Ski Federation. However, with a similar climate to Morocco, it’s only open from January to March.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Mauna Kea directly translates to White Mountain and is a volcanic 13,796 ft high mountain, covered in snow from December to March. Because of its treacherous nature, there are no groomed pistes or lifts. However this doesn’t stop the adrenalin hungry skiers wanting to descend some of the highest and steepest lines in the world, who drive up to the ski resort in a 4-wheeler via a dirt track. Locally, the snow is often nicknamed Pineapple Powder in reference to the sugary texture of the snow.
Ben Lomond, Tasmania
Typically, you’d conjure up images of shaggy coastlines crawling with indigenous creatures if someone mentioned Tasmania. Little known is Tasmania’s skiing that is surprisingly fantastic for families with a great range of slopes as well as places for holiday-makers to stay on a proper ski holiday. The summit is relatively low at 4921 ft, but Ben Lomond offers its’ skiers unsurpassable scenery on the descent as you take in the snow, sun and sea in one beautiful, postcard-perfect view.
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