3 unique ski vacations at surprising winter destinations
By Aimee Heckel
Snow days haven’t been this exciting since you were in elementary school.
If you’re planning a ski vacation this winter, consider forfeiting the traditional ski lodge and instead opting for something you’ve never done before.
Here are some of the wildest places to stay on your next ski vacation:
1. Go skiing — in Hawaii.
Sure, you’ve heard of skiing in Alaska and Wyoming. But what about the island of Hawaii? Mauna Kea in Hawaii is a volcanic mountain that is tall enough to sometimes get a dusting of skiable snow. Don’t expect traditional ski lifts and a resort. You have to four-wheel-drive up to these peaks.
Beware of high wind, but expect an incredible view. Make sure you stop at one of the observatories at night, for some of the best sky-gazing. Bring your own food and water, but expect a surprising adventure.
2. You thought that was strange? How about powder in Africa?
The Afriski Ski Mountain in Lesotho (near South Africa) is perched on top of a mountain in one of the most surprising places on Earth to find a ski resort. This tall mountain gets some snow from Mother Nature, but it’s enhanced by manmade snow. This middle-of-nowhere, totally random ski resort gets pretty good reviews on TripAdvisor, too.
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3. Go skiing at a snow-free ski park.
Even stranger than snow in Africa is a ski park in Virginia — with no snow. Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre is instead filled with white “Snowflex,” which is like Astroturf that’s specially designed to simulate the feeling of snow.
Go skiing year-round here — perfect if you don’t like being cold. Although that kind of defeats the point. Or just work on your skills in the summer, so you’ll be ready to hit the real slopes come wintertime.
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