10 Unusual places to ski
Forget the French Alps, trying skiing in these more exotic locations…
- Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
There are no lifts, or actual resort, but this dormant volcano sitting at 4,207m above sea level (if measure from its oceanic base it would be taller than Mt Everest!) can get a good snowfall from December to February. Plus you can après on the beach afterwards!
- Oukaimeden Morrocco, Atlas Mountains.
Snowsports probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of Morocco, but 45 miles from Marrakech you’ll find the resort of Oukaimeden, in the Atlas Mountains. Access to the slopes is via lift or donkey for an authentic ski lift experience.
- Afriski, Lesotho
Afriski is found in the Maluti mountains, just 80km from the South African border. The season runs from June to August, with the best time being the end of July. It is compulsory for all beginners to take lessons here to avoid unnecessary accidents.
- Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Lying on the Silk Road, is Bamyan, one of the least explored ranges in the world. A British Tour operator, Untamed Boarders, was the first company to take ski tourists to Afghanistan in 2011. It is also home to the Afghan ski challenge, a backcountry ski race that is open to all!
- Masikryong Pass ski resort is North Korea’s (or Yongpyong)
North Korea’s limits on foreign tourists makes this a tricky place to visit, but there are now package holidays to the luxury resort, with 100km of empty pistes. It has been developed at an estimated cost of £21 million, and is part of a drive by Kim Jong-un to increase tourism. It also hopes to host some events in the 2018 winter Olympic, even though the event is being held in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.
- Dizin, Iran
Dizin lies in the north of Tehran in the Alborz Mountain. Established in 1969 with the highest lift taking you to 3,600m is it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world.