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Skiing on the Big Island of Hawaii
Skiing in Hawaii? Mauna Kea, on the Big Island, is the only place in Hawaii where you can strap on skis and hit the slopes, but you'll have to be an experienced skier and also pretty well prepared.
There are no lodges, lifts, or equipment rental places on this mountain. You'll need a four-wheel drive to get you to the 14,000-foot summit, as well as a dependable buddy to pick you up below. A local ski tour operator can help you out with complete package tours on snow days.
Skiable snow is intermittent December through May, but most likely in February and March. Often, when snow is present, howling winds prevent skiing. When conditions are right, the experience is awesome. Imagine skiing down pristine bowls with no trees, towards a vast ocean at your feet. No wonder those who ski Mauna Kea find it the adventure of a lifetime.