9 of the Most Unusual Places to Ski
Venture off the beaten track and you might be surprised where you find yourself skiing this winter.
While these resorts might not rival the luxuries, or in some cases the snow, of a trip to the Alps, those with a sense of adventure will be guaranteed to come home with one hell of a story.
[part title="Waste to Energy Plant, Copenhagen"]
Copenhagen is making a world-leading effort to cut fossil energy and waste by building a 60-megawatt power station fuelled by the city’s garbage. On top of this $389 million development will lie none other than a 2.7 acre ski area which will be open all year around.
[part title="Gulmarg, Kashmir, India"]
A favourite amongst the Bollywood set, Gulmarg is one of India’s premier ski resorts. And there is good reason for this – it is not only home to some of the world’s highest peaks, it also offers unbelievably long runs and some incredible backcountry riding.
[part title="Mount Hermon, Israel"]
Skiing along one of the world’s most contested borders adds offers something a little different to your average package holiday. Mount Hermon has Israel to one side and Syria and the Lebanon to the other.
[part title="Mauna Kea, Hawaii"]
Mauna Kea is the mother of all volcanoes, located on the Big Island of Hawaii, sitting at a whopping 32,000 feet from top to bottom, 13,796 of which is above sea level.It’s also home to the largest astronomical observatory in the world with 13 telescopes along its summit. Beware though, with no lifts, trail maps or ski patrol, this area is best left to the experts.
[part title="The Sahara Desert, Algeria"]
There's a real danger of picking up a serious suntan if you choose to go dune-skiing in the Sahara Desert - but if you do there's an awful lot of piste to use.
[part title="Ski Dubai"]
Staying in warmer climes, the last thing you would expect to see in a desert is a ski slope. This being Dubai naturally they decided a ski centre was just what they needed. Offering five runs and a staggering 22,500 metres of snow every year, it even boasts the world’s first indoor black run.
[part title="Oukaimeden, Morocco"]
Morocco is synonymous with warm weather, ancient architecture, bustling markets and camel rides through the desert. But just 80km from Marrakesh lie the Atlas Mountains and a plethora of activities for action sports lovers, including skiing.
[part title="Bamiyan, Afghanistan"]
A relatively new addition to the Afghan sports scene, downhill skiing made its debut here in 2010. The site is well known as the resting place of 5th Century Buddha which was dynamited by the Taliban in 2001.These days however the slopes are a safe haven from war and offer a no-nonsense experience.
[part title="Masi Pass ski resort, North Korea"]
The newly opened Masik Pass ski resort is North Korea’s latest megaproject and is an effort to show that it is as civilised and culturally advanced as any other. The North Korean tourist board were rather uncooperative so pictures were hard to come by.
We are still a little baffled as to who is actually going to use this resort – Kim Tae-yong, a ski officialy estimates that there are only 5,500 skiers in North Korea, a country of over 20 million.