Shelve the trunks and strap in!
You like novelty? How about sinking into three-feet of tropical ice? Hawaii’s biggest mountain, the dormant volcano Mauna Kea (14,000 feet above sea-level), sank under two feet of fresh on Friday and today y’going to get knee-deep white.
How do you get a taste? According to the The Hawaii Ski Club “there are no lifts, no grooming, no resort, but a road goes to the summit to serve the dozen or so world-class observatories located at the summit. You must have a 4-wheel drive vehicle to get to the summit, which serves as your ‘lift.'”
You know the game. Take turns driving. Pick up pals from the bottom, drive up, repeat.
Apart from the pretty tired novelty of surfing in the morning, riding after lunch (think Israel, France, NZ) Mauna Kea ain’t a bad place to stretch your intellect. It’s one of the finest places on earth to observe the universe, thirteen telescopes from all over the world, and if indigenous culture thrills, the joint is a sacred site too.
This vid from a few years back is pretty low-fi, but you get the idea of what it’s like to ride Mauna Kea.