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10 hidden gems for ski enthusiasts

April 1, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
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Mauna Kea, Big Island, Hawaii

At nearly 14,000 feet, this Hawaiian peak occasionally gets sizable snowfalls, which attract die-hard skiers and snowboarders. With no resort, no lifts, and no groomers, this is hardly a place for novices or people who want their ski vacations to include a ski-in-ski-out condo and an evening soak in a Jacuzzi. However, renting a truck and using it as a stand-in for a lift on Mauna Kea can lead to hours of great back-country skiing.  

Flakes can fly here at almost any time of year, but measurable snows on Mauna Kea generally occur between December and February. And what better way to spend your apres-ski session than at sea level on a tropical Big Island beach with a cocktail in your hand?