Ski and snowboard season is upon us in the northern hemisphere. From Colorado to Vermont, season passes are for sale at dozens of mountains. On Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s most popular ski destination, there are no season passes, ski lifts, or lodges, but there is powder.
There are thirteen telescopes in observatories on the summit of Mauna Kea, a volcano and the highest point on the big island of Hawaii. The Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, which manages the research on the summit, warns potential visitors of extreme weather, dangerous roads, limited access to telephones and gas, and hazards to health due to the oxygen levels and altitude.