Skiing the Pacific Ring of Fire and Beyond
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Skiing the Pacific Ring of Fire and Beyond:
       
Ski Mountaineering on the Great Volcanoes of the World




Clickable map of the Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire encircles the Pacific Ocean in a nearly continuous belt which contains over 75% of the world's volcanoes. This project was first conceived in 1997 when I realized it would be possible to ski nearly all of the major peaks in the Ring of Fire, even those near the equator. But what do volcanoes have to do with skiing and ski mountaineering?
  • Volcanoes often tower far above neighboring mountains, capturing plentiful snowfall even in the tropics. .
  • Volcanic slopes often lie at a perfect angle for both continuous ski ascents and superb ski descents. .
  • Snow-covered volcanic peaks are among the most majestic and scenic of all the world's mountains.
The five sections below cover more than 250 skiable mountains in the Ring of Fire and beyond, with photos, route descriptions, and other information. Despite the emphasis on volcanoes, several prominent non-volcanic peaks are included, especially those in close proximity to volcanic regions or significant in the history and development of ski mountaineering.

Work on this guidebook started in April 1998, and it is an ongoing life-long project, with a time scale of 2-3 decades. Therefore many sections and pages may remain only partially completed for some time. In late 2000, most of my efforts shifted towards completing my other guidebook, Skiing the Cascade Volcanoes, and work on the Ring of Fire section was practically halted. Only a few minor updates were made until 2003, when I began a new and very extensive set of revisions. Look for major and minor updates throughout the areas below. As of January 2004, this section was finally converted to use a MySQL database and PHP scripts to dynamically generate and serve the pages for each individual mountain. This long-awaited behind-the-scenes improvement should result in significantly easier updating of the content of the website.

For many of the less commonly climbed peaks, information is hard to find, especially regarding the possibility of skiing. Any assistance such as trip reports, route information, or photos would be most appreciated (please contact me).


North America South America Asia Oceania & Antarctica Beyond the Ring of Fire
Western United States
Alaska & Canada
Mexico & Central America
Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador
Peru & Bolivia
Argentina & Chile
Kamchatka & Kurils
Japan
China & Korea
Hawaii     New Guinea
New Zealand
Antarctica
Europe
Middle East
Africa
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Updated March 2007: The Volcanic Seven Summits: A list of the highest skiable volcanoes on each continent
NEW, Nov 2009: Volcano WebCams around the Pacific Ring of Fire and Beyond:   Live views of skiable volcanoes around the Ring of Fire and worldwide
Upcoming additions: Ring of Fire Bibliography: Skiing, mountaineering, and volcanology guidebooks
Equipment Notes: Suitable equipment choices (such as figle skis) for remote or marginally skiable peaks
Intro to Volcanology and Glaciology: Glossary of volcanic and glacial landforms, terminology, etc.

North America | South America | Asia | Oceania & Antarctica | Beyond the Ring | Volcanic Seven Summits | Volcano WebCams
Ski Mountaineering Photos & Trip Reports Equipment & Info Cascade Volcanoes Ring of Fire Site Map

Amar Andalkar   Seattle, WA, USA   <About the Author / Contact Me>
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Last modified Monday, December 7, 2009