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?
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.
- 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.
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).
|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
|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.