When Mike Douglas and an active volcano collide

Salomon Freeski getting pounded by the conditions

The boys from Salomon Freeski hit New Zealand’s Mt Tongariro National Park last winter. This is what happened.

Anyone who has been to Mt Ruapehu has spent time in Ohakune, the ski town at the base of Turoa ski resort. some of us have spent more time than others just waiting for the weather to clear. Waiting, waiting, waiting.

You don’t mess with Mt Ruapehu, an active volcano that is home to Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields on the North Island of New Zealand. Mt Ruapehu and the sacred land around dictates the ebb and flow of your ski or snowboard trip. Don’t think otherwise.

Mike Douglas, Chris Rubens and Josh Daiek were given unprecedented access to Maori culture’s most treasured land, Tongariro.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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