Skiing in Dubai Continued
I first skied on Saturday night. My first run was about a 15-20 second blip. After that, I took a little more time getting down the hill, enjoying the experience. I picked almost the exact same line all night (I have a very long attention span). I came back to ski again on Monday because Monday night is Freestyle night. Helmets are compulsory but the biggest jump was still not open so I took mine off (helmets make my head itch). I forgot to ask why it was not open.
There is a restaurant half-way up the hill. The chairlift makes a dogleg left at the restaurant (the run makes a dogleg right). Just below the restaurant is the “terrain park” with one small tabletop, one medium tabletop, and one small channel hop. There were a couple of rails and other jibs elsewhere on the hill. They set up a slalom course on the run on the left after I stopped taking photos. Some guys were ripping. BTW, Ski Dubai claims it has the only indoor black diamond run in the world, but that's a real stretch IMO.
Ski Dubai: replete with injuries.
I didn’t see it happen but was told they’ll kick you out if you don’t ski well enough.
The quarter pipe is in really bad shape. I was told that it will be good once it’s cut but I don’t know when that will be. I also heard that they had a half pipe last December, just after they opened.Click here for quarter pipe videohttp://s21.photobucket.com/albums/b2...t=DSCF2568.flv
The lighting inside Ski Dubai is bad. It illuminates everything well but produces very flat light with very little contrast.
The Richard Petty racing suits are included in the price of the rentals. Skis, boots, bindings are all Rossignol. All equipment for sale in the ski shop is Rossignol too. Bring your own gloves and hat.
These Rossignols did me no favors.
The quality of the snow is about a 7 or 8 on a 1-10 scale. It’s pretty dry but I did hit a couple of patches that slowed me down like sticky slush…but strangely, it wasn’t slushy at all.
Quality of the experience? Probably a 9; mostly because I love skiing so much. It was nice and cold. There were no crowds. And for two hours each night, I was able to forget that I was in Dubai.
If you ever make it to Ski Dubai and the Mall of the Emirates , BE SURE TO VISIT THE BLACK HOLE IN MAGIC PLANET upstairs. It’s a sensory overload like you’ve never experienced. It’s like being instantly drunk as you enter and instantly sober upon exit. That’s about the best way I can describe it. It’s not a ride. But if I tell you what it is, you might think it’s not worth traveling half-way around the world to experience it.
Here are the facts, copied from www.skidxb.com
:22,500m² covered with real snow all year round – (equivalent to 3 football fields)
Temperature maintained at a comfortable -1º to -2º C
85 meters high (approximately 25 stories) and 80 meters wide5 different runs of varying difficulty and length, longest run of 400 meters
Full capacity of 1500 guestsSnickers Freestyle zonePermanent: 1/4 pipe snowboard area3,000m² Snow Park with a snow cavernQuad chairlift, tow lift and flying carpetsMountain resort theme
Use of quality equipment and clothing included in the ticket priceQualified professional instructorsState of the art ticketing systemChanging areas with locker rentalPrivate kids party roomsExclusive retail shop – Snow ProSt Moritz Café and Avalanche Cafe