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Skiing in Dubai

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I was looking so forward to the opening of Ski Dubai. I missed the grand opening by about two weeks on my last trip - I travel to Dubai for business a couple of times a year. Unfortunately, the coworkers I travel with only like to hang out in bars, smoke cigarettes, and drink beer (no offense if that’s your thing). But I like to get out and do and experience things. I don’t even have cable TV. Life is way too short for me to just smoke and drink and stand around.





Ski Dubai is in The Mall of the Emirates; the second largest mall in the world, until Dubai builds their next one. The new one will be the largest and will push the Mall of the Emirates to number three.







Me and my bullet-proof CTi2.


Ski Dubai uses Ski Data sensor gates. They issue smart cards with 120 minutes worth of time. You can recharge a minimum of one hour at a time.




A two-hour session costs 135 Dirhams (roughly $37 USD) including lift, rentals, jacket and pants, and locker. If you turn in your smartcard when you’re finished, they refund you 10 Dirhams (roughly $3 USD).



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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 video

http://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 wide

5 different runs of varying difficulty and length, longest run of 400 meters
Full capacity of 1500 guests

Snickers Freestyle zone
Permanent: 1/4 pipe snowboard area
3,000m² Snow Park with a snow cavern
Quad chairlift, tow lift and flying carpets
Mountain resort theme

Use of quality equipment and clothing included in the ticket price

Qualified professional instructors
State of the art ticketing system
Changing areas with locker rental
Private kids party rooms
Exclusive retail shop – Snow Pro
St Moritz Café and Avalanche Cafe

post #3 of 20
Totally cool, but bizzare in an extreme excess sort of way. If I ever make it to the U.A.E. I will most certainly try it, but of course the likehood of that is much less than a snowball's chance in the U.A.E..
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by the2planker
Here are the facts, copied from www.skidxb.com :

Quad chairlift, tow lift and flying carpets
Is that our version, or the Arabian version of flying carpet?
post #5 of 20
My vote for most unusual trip report of the year; althouh WTFH can probably relate. Everyone wearing the same red and blue gaper suits is especially appealing. No one stands out, when all look the same. I'm still trying to picture snowboarders in these outfits.

Pictures of indoor skiing make them look loke there is no slope. Any guess what the actual slope angles are?
post #6 of 20
Those suits look to much like my ugly ski school uniforms. Argh!

Nice TR, keep sharing, please.
post #7 of 20
Were there any woods?
post #8 of 20
I saw a special on the discovery channel about how they built it a month or so ago. It was quite a project, and required some engineering feats due to the enormous size and weight of the slope. They said that there was a 45 degree slope located somewhere inside, which they produced with concrete stair steps so that the snow did not slide. I really liked the special, and it is cool to see that a bear has skied it. It would be pretty funny flying into Dubai Airport with a sporttube though...
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by the2planker


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.



That whole report was EGG-CELLENT.

Thanks for the info. I don't see myself visiting there real soon, but if I ever do, I now know where to go.

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones
Were there any woods?


You musta missed the trees near the building on the run:




Hey, Bob, the off-piste looks like it would require some rope and other climbing tackle:

post #11 of 20
The sickest controlled climate skiing... ever.
post #12 of 20
Better than grass skiing any day!

Nice report!
post #13 of 20
Not that I would not ski it but those people really have some money to burn. I think the money would have been better spent on several world class roller coasters. A great way to get some skiing sensations in warm weather.

Alfonse
post #14 of 20
I'm glad someone post about this tourist attraction in Dubai.I will be going there in the next 2-3 months.I will visit lot of my friends and relatives there.
I never thought there is snow in Dubai.Thanks

P.S. I love your photo.Can I post it in my blog?Thanks again.
post #15 of 20
Excellent trip report! Thanks!
post #16 of 20
I saw that show on Discovery Channel also. Interesting concept for a bunch of people with WAY too much money and temps that don't often go below 70 F! I guess the lucky thing for people there who want to use it, is that it doesn't matter whether it looses money faster than the DoD, because their oil money is paying for it, so you never have to worry about crowds.

At first glance, it seems like a well done design, but after reading 2-planker's comments about the lighting, I'd have to say: Ummm, yeah!
post #17 of 20
Interesting, i visited Dubai/Jebel Ali 7 times when i was in the Navy (98-02) and i never heard of thsi place, otherwise i might have checked it out... did some sandboarding though.
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by alpine_wonder
Interesting, i visited Dubai/Jebel Ali 7 times when i was in the Navy (98-02) and i never heard of thsi place
It only opened last year, AFAIK
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Marvin
I'm glad someone post about this tourist attraction in Dubai.I will be going there in the next 2-3 months.I will visit lot of my friends and relatives there.
I never thought there is snow in Dubai.Thanks

P.S. I love your photo.Can I post it in my blog?Thanks again.
Hey Marvin, I'm not sure which picture you're asking about or what you love about it but yes, feel free to use it. Please send me the link to your blog. Thanks.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by JohnH
I guess the lucky thing for people there who want to use it, is that it doesn't matter whether it looses money faster than the DoD, because their oil money is paying for it, so you never have to worry about crowds.
It's true that Ski Dubai will probably never make a profit but a little known fact is that most of Dubai's financial power comes from free trade. Businesses are offered great freedoms with minimal government red tape. Dubai's oil reserves in 1991 were estimated at 4 billion barrels, which will run out by 2016. Their oil money has given them a great start but Dubai's rulers are very smart and now they run their country like a corportion - existing to make money.
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