Sunday, December 21, 2008

skiing in the desert???

When I first heard of this I thought 'what a waste'... but for a once in a lifetime opportunity, why not? It was actually pretty fun, although I totally wiped out early on and thus spent most of the time just taking photos and filming Rob since he could really ski...

Ski Dubai has a pretty good website.

From Wikipedia:

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500-square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Opened in November 2005, the indoor resort features an 85-meter high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-meter-long run, the world's first indoor black run, and a 90-meter-long quarter pipe for snowboarders. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-meter Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, a snowball shooting gallery, an ice cave, and a 3D theater. Other attractions include a mirror maze and a snowman-making area. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission.

An extremely efficient insulation system is the key to maintain the temperature of -1 degrees Celsius during the day and -6 degrees during the night when the snow is produced.

Ski Dubai was the location of a detour in the 10th leg of the reality game show The Amazing Race Asia on its 1st season.
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