Ski Dubai

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ski Dubai Reviews

Orphellia Orphellia
3 reviews
Snow in the Desert! May 31, 2012
Ski Dubai was a pretty great experience from start to finish. Upon arrival, I lined up for my snow boots (they have little guides to help you choose the right size), socks (which you get to keep) and my long ski jacket. Not having experienced snow before, I was pretty excited to get inside, but took my time to make sure that I was sufficiently rugged up and that my belongings were secure in the locker.

You enter what feels like a snow-cave before coming out into the big Ski space. Unfortunately, the penguins which live there were taking a vacation on the day that we visited, but with snowy mounds and mock pine trees ahead of me, I was too excited to care!

If you're not experienced in skiing, fear not, there are other activities. I enjoyed a few runs down the tobogan run and also down the tube slides before heading up in the chair lift. There are a few mini-mountains with ropes for you to climb up and fun things like snow-men and challet's to take pictures in front of. I was really surprised at how large this place is. The ski runs are really pretty decent in size and the whole centre feels really large and open.

For all of you people who live through snowy winters every single year, I'm sure that Ski Dubai will not be anything more than a little snow theme-park of sorts, but for me, it was great fun and I would highly recommend it!
Chair Lifts... they actually hook …
I'm standing in SNOW! :D
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OmarAsali OmarAsali
3 reviews
Indoor snow skiing in the Middle East !! Feb 10, 2011
You defiantly want to go to Ski Dubai if you are there. You can take skiing lessons or enjoy the snow park.If you have snow gloves bring them with you.
vances vances
492 reviews
Slope a dope Feb 20, 2010
Since I only had one full day back in Dubai, I simply had to check out Ski Dubai...this one-of-a-kind indoor ski facility is just one of those things you have to do. And it was a splendid experience.

Embedded within a shopping mall (these details escape me, but I will edit this entry later and provide the actual name), Ski Dubai truly has its act together. You walk in, have your credit card swiped (200 dhirams for a two hour pass...but this includes ski rental and even a jacket + snow pants) and are on your way.

We also got a locker, which I don't believe cost any extra, and quickly got ushered through lines for boots and skis. A cool aspect is that they give you a plastic card for your ski pass, which you zip into the shoulder pocket of your jacket --- then you just have to 'swipe' it every time you enter the lift line...and the clock doesn't start ticking on your two hours until the first time you swipe! Even cooler, each time you check through the video screen acknowledges you are OK and displays how much time you have remaining.

A bit ashamed that we did a few runs on the bunny slope, doubting our memory of how to ski...but it came back quickly and we shortly headed up to the top. These are not challenging runs...I'm positive Sweetski would scoff at the 'black diamond' run...but it was so cool to be skiing in the desert!

Mark opted for a snowboard, and commented that they have added a lot of side jumps for this newer downhill option (and it was surprising to see how many participants availed themselves of these opportunities!). Some of the kids we conversed with on the ski lift were locals and visit regularly --- awesome to witness the impact of this venue on the local population!

After our last run we observed the Snow Park section, where there is a teensy bunny slope and several other snowy attractions...most notably this huge plastic ball that you can roll down a hill in. All in all, a great experience. Footnotes would be to pack along a heavy shirt to wear beneath your jacket and gloves --- it really is chilly in there! (of course you can buy gloves, but its much cheaper to pack them along).
Mark entering Ski Dubai
Initial glimpses of Ski Dubai thro…
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Dr_Seuss says:
Congrats on the feature Vance,loved it the first time I saw it :D
Posted on: Feb 21, 2010
tina_700 says:
ooh I love this place. Its amazing
Posted on: Feb 21, 2010
osgoodst says:
cool; i'm thinking of doing this too, and of course have fun in oman!
Posted on: Feb 21, 2010

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