Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Skiing in the desert looks fu*kin' cool

So what do rich countries/cities do when they have excess money? Build crazy ass shit. Ski in the middle of the desert.

Ski Dubai (Dubai is the name of the city for those of you who live under a rock) is an indoor ski park that has 5 slopes that vary in difficulty, height and steepness, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. From blacks to blues and greens, skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels can enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90-metre long quarter half-pipe.


Arctic weather takes over at night, after the resort is closed to the public. Temperatures drop to minus 8'C, and state-of-the-art snow makers are turned on, creating a white out. The system can make around 120 tones of fresh snow every 24 hours. The facility just opened as of December '05.



How nuts is this? An indoor ski park? Fu*kin crazy! What I don’t understand is that this thing doesn’t seem that big… 400 meters is what they claim is the longest ski run they have, that means: 400 meters = 0.24 miles or 1,312 feet. That doesn’t seem that long? …especially when you are skiing. But I guess to be able to ski in the middle of the desert/Dubai, you’ll take anything you can get. This thing officially opened December 3rd of this year, click to read the article. Click here to see more pictures. I want to go to Dubai right now and see this... problem is, round trip costs around $2,000 just for the plane ticket. Hmmm, might have to rethink this plan. I'll let you know what pans out...

6 Comments:

At 2/07/2006 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Japan and Britain have indoor ski parks like this, too. The one I know of in England, though, is about 27 GBP for a two hour session. Ouch!, when you consider that an all-day lift ticket to a "middling" (good anywhere else) Austrian resort is about 27 Euro for the whole day, on about 40 kilometers of trails.

 
At 1/23/2008 4:49 AM, Blogger Habibi said...

As for me, Dubai is one of the most breathtaking places in the world. And Dubai ski resort is one else proof.
Just imagine, for Arabs, who never have seen snow, it is a magic. In hot weather you are able to plunge in a cold place.
So many fantastic projects are rising day by day, people from all over the world are interested in investing in Dubai property.
Arabs want to be the first, and they will be, definitely!
Government and UAE's people really aim at high successes.

 
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