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It was completely surreal to walk into a  with  and a T-shirt on and see a winter oasis through monster . I felt as if I was looking at a () is the first  in the Middle East, and it really does offer an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. There’s also a separate area for kids to go tobogganing or roll down in a Zorb, which they call a snow ball. Advanced skiers/snowboarders can practice stunts or jumps in the freestyle zone.

It’s available all year round, and the total area covered with real snow is 22,500 square meters (242,200 square feet or 5.5 acres). It’s 85 meters high (about 25 stories) and 80 meters (87 yards) wide. The longest run is 400 meters (437 yards), and the maximum capacity is 1,500 guests. When I was there I saw maybe 30 people on the  and 100 or so in the .

 for a two-hour slope pass for adults is 180AED (US$50), children 150AED (US$40). I only had time for an hour, and I made five runs and took my time. The best part about Ski Dubai is that you don’t need to pack your ski clothes from home. A lift ticket rental jackets,  with , and helmets for children. The only thing you need to bring or buy (they have a ski shop) is , for hygiene reasons. If you want a  they charge a 20AED (US$5.40) deposit for a key card and locker. You get it back in cash even if you pay by credit card.

 has just  that has a state-of-the-art ticketing system. A  is placed in a pocket on your left sleeve jacket and it gets  as you enter the lift line. The makes two drop-offs but it doesn’t . The first is for the, which is right next to Avalanche Café at the mid-station (BTW: There’s another themed restaurant at the entrance,). The chair then makes a left turn up the mountain (building).

The cold air (-2° Celsius = 28° Fahrenheit) makes you feel like you are in the mountains, but the few , the walls, and the music pumping remind you that it’s all make believe. The advance run isn’t a challenge for an expert, but for someone like me who hasn’t skied in years it was just what I needed. In fact, it was so much fun it actually got  in the groove to hit the real slopes again.


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