We've put on our snow suits, we've strapped up our boots, and B is excitedly putting on his helmet. It's almost 100 degrees F outside the door of The Mall of the Emirates, and we are about to step into a world of snow.
Everything about Dubai is larger than life, and Ski Dubai is just one of the attractions that makes the city a great destination for kids. With 5 ski runs for skiers and snowboarders, a freestyle zone, snow park, a quad chair lift, and two alpine-themed restaurants, there is lots to see and do.
Even the most hard-core skiers (who might tire quickly of the short runs) would have a hard time not being 'wowed' by the sheer magnitude of this place, and the success to which Ski Dubai has created a mountain resort atmosphere in the middle of the desert. I wasn't feeling ambitious enough to get B onto skis, so we spent our time playing in the snow and zipping down the gentle snow tube runs.
- Snow Park Admission - Adults 130 AED, Children 120 AED (approx $30 U.S.) including use of a snow suit, boots, warm socks and helmets for kids. The only thing not provided are hats and mitts which can be purchased inexpensively at the Pro Shop
- Children under 3 are not permitted. (I admit I fudged about B's age at the ticket booth since he isn't quite 3 yet)
- Snow suits and boots are available in the smallest of kids sizes, and are clean, comfy and warm
- The process of picking up our suits and boots was quick and efficient and there were plenty of room in the change area and lockers for use
- Strollers can be safely stored at the security desk
- The 22,500 m2 area is covered with soft powdery snow year round
- Temperature maintained at a comfortable -1º to -2º
- Quad chairlift and tow lift
- Mountain resort theme
- Ski lessons are available
- Changing areas with locker rental
After having one of the warmest Toronto winters I can recall, it seems crazy we've had to travel halfway around the world to the desert to play in the snow. I had my hands full trying to pull B away when it was time to leave.