Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Snow Tubing in the Desert at Ski Dubai

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.

The Basics:
  • 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
Quick Facts
  • 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.

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