Continued from Snow Park and Ice Bar
The other way to do the slide in the snow is by sitting on the ring buoy.
Or this one,
Either way is less scary compared to the slide in Snow Park, but still thrilling because of the bouncing at the far end that will make you feel that you’re being thrown out.
It’s very encouraging to play around the iced structures, especially having your photos taken with these. It’s also good that all types of cameras and videos are allowed inside. I remember when I visited Snow World in Star City in 2007, cameras and other form of recorders were required to be surrendered (I just partially complied though, the same with other visitors. If there’s a will, there’s always a plan B) to profit more through their official photographers. I was smiling when Star City’s staff reasoned out that the “snow” inside would damage the camera.
Aside from the snowman, another more photographed spot is this one. Our group photos (we’re not the ones in here) were hilarious to look at, with our heads goofing through the holes. We were lucky enough that the official photographer assigned in this area is a Filipino. We handed our cameras to him to photograph us.
Unlike my first visit wherein the Snow Park consumed me most, I was intent to explore the slopes this time. We tried chairlifting, which is commercially promoted as Fly Ski Dubai.
It’s like riding in a cable car, except that it’s open just like that. If you’re following this blog, you probably know that I chicken out with heights. Surprisingly (or on purpose), I tried it (I was seated at the middle though) with opened eyes and no screaming (yay!).
I even managed to take several shots of the ongoing skiing, chairlift riders from the opposite side (going down). Biggest surprise: I was able to look down while riding. I’m reconsidering that I actually have relative aerophobia. Siguro nawawala ang takot ko pag “snow” ang babagsakan ko. 🙂
In case you’re already scared to death with the heights or breeze, you can drop by to Avalanche Cafe (the staff will ask before you take the chairlift). It’s a drop off point before you are chairlifted to the higher area, then going down.
We stopped by not to have the (free) hot drink or that we were chilling, but to take photos of the skiiers and snowboarders.
Whether or not you have aerophobia, you’ll be mesmerized by the view from the cafe. You’d realize more how huge is the establishment.
According to Ski Dubai’s website, it is 22,500 square meters covered with real snow all year round – (equivalent to 3 football fields), 85 meters high (approximately 25 stories) and 80 meters wide, can have full capacity of 1,500 guests, and has 5 runs.
If you’re trying the Mountain Thriller/killer slide, the starting point is steps away from Avalance Cafe. Here’s a glimpse that I catched while there. And yes, we tried it.
You may go solo or by pair. At one point, I thought of backing out. That was when I noticed only a few were trying it. But then I realized that if I don’t, I would ride the chairlift alone to go down. Besides, to slide is faster. Hahaha. Seriously, I thought it is thrilling. And it really was. When it was my turn, I surprisingly did not close my eyes (I normally do when I’m scared) as I fastly did slide on the curves. But I screamed at those particular zigging, I can’t remember which curves, that I thought I was already thrown out and no longer on the slide. It felt fast yet never ending (slide was literally long). Until I reached the end and exclaimed, “haha, tapos na!” It was a mixed feeling of relief and adrenaline rush.
As I got up, I passed by this sort of training area. Ski Dubai Snow School conducts group and private lessons for those who would like to learn to skii and snowboard. You would see a group in this area having their session. The visitors who wish to enter the skiing/snowboarding area are required to have the minimum skill requirements. For those who don’t, the school offers lessons to get you to the right level.
(You’d see neighbor establishments in the wall end)
This child is admitted as a beginner. Only those 3 years old and above are allowed entry to Ski Dubai.
I think I’d like to take a lesson in my next visit.
Ski Dubai is located off Sheikh Zayed Road at 4th interchange, towards AL Barsha. Access through Mall of the Emirates, West Side parking area. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: http://www.skidxb.com
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“Ah, style po yun” LOL!!
Wow, this place is GIGANTOR!! As in humongous! I think it’s a perfect place to learn how to ski because of the controlled environment. No reason to worry of avalanches… unless the food sucks at Avalanche Cafe. 😀
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Yes, I think it would be fun take some lessons. Can’t wait to see you zooming through the slopes =).
Wow! Exciting an lugar to!
“relative aerophobia”? Is there such a thing?
very cool. ski dubai has got me sold!
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wow! you’ve tried the killer slide and the Fly Ski Dubai. I am so proud of you! *wink wink* 🙂
wow!!! parang I’ll be a kid again if I do get to visit this place. Hehe! 😀
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yihaa! i like doing that. it’s best to learn there because there are no trees to hit. hehehe… you should have took the lesson already so that next time you visit, it will all be just skiing.
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I could tell you had lots of fun. It’s a great place! I wish we had one like that here so I could trying skiing too. 🙂 The slide looks really challenging.
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It really looks (and I’m sure it too feels) real!
If ever I get to work in Dubai (I don’t know when and I don’t know how), I’ll try Ski Dubai.
Are bachelors allowed in Ski Dubai? You see, some places in Saudi kasi are exclusive to families only.
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coolness noh? i wonder when can i try that one. tinatamad ako lagi eh. lol
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ang saya! skiing is one of my favorite sports! as in! hehehe. but i still remember it took me almost a day to learn. buti na lang patient si juls 😉
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Haha! Congrats on getting over your phobia of heights!
When you mentioned the part re: Filipino photographer, I did notice that a LOT of staff in Dubai are Filipinos. Inside the plane, Filipina stewardesses. Upon arrival, Filipino airport staff. In hotels, restaurants, malls…Filipinos everywhere!
a friend working in dubai sent me a picture of her in that exact place and i ask her, my snow s dubai? kala ko totoo 🙂
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wow! ang saya-saya. mukhang sobrang nag-enjoy ka sa trip mong ito wits ah.
parang sobrang lamig jan. hindi ko ata kaya ganyan kalamig. *waaah*
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Brrrr…. pero diba nag snow talaga dyan minsan?
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this looks really impressive 🙂 I wonder how much electricity this place uses all year long !
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weee! u’ll have a new sport pag nagkataon hehe ;P
btw, buti pwede camera jan. kasi sa snow world bawal eh
what a luxury, there’s not much difference anymore to a real outdoor ski resort!
the developer of the estate where we live now has planned to build Snowtopia, much like Ski Dubai, just across the road from the estate. But there has been protests from the business park close to us, so we’ll see how it turns out. seems exciting to me! ^-^
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wow super huge. That place so so exciting. Excited na ko for you sis, hoping to see a photo of you doing that exciting sport. 🙂
Waaahhhhh… I really hope we get to visit Dubai soon! 😀
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Who would want to leave Dubai with all these amenities; there’s plenty of shopping, top notch shopping, and outdoor activities like this available thruout the year?
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Wow, you really had a great fun and thank you for sharing this wonderful holiday on ice!
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what a nice post 🙂 will try this if makapunta kami dyan 🙂
nice photo also!
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whoa! thia place is huge, may ski lift pa! if you didn’t know this is an artificial structure and you looked at photo no. 11, you’d think you were somewhere in the swiss alps. =)
Wow! I bet my son would love it there. And I’d love to try skiing too.
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Re: you in the picture covering your face, it took me some time to figure out what was really in the picture….hehehehe
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haha…saya nmn nun..kainggit at nktulong p s studies ng rsearch q..thesis q po kz eh indoor ski kya dpat rsearch ng dami