Ski the Desert


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | February 5, 2006      

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This came in under the front door a few days ago — some of you might already know about Ski Dubai, but it was new to me so I blogged. If you’ve ever wondered where all that gasoline money goes… All I can say is don’t accuse us Americans of being the only culture of conspicuous consumption — it happens other places as well. As for global warming, is this a solution for ski resorts? I can easily see a larger version of this at Snowbird, perhaps with some miniature helicopters swooping around inside to keep the atmosphere real. Their website.

Desert skiing
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
It sure ain't backcountry skiing.
The question is, do they let you skin up the ski slopes?


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3 Responses to “Ski the Desert”

  1. Mark February 6th, 2006 12:00 am

    I know several people who have lived in Dubai and one in Qatar. Oil money there is a source or revenue so large we can scarcely imagine it here. For example, even foreign tourists may get free care if they should need hospitalization. My friend who lived in Dubai remarked how the roads there are always perfect, have no potholes, and are always maintained. He, interestingly, is fiscally somewhat liberal, but socially fairly conservative. Interesting combination. As to skiing Dubai, they must be pretty bored–and loaded–to construct such an artificial edifice for skiing as the one pictured.

    Mark

  2. Chris February 6th, 2006 10:29 am

    I wonder if the “ski in the desert” structure will be discussed at this summit:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4684382.stm

  3. Chris February 7th, 2006 5:59 am

    The folks in the UAE don’t pay taxes by the way. If you are a citizen of the UAE, the government actually pays you a “cut” of the oil revenue from the nation.

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