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   Undertoad  Thursday Feb 9 05:41 PM

2/9/2006: Indoor ski resort



Where else but Dubai? In the background you can see the hotel that IotD has featured a few times, most notably with Tiger Woods driving a ball off the heliport. Turns out they needed a ski resort. In the desert. And since they have more money than... anyone, they can manage to get that done.










BigV  Thursday Feb 9 05:54 PM

Doesn't look very cold.

May be a reasonable substitute destination for driving 4wd SUVs.



Wombat  Thursday Feb 9 05:56 PM

Oh! My! God!



barefoot serpent  Thursday Feb 9 05:57 PM

They'll be wanting to host the Winter Olympics next time.



jinx  Thursday Feb 9 06:45 PM

There are quite a few of these things in Japan, and I think one recently opened in Shanghai too.



magilla  Thursday Feb 9 06:55 PM

Yup.

We should think about this whenever we fill up our SUVs.

Personally I think it's pretty grotesque, but that's just me. I mean, people in Texas go to Colorado to ski- seems like Dubaians (I made that up) could jet to the Alps (oops...Alpine glaciers are melting too).

Chris



sandra77  Thursday Feb 9 07:11 PM

Check out the lift lines. There is hardily anyone there.



lumberjim  Thursday Feb 9 07:25 PM

jackets are all the same. think they're rentals? or is that the ski patrol?



Griff  Thursday Feb 9 07:48 PM

I need pictures of some non-crazy Arabs. Please, somebody show me something that looks normal.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Feb 9 07:59 PM

The best thing about sking is the fresh mountain air and the scenery......uh. nevermind.



AureliusVin  Thursday Feb 9 09:03 PM

I can't imagine the energy needed to keep that thing running, nice waste of resources...




PhillipOnLine  Thursday Feb 9 09:19 PM

Does anyone else think it's stupid that they still have lifts?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 10 01:39 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by AureliusVin
I can't imagine the energy needed to keep that thing running, nice waste of resources...

Every once in a while, when the snow gets dirty, they shut off the power and trade their skis for surfboards.


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Feb 10 01:42 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by PhillipOnLine
Does anyone else think it's stupid that they still have lifts?
How else do you get from the bottom to the top with skis on?
Welcome to the Cellar, PhillipOnLine.


wolf  Friday Feb 10 02:04 AM

Are their women allowed to ski too, or is this just a toy for the boys? I mean you have to have chicks on the slopes, right? What's skiiing without snowbunnies?



mickja1  Friday Feb 10 09:04 AM

Ski poles make handy and lightweight woman-beating implements as well!



capnhowdy  Friday Feb 10 09:10 AM

I noticed they placed a few trees strategically in case anyone is feeling 'bono-ish'.
I wonder if the thingies on the walls are speakers playing 'Frankenstein' or are they refrigeration units?



Kitsune  Friday Feb 10 10:50 AM

Little known fact: the bear shown is the mascot of the Hamas and was also on holiday, still sporting the green flag of his home team.



tang  Friday Feb 10 01:01 PM

This is one of several large projects aimed at diversifying their economy. They want to build up their tourism industry because their oil wells are expected to run dry by 2016. I don't think I'll be making reservations for a middle-eastern vacation anytime soon, though.



Kitsune  Friday Feb 10 01:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by tang
They want to build up their tourism industry because their oil wells are expected to run dry by 2016.
Before they flipped on the air chillers, their wells were predicted to run dry by 2020.

Damn, I second the "waste of energy" comment. Ice rinks are cold, but they don't keep them cold enough to snow in!


ferret88  Friday Feb 10 03:25 PM

inFREAKINGcredible



Trilby  Friday Feb 10 03:38 PM

When Steve Martin became wealthy he bought some stuff: a gasoline-powered turtle neck sweater, an electric dog polisher...a fur sink. Then he bought some dumb stuff. Like this.



Elspode  Friday Feb 10 03:57 PM

Warning...this is an extremely politcally incorrect statement:

Does this mean we'll have to start calling them Sand *Eskimos* now?



Jordon  Saturday Feb 11 02:42 AM

Ahmed, look, I'm writting "Allah" in the snow...



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Feb 11 11:35 AM

The rich will still fly off to where ever the jet-set go to ski. This is a perk for the poor relations and the help.



Pancake Man  Saturday Feb 11 10:47 PM

Must be hard to ski without tripping over your burqa...



lumberjim  Saturday Feb 11 11:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
Warning...this is an extremely politcally incorrect statement:

Does this mean we'll have to start calling them Sand *Eskimos* now?
don't you mean snow niggers?


Brett's Honey  Sunday Feb 12 02:06 AM

I saw this when it was featured on "Modern Marvels". There are a couple kinds of gases being pumped through pipes under the snow, keeping it cold enough. It sounded like it was for the tourists, mostly. The project fell a couple months behind, so the mall opened on time but without the ski slopes ready. The instructors and other "ski help" arrived way too early also. These pictures look like the ones that were shown on TV before the slopes opened, and it looks like the people in the blue jackets are the instructors and the other help.



Aliantha  Sunday Feb 12 08:40 PM

We don't get snow anywhere near where I live and I've never even seen snow. If there was an indoor ski resort in the area, I'd go to it just for the fun of it.

I'm sure the less wealthy people in Dubai could quite possibly feel the same way I do.



seakdivers  Monday Feb 13 01:09 AM

Aliantha - I can bring you some - we will be in Brisbane in April. Actually we are staying with some friends that live in a town I can't pronounce. I'm emailing him right after this to find out how you spell it.



Griff  Monday Feb 13 06:55 AM

I suppose it isn't as big a waste of energy as GASCAR but it is pushing it.



Aliantha  Monday Feb 13 07:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by seakdivers
Aliantha - I can bring you some - we will be in Brisbane in April. Actually we are staying with some friends that live in a town I can't pronounce. I'm emailing him right after this to find out how you spell it.
But how will you keep it cold? lol


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