Undertoad Thursday Feb 9 05:41 PM
2/9/2006: Indoor ski resort
BigV Thursday Feb 9 05:54 PM
Doesn't look very cold.
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
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
xoxoxoBruce Friday Feb 10 01:42 AM
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'.
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
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
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:
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
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.
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