Skiing in the desert with Ski DXB

It’s the first thing that you think of when you live in the desert…let’s go skiing!!

When we first moved here we were intrigued by the novelty of being in minus 4 degrees with real snow when just outside was glorious warm sunshine. It also made us think about how much power and energy was needed to control this and how ‘green’ the whole concept was, but that’s me going off on another tangent.

I’ve been a few times and absolutely loved it. It’s something fun to do, gives you a little bit of exercise and encourages you to dream of all the fantastic ski holiday you are missing out on because your hubby doesn’t ski.

Fast forward eight years and we are off to Verbier next week for our first family ski trip with friends. Only issue is, hubby and three year old can’t ski.  So we sign up quickly for some classes at Ski Dubai to make sure that the chance of them killing themselves, in Switzerland on the slopes with no experience, is reduced.


As you know, three year olds are fearless. They have this false bravado that allows them to attempt everything head on, so I thought this would be a great age to introduce my daughter to the joy of skiing.

She couldn’t have been more excited when I told her we were going skiing and she couldn’t wait to play in the snow. I explained how cold it would be and she didn’t seem to mind. She even said she had played in snow twice before. This is when it dawned on me that her encounter with ice water has been on Christmas Eve at the Madinat where they pump out ‘snow’. The kids get to roll about and make snow angles with the fluffy substance whilst still experiencing 28 degree sunshine. I was concerned that once on the slopes and faced with a freezing temperature that she may not be so excited.

My advice is to book your class online the day before. That way you can ensure you get the class / time slot that you want and also don’t need to stand in the massive queues of people who aren’t really sure what they are doing. Remember to book a locker for your bag and stuff if you are going into the snow to play, ski or just to watch your little one.

The whole set up is really slick and well run.  A class for kids beginners (discovery class) is AED 180 and this is for an hour. With that fee, they get ski suit, socks, skis and poles. Make sure you bring their own gloves and hat because you will need them. If you forget, you can always pick some up in the ski shop. Kids under 13 MUST wear a helmet and this is also provided with your fee.

To wear under the snow suit, I suggested a thermal top and leggings for kids and my little one wears another jumper on top. A jumper and jeans or comfy trousers also work as the snow suit is pretty cozy. If you wish to go in, you can pay an additional AED 80 for snow suit and boots.

Fast forward an hour and she’s back in the warmth.  She said she loved it, but when asked if she wanted to go again, she said no. Her gloves kept falling of her tiny hands and her little hands were freezing.

She has been twice now and has one more class before we hit the real slopes in Verbier – wish us luck!


Discover Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East! An amazing mountain-themed wintery set-ting where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, take part in many snow events and meet and play with Ski Dubai’s newest residents; the Snow Penguins!

Here’s a little snippet of how she did first lesson – not to shabbby.

Ski Dubai is located in Mall of the Emirates

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