With a quick trip to Chamonix only a couple of weeks away I’ve been studying the resort snow reports looking for signs of hope. Over the next 7 days the forecast say there could be as little as 21cm of snow. Even the local reporters are sounding somewhat downcast.
Dubai may now be the destination ski resort, with the best snow east of Aspen. Their SkiDubai resort may be the only place you’ll be able to ski inside a decade. Imagine the queues as all of Europe’s ski fans descend on Dubai, mixing a few days in the snow with a sun tan, a splash at Wild Wadi and the purchase of a few luxury watches. Even if the dollar falls to three to the pound, Dubai will still look attractive with its currency pegged to the dollar. There won’t be enough hotel rooms or airline seats, despite all the expansion, to handle the influx of tourists. Better build some more palm islands.
Apparently in 2008, they’ll be opening a new resort so as to cement their lock on the European ski market:
A second Dubai indoor ski slope is the Dubai Sunny Mountain Ski Dome in Dubailand which is due to open in 2008. It will provide a great attraction, featuring a revolving ski slope, an artificial mountain range, an ice bridge, a cable lift, a snow maze, an ice slide, polar bears cold water-aquaria and special sound and light effects.
I’m surprised they felt the need for a revolving ski slope – I’ve found that most slopes do that as I tumble down them, head over heels.
Jokes about the Dubai Sheikhs being responsible for the very global warming phenomonen that will make their resort the only place in the world that you can ski will not be welcome.