Skiing is a favourite pastime for many Canadians, and we have our fair share of resorts to choose from. But today, we’re thinking outside the box. We’ve zeroed in on ten ski sports around the world that had us thinking, “We can ski there? Really?” Yes, it seems we can. From South America to the Persian Gulf, pack your skis: We’re going on a winter adventure!
You may be wondering just where in the city of Dubai a snow-capped mountain may be hiding. We’ll be honest: There isn’t one. And yet many people flock to the largest-populated city within the United Arab Emirates to get in some powder time. Where, you ask? At Ski Dubai, which is an indoor ski area, and also a part of the Mall of the Emirates. But this isn’t just a tiny recreational area. It’s a grandiose mountain with five slopes, lifts, a snow park, and two cafes.
Sand, sun, surf… and ski? Hawaii is one for the world’s top destinations for relaxation and soaking up some rays, but the Aloha State actually boasts a snow-covered mountain that offers a great ski experience. Mauna Kea – Hawaiian for ‘white mountain’ – is a dormant volcano and Hawaii’s highest peak, and while it may not have the facilities or amenities that many of us are used to on ski hills, it is still a popular spot for locals to ski and snowboard during the months of January and February.
The Beach Boys may have sung about California girls, all tanned and bikini-clad, but they forgot to mention snowsuits and ski goggles! Away from the sandy beaches rests the Sierra Valley, a mountain range across the states of California and Nevada. And Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the U.S., is the ultimate ski destination come winter. With a handful of resorts and hundreds of lifts, we’re sure you’ll be anxious to pack your ski boots instead of your flip-flops next time you hit the West Coast.
We can tell you that a visit to the Oukaimeden Ski Resort, close to Marrakesh, is certainly a unique experience. It doesn’t get much snow, there are donkeys that take you up the mountain (don’t worry, there are lifts as well), and the pistes allegedly aren’t always well-maintained or groomed. But whatever it may be lacking in amenities, it is one of the few raw and quaint ski areas out there.