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10 hidden gems for ski enthusiasts

By: Josh Lew on April 1, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
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Ski Dubai

When you first hear about a ski resort in Dubai, you might think that it has something to do with strapping on a snowboard and riding down the fine sands of the Arabian Peninsula's trademark dunes.  Ski Dubai, however, is an indoor snow-ski destination with five runs and a full menu of other snow-based activities. 

Real snow is made year-round at Ski Dubai, so skiers will find consistent conditions 365 days per year, even though this place lacks mountain scenery and the runs are not long enough for true alpine enthusiasts. An adjacent climbing wall and water park make it possible to have a complete adventure vacation without having to once head out into the hot Arabian sun.