When it is 40 degrees centigrade, waxing the skis and heading to the slopes may seem a little bizarre, unless of course it’s Ski Dubai – the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. The unique, mountain-themed attraction opened last November and has 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and steepness. Its huge interactive Snow Park, at 3000 square metres, is the largest indoor snow park in the world.
Scenic Route, the York based theming and scenic contractors were awarded the contract to produce the artificial trees within the resort. They were commissioned to produce forty, six metre high artificial Scots Pine trees. The trees had to be built to withstand chilling to 28 degrees and would stand in a 2 metre thick snow pack within the 25 storey ski slope.
“In our workshop in Dubai we constructed the trees in outside temperatures in excess of 100 degrees, with the structural integrity to not only withstand the dramatic drop in temperature, but also to support ice formation on the branches and real snowfalls overnight of up to 30 tons” said Colin Pyrah, managing director of Scenic Route, “with the help of Bentley Chemicals, who supplied the E~Z Spray foam and GRP materials for the production of the replica bark, we built and installed the trees in 10 weeks. They are withstanding the rigours of the frigid environment with the occasional out-of-control skier crashing into them.”