Ski Dubai to host a free skiing and snowboarding competition this August

The free-to-enter event is open to all competent racers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders

Dubai Sports Council and Ski Dubai are hosting a snowboarding competition in August 2020. Supplied
Dubai Sports Council and Ski Dubai are hosting a snowboarding competition in August 2020. Supplied

If you’re on the lookout for ways to keep cool this summer, it doesn’t get much better than snow sports. The Dubai Sports Council has collaborated with Ski Dubai to organise a ski and snowboarding competition on Saturday, August 15.

The Return to Safe Sport competition is open to all competent racers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders. Those entering should have previous competition experience, be able to safely ski down a slalom course on the black run or be competent on the rails and jumps.

The competition is free to enter and open to anyone over the age of 6.

The event will be divided into four snow sports disciplines, including the Alpine speed disciplines of slalom skiing and giant slalom, and two freestyle disciplines: slopestyle and big air. The competition will be judged by a panel of freestyle judges and competitors stand the chance of winning medals as well as prizes, including tickets for Vox Cinemas, Ski Dubai and iFly Dubai, or lunch at Ski Dubai restaurant North 28.

“Ski Dubai is proud to collaborate with Dubai Sports Council to launch the world’s first snow sports competition since the Covid-19 closures. Dubai is leading the way and showing the rest of the world that, when the right measures are in place, sporting events and competitions can safely resume,” says Mohammad El Etri, director of global snow operations and projects at Majid Al Futtaim.

The competition has been organised as part of Ski Dubai’s ongoing efforts to encourage a safe return to snow sports following the easing of restrictions. It is part of Dubai Sports Council’s DXB Snow Week, which also includes the DXB Snow Run, a first-of-its-kind three-kilometre race through the snow for UAE residents between the ages of 18 and 62, on Friday, August 14.

Health and safety guidelines and social-distancing regulations have been put in place.

More information is at skidxb.com and registrations can be done through the Ski School.

Updated: August 19, 2020 06:36 PM

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