News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Over 100 Engineers Working On 2.6km Indoor Ski Slope For Abu Dhabi (28-Jul-08)

Snow Hunter's Snow News, July 28, 2008 - Abu Dhabi’s National newspaper ( has reported

Abu Dhabi’s National newspaper ( has reported that a team of 114 German engineers have been laying ground works for what will be by far the biggest indoor snow slope in the world at Jebel Hafeet at 2.6km (1.7 miles) long. That is five times longer than the existing longest indoor slopes in Holland and Germany and six and a half times longer than neighbour Ski Dubai. The full area of the slope will be 337,000 square metres, about ten times the largest indoor slope area at present.

Reports say that sections of the slope, although possibly not all, will be indoors, with movable sections to allow different slope configurations. Parts of the slope will also be supported by stilts and there will be an indoor ski jump. The development, called Jebel Hafeet Glacier, will also include a theme park, golf courses, two hotels and a retail area at the base of the mountain called.

Full construction work on what is reported to be “A massive green community” is due to commence in October at Jebel Hafeet, the best known of Abu Dhabi’s mountains. A solar energy farm at one corner of the mountain will provide an as yet undisclosed proportion of the energy requirements.

The project still needs final approval from the Government because the mountain has historic sites and a hot springs area set up by the late Sheikh Zayed. Jebel Hafeet rises about 1,240 metres; the highest mountain in the UAE is Jabal Yibir, which is 1,527 metres. It is coped construction will be completed by 2013 and that it could then host International Ski Federation competitions.

The development is being implemented by Tamouh, part of the Royal Group, a holding company owned by Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed al Nahyan. Mr  Joe Ong, chief executive of Tamouh Investments, described it as the eighth wonder of the world. Temperatures at the base of the mountain are currently around 45°C at midday.

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