https://www.inthesnow.com/?p=63542&preview=trueI Never Knew You Could Ski There: Egypt
Of all the countries that might spring to mind when you try to think of a country where you can’t ski, Egypt may be high on the list. Known as a dry, fairly low-lying, sandy and dusty nation, the chances of natural snowfall are rare.
There was great excitement in mid-December 2013 when snowfall was reported in capital Cairo for, media reported, “the first time in over a century.” This immediately led to a pandemic of shared faked pictures of snow-covered pyramids which it might have been possible to ski down if the snow had been real. Alas the snow was such a dusting it disappeared as soon as it landed.
There’s a slightly higher chance of snowfall on Mount Kātrīnā, Egypt’s highest point at 2,642m, which does occasionally get a dusting, more than once a century, just not enough for skiing.
So we have to head indoors, to Ski Egypt, one of two year-round indoor snow centres and owned by the same company as Ski Dubai. Opened in 2017 it markets itself as the biggest snow park in Africa, spread across 22,000m2 with 7,000 tons (over 600,000kg) of snow spread across it.
Ski facilities may be limited in Egypt, but that has not stopped national ambitions. Skier Khaled El-Shebokshy is International Ski Federation (FIS) registered and represented Egypt in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the country’s first appearance at a Winter Games since Sarajevo in 1984.
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