Out of the desert and onto the ski slope! If you don't think skiing is possible in Egypt, think again. Only 30 km from Cairo, wintersports enthusiasts can indeed find some pistes. While Ski Egypt does not compare to ski resorts in the mountains, the skiing hall definitely makes for a proper cooling, and plenty of fun in the snow.
The Egyptian North Pole
Visit the pyramids in the morning, and go skiing in the afternoon - that's possible thanks to Africa's first indoor ski resort. Ski Egypt is located less than 20km/12.4mi away from the famous Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. The skiing hall is located inside Mall of Egypt in 6th of October City near Cairo.
On 22,000 square metres, about 7,000 tons of snow, and a temperature of -2°C make for winter feeling 365 days a year. As this is extremely frosty by Egyptian standards, the hall is also called the 'Egyptian North Pole'.
The slope is about 210m/689ft long, and features five runs for different skill levels. Beginners use the flat slope by the magic carpet. If you are more experienced, take the button lift to the more challenging section. However, you should not expect to find any black runs.
Discovery, group, and private lessons for skiers and snowboarders are offered at the ski school. Afterwards, Ice Café and Snowflake Café invite you for a hot chocolate, crêpes, and jacket potatoes.
The necessary ski equipment and helmets for children can be rented at the skiing hall. Winter jackets and ski trousers are also available for rent. Only hats and gloves need to be brought along or bought at the shop for sanitary reasons.
Winter Fun at the Snow Park
Apart from the ski slopes, there is also a 7,500 square metre snow park, featuring numerous winter attractions. From snow tubing and bobsleigh to a 170m/558ft snow rocket run, it promises an action-packed time. Or try something new, and roll down the slope inside a zorb ball. Young children explore the playground and the climbing wall, or go on a train ride with the Polar Express.
A particular highlight for visitors: watching the ten gentoo and chinstrap penguins on their journey four times a day. If you want to learn more about the animals, you can get closer and even watch them underwater at a Penguin Encounter.