Ski Dubai hosted the DXB Snow Week ©Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai hosted a series of events in collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council last month as part of the inaugural DXB Snow Week, marking one of the few times since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that snow sports competitions could be held.

With social-distancing measures in place, more than 400 participants were in attendance.

Alpine skiers, freestyle skiers and snowboarders all competed in four disciplines - slalom, giant slalom, slopestyle and big air - with the event culminating in an awards ceremony.

Winners were presented with medals as well as a selection of prizes by representatives from Ski Dubai and the Dubai Sports Council.

The Dubai Snow Run, which also took place, saw more than 300 people from 46 countries compete over three laps of the indoor facility, creating a course 3.5 kilometres long.

"Events such as DXB Snow Week are key to encouraging guests to safely return to Ski Dubai and sports following months of temporary closures," said Mohammed El Etri, director of Majid Al Futtaim Leisure and Entertainment which runs Ski Dubai.

"We have hosted one of the first snow sports competition since the COVID-19 closures, showing the rest of the world that, when the right measures are in place, business and sporting events can safely resume. 

"DXB Snow Week is also aligned with our goals to make the UAE and Ski Dubai an international destination for sport and consolidates our commitment to support the UAE’s efforts of encouraging an active lifestyle."

Saeed Hareb, the secretary general of Dubai Sports Council, also added his praise for the event, saying it was a good way for young athletes to develop their skills.