By Duncan Mackay in Dubai
British Internet Sports Writer of the Year

April 28 - Edgar Grospiron (pictured), the chief executive of Annecy's bid to host the 2018 Olympics and Paralympics, today experienced Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East.

Grospiron, crowned as the the first Olympic moguls skiing champion at Albertville in 1992, is visiting the United Arab Emirates as part of the French delegation lobbying on Annecy's behalf.

The team at Ski Dubai who have been able to make 30 tons of fresh dry powder snow fall each night for the last four years when the centre is closed, have now developed the technology to make real snow fall during the daytime when the snow park is open.

The 22,500 square metres resort is part of the Mall of the Emirates and features an 85-meter high indoor mountain with 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty, including a 400-meter-long run, the world's first indoor black run, and a 90-meter-long quarter pipe for snowboarders.

Grospiron said: "Winter sport is all my life.

"And I really wanted to experience skiing in its astonishing environment."

Annecy, along with its rivals for the 2018 Games, Munich and Pyeongchang, is using the SportAccord here to promotes its bid.

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