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India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE -

White week­ends If you’ve grown up on Christ­mas films like Ru­dolph The Red Nosed Rein­deer and Home Alone and have al­ways longed for a white Christ­mas, you now have a chance to frolic in snow, bang in the mid­dle of Pune. At FREEZE, a new snow park that opened last month, there is ice and snow all around. You can skate on real ice rinks, then watch the snow pil­ing up on the wooden rein­deer while sip­ping on steam­ing cap­puc­cino at the bar. Spread across 5,520 sq ft, this amuse­ment park housed in the busy Inorbit Mall, of­fers a mix of ad­ven­ture and fun . You can go ice skat­ing on real, sturdy ice sheets in the Arc­tic Circle sec­tion or play with soft snow in an­other area named the North Pole, a snow- themed park where you have snowflakes drop­ping on your head and turn­ing the en­tire area into a cot­tony white zone, rem­i­nis­cent of win­ters in the moun­tains.

An amuse­ment park needs its share of food and drinks, which the FREEZE Bar of­fers. If you can brave the 4° C tem­per­a­ture, sip on their iced teas and ice­whipped cof­fees or stay warm with a cup of steam­ing cap­puc­cino. With Pune’s pleas­ant win­ters, not too many have a wardrobe of heavy jack­ets and boots so the park pro­vides these to keep you warm in tem­per­a­tures that range from mi­nus 4 to 4° C inside the sprawl­ing snow park. The rates vary ac­cord­ing to the sec­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties. In the Arc­tic Circle, 30 min­utes of ice skat­ing costs Rs 225 which in­cludes ice skates, pro­tec­tive skat­ing gear and train­ing by pro­fes­sional in­struc­tors. In the North Pole, 30 min­utes of play time with the re­quired gear comes for a fee of Rs 225 while a com­bined pack­age of both sec­tions costs Rs 400. Where Third Floor, Inorbit Mall, Vi­man Na­gar, Na­gar Road Tel 65280305

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