Snow Resort Planned For Florida

An outdoor real-snow fun park is due to open in the famously hot and largely flat US state of Florida this autumn.

Snowcat Ridge will feature am 18 metre (60 feet) high hill with multiple tubing lanes down its 122 metre (400 feet) long slope.  A conveyor lift will be used to get visitors up the slope.

“The snow hill will feature real snow along with single, double and 6-person family tubes,” according to the centre’s website.

Snowcat Ridge will also have an Alpine Village and 930 square metre (10,000-square-foot) indoor snow play dome for families with younger children where visitors will be able to build snowmen out of real snow.

With many construction projects currently on hold in North America due to the pandemic, doubts had been expressed that the facility would make its planned 2020 opening date, but Winston McDaniel, Marketing Manager for Snowcat Ridge Snow Park, told FOX 35 News that the park is coming to Dade City before Christmas.

“At this time, construction is underway and we are still on track for a November 2020 opening, as we get closer to Fall we will have more updates to release,” added Mr McDaniel.

After more than 30 years of failed proposals the first indoor snow facility in North America, PigeonForge Snow, an indoor snow tubing centre, opened in Tennessee in 2018, followed by the BigSnow indoor ski slope in New Jersey which had been mothballed for more than a decade.

The Triple Five group behind BigSnow (below) have previously announced a second indoor snow slope would be built as part of a giant mall and leisure complex in Florida, but its status is currently unknown.

There have also been several short-term outdoor snow tubing centres in the US but Snowcat Ridge appears to be the first permanent facility of this type in North America and possibly anywhere.

Florida rarely sees natural snow although it does occasionally get a brief covering.