Most people don’t equate Florida with snow. Of course, there’s a good reason for that. We only see occasional flurries every few years and the last time there was snow that actually stuck to the ground was in 1977.
However, despite having a subtropical climate, someone has decided to build an outdoor snow park in Florida.
We originally told you about this park about a year ago, when it was just an idea from the same guys who had brought Tree Hoppers Aerial Adventure Park to the state a few years ago. Since then, the snow park has been approved and construction has been going on for months, with a planned opening of November 2020.
Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park will feature snow tubing, snow play and a 10,000 square foot vendor filled Alpine Village. From their website:
Snowcat Ridge includes a 60-foot-tall, 400-foot-long snow tubing hill, along with a magic carpet lift which will whisk riders and their snow tubes to the top of the hill. Guests will be provided with single, tandem and 6-person family tubes to slide down the snow-covered slope.
After a few hours on the snow tubing hill, riders can make snow men or snow castles with REAL snow inside of our snow dome. And, for the very young riders, we’ll have a child-sized version of our snow hill, located inside of our snow dome.
And if all of that sounds exciting, evenings will be magical at Snowcat Ridge, with a light show on both the snow hill and in the snow dome unlike you’ve seen anywhere else in Florida.
The snow park will be located in west-central Florida, in Dade City, about 60 miles west of Walt Disney World, and 40 miles NNE of Tampa. It will be open seasonally.
There’s no mention of prices or a specific opening date yet. However according to That’s So Tampa, they’re in the midst of securing vendors for the Alpine Village.
“Some folks think it’s impossible to experience snow tubing and the joy of snow in Florida, but our team is all about making the impossible, possible.” says Mark Bremer, Creative Director of Snowcat Ridge. “The new alpine snow park will be unique in all regards and our team is thrilled to be launching in November 2020.”
Snowcat Ridge’s website is still only 1 page long, but offers the opportunity for emailed updates.
See you on the slope?
Feature Photo: Snowcat Ridge
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