Snow in Florida? Here is where you can find it
If you’re looking for a taste of winter in the Sunshine State, you’re in luck.
About a 90-minute drive from Orlando, Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park is located at 27839 St. Joe’s Road in Dade, and the attraction is bringing snow to Florida again this year.
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The park produces tons of snow each day to keep the Arctic Igloo Indoor Play Dome on ice for visitors. You can throw snowballs, make snow angels, and kids can slide down the snowy bunny slopes.
“It’s a lot of technology and a little bit of magic. We are able to get real real wet frozen snow,” said Snowcat Ridge spokesperson Winston McDaniel, a Snowcat Ridge spokesperson.
The park has also installed an ice rink with a new crystal bar that lights up at night.
“Best advice is layering, a concept foreign to Florida residents. You’ll need a jacket inside the Arctic Igloo and the Crystal Ribbon ice rink, but you may want to take it off in other parts of the park and slide down the slopes.
What Snowcat Ridge is known for are its 60-foot-high snowy slopes. It’s not real snow on the slopes, but it does give you the feeling of sliding down a snowy hill in the alps. Starting from the bottom, pick up the tube. Then the moving sidewalk takes you to the top of the slopes. You are assigned a lane and then slide down 400 feet.
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“We have single passenger tubes and tandem tubes so you can ride with your friends. It’s actually faster when you ride alongside someone (because) the weight distribution is absolutely perfect. We also have family tubes where you can fit seven or eight people on a tube.”
Snowcat Ridge also has a village of food trucks, a bar with drinks, and private wooden huts that you can rent at the Eskimo Outpost overlooking the snowy slopes.
Tickets vary by day and start at around $27. The snow park is expected to remain open until March, weather permitting.
Inside tip: Dress in layers and bring gloves to the indoor play dome at the igloo. It’s freezing inside but much warmer outside.
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