Skiing in Texas? Hell yeah, ya'll The Wall Street Journal reported today that a group of investors plan to build a ski resort near Dallas called Bear Fire. It will uses squishy, spongy astro-turf type snow called Snowflex.
See video animation of the concept here.
As most skiers have probably figured out, Texans love to ski. Texans made up 6.5% of all visits to Rocky Mountain area ski resorts last year, second only to Coloradans, according to a survey by the National Ski Areas Association, a trade group in Lakewood, Colo. Sometimes, it can seem like they make up a good deal more than 6.5%.
The group plans to open the resort in the fall of 2009.
But Snowflex parks have a tendency to built a lot of interest from the press, and nothing else. A few have been built in the UK, but one I wrote about that was slated to be built in Castle Rock or Golden never materialized. As far as I know, there are none in the United States.
For all of you who think a ski resort in Dallas might keep Texans away from Colorado, beware. The article suggested it could act as a nursery: nuturing new skiers who then head to the slopes in Colorado.
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