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July 24, 2006

Skiing in Dallas?

New Article about an Indoor Skiing facility in Dallas from Freeskier:

What does $375 million buy? Just the chance to ski in Dallas. That’s right, Texas could be home to a $375 million year round ski slope if developers have their way. The Bearfire Group has announced plans to design and build the Coolzone Winterplex, a new winter-themed entertainment venue and sports park in Dallas, Texas.

If skiing in Texas sounds, well, not that sweet, it gets worse. Rather than using man-made snow, the Bearfire group has hired a British firm to install an artificial skiing “surface”. The surface will be the foundation for a 60-acre, 20-story outdoor ski and snowboard mountain which will be surfaced with the Snowflex surface system that mimics real packed powder and provides qualities and conditions like those of mountain snow (somehow we're not convinced), and the "mountain" will be complete with chair lifts, a snowboard park with competition half pipe, toboggans, and snow tubing.


Unfortunately, Freeskier was unable to get Charlie Aaron to return calls asking him to compare his "the most unique and thrilling entertainment experiences on the planet" with a day of heli skiing in Alaska. Queries regarding the quality of the Snowflex "snow" when compared to Alta blower also went unanswered.

I say awesome. This might thin out the green circle Texans that bug everyone at Wolf Creek.

Reality is anything that promotes the sport and attracts new people is a good thing. It is unfortunate that the sport has become so expensive that most people even living near a resort cannot afford to ski and that it is dominated by destination skiing for the wealthy. But if wealthy Texans want to donate money to my resort after experiencing "skiing" in Dallas, so be it. My condo and season passes are paid for and the extra money helps our locals make a decent living and live in heaven instead of the big city. Locals depend on out of town dollars to pay the bills and the more people that try and enjoy the sport, the more money that flows into Colorado and Utah.

Posted by Justin at July 24, 2006 11:53 AM