DADE CITY, Fla. - Florida's only snow park is back open, giving Floridians a blast of winter weather.
Now in its third year, Snowcat Ridge, which bills itself as Florida's first and only Alpine snow park, is a family-friendly attraction that answers the question, "What if Florida had snow days?"
It was originally scheduled to open last week, but got pushed back because of Tropical Storm Nicole.
It's an outdoor attraction in Dade City that features a 60-foot tall, 400-foot-long snow tubing hill. Riders can tube down the hill in either a single, double, or family-sized tube at speeds that can hit almost 30 miles an hour.
Snowcat Ridge bills itself as Florida's only snow park.
"New for Snowcat Ridge this year is we basically took everything we did amazing last year and expanded on it," said marketing manager Winston McDaniel.
That means even more real snow in the arctic igloo, an expanded outdoor ice-skating rink and, of course, the crown jewel is the 400-foot snowy slopes, which are faster than in the past.
The Wright family from Tampa experienced the snow park for the first time on Friday.
"It is really nice because it is usually just really hot and the closest thing you get to cold is a freshly filled pool," said 10-year-old Emma Wright.
"It’s been right out of my dreams playing in the snow, seeing my kids having fun we've been smiling all day," her mom Carrie Wright stated.
When day turns to night, the park lights up like a Christmas tree, featuring light shows synchronized to music.
"Hard to get on the beach. We want you to feel like you’re transported away from Florida," McDaniel said.
Snowcat Ridge also has an outdoor skating rink.
The park opened in November 2020, giving Floridians the chance to go tubing on its slopes and play with real snow inside an igloo. However, it did face some hiccups during its inaugural season. Operators had to shorten the hours when they couldn't produce enough snow.
Snowcat Ridge is open now through February.
Ticket prices start at $26.95. General admission includes two hours of snow tubing and all-day access to the Arctic Igloo, Alpine Village, and Crystal Ribbon. Prices do not include ice skate rentals.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.