$309 Million Extreme Sports Complex With 14-Story Indoor Ski Mountain Planned For Central Florida
Plans were unveiled this week for a proposed $309 million extreme sports resort, including a 14-story indoor ski hill, in Kissimmee, Fla. near Orlando's other major tourist attractions. Approval is needed from the Osceola County officials. If approved in this tourism/business-friendly county, the facility could open by early 2018.
The project comes from a company called Xero Gravity Action Sports. Skiers and snowboarders will share the "mountain" with nine tubing lanes and a snowball fighting arena.
The 75-acre site is at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 192 and State Road 535, four miles east of Celebration, Fla.
According reports in Orlando media, the project will include plenty of warm-weather attractions -- which seems to make a bit more sense for Central Florida. It also includes a Hyatt-branded 250-room hotel.
There will be a five-acre surf pool with up to 10-foot waves; boogie boarding area; 25,000 square foot indoor/outdoor skateboard park; USA-BMX-sanctioned race track; two skydiving pods; 20,000 square foot indoor dodge ball/trampoline arena; rapid river; 140-foot climbing wall; zip-lining throughout the park; two 14-story water slides; jump zones with 20-120 foot free falls; and an interactive four-story climbing/zipline/ropes challenge course.
"Our company is creating the next step in the tourism sports industry," said Xero Gravity founder and CEO Larry Walshaw. "we are developing a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment resort which provides unique hands-on experiences." The project is expected to mean 1,000 jobs for the area.
Similar complexes with indoor skiing have operated for a number of years in the U.K., with the largest in the world located in Dubai. Several attempts, notably in New Jersey and Las Vegas, have been announced but have not come to fruition.
Photo: Rendering of Extreme Sports complex planned for Florida (Zero Gravity Extreme Sports)