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At Snowcat Ridge opening day, it’s snowing in Florida

The Dade City snow park reopened this week and plans to stay open until March.
Broc Turner, 16, of Tampa, slides down a single lane of the Snowy Slopes attraction with his cousin, Bishop Griffin, 4, of Jacksonville, while visiting the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park during opening day on Wednesday in Dade City.
Broc Turner, 16, of Tampa, slides down a single lane of the Snowy Slopes attraction with his cousin, Bishop Griffin, 4, of Jacksonville, while visiting the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park during opening day on Wednesday in Dade City. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Nov. 10

Dade City’s Snowcat Ridge, which markets itself as Florida’s first and only alpine snow park, opened Wednesday with an added ice rink, private igloos for rent and upgraded food options.

The park has expanded its 400-foot-long snow tubing hill to add more lanes, and the 10,000-square-foot Arctic Igloo indoor snow play area will have 100,000 pounds of snow created daily. It plans to stay open through March 27.

The park’s new ice rink, known as Crystal Ribbon, is an outdoor skating rink with a beginner’s oval. Tickets for the park include two hours on the tubing hill and all-day access to the skating rink, though skates are not provided. Customers may bring their own or rent them for $9.95.

Visitors to Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park gather at the entrance during opening day on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at 27839 St Joe Rd, in Dade City. The park has expanded its 400-foot-long snow tubing hill to add more lanes, and the 10,000-square-foot Arctic Igloo indoor snow play area will have 100,000 pounds of snow created daily.
Visitors to Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park gather at the entrance during opening day on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at 27839 St Joe Rd, in Dade City. The park has expanded its 400-foot-long snow tubing hill to add more lanes, and the 10,000-square-foot Arctic Igloo indoor snow play area will have 100,000 pounds of snow created daily. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Visitors stream onto the ramp leading to the Snowy Slopes during the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park’s opening day on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at 27839 St Joe Rd, in Dade City.
Visitors stream onto the ramp leading to the Snowy Slopes during the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park’s opening day on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at 27839 St Joe Rd, in Dade City. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
David Roberts, of Spring Hill, decorates a tree while working at Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park moments after the park was opened to the public on Wednesday.
David Roberts, of Spring Hill, decorates a tree while working at Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park moments after the park was opened to the public on Wednesday. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
From left: Sebastian Cabrera, Ivan Gonzalez, Dylan Gonzalez, Yarick Gonzalez, Marianne Cruz, Jose Gonzalez and Yadira Cabrera, all of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, stream down the single lanes of the Snowy Slopes attraction at the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park during opening day on Wednesday.
From left: Sebastian Cabrera, Ivan Gonzalez, Dylan Gonzalez, Yarick Gonzalez, Marianne Cruz, Jose Gonzalez and Yadira Cabrera, all of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, stream down the single lanes of the Snowy Slopes attraction at the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park during opening day on Wednesday. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
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Jordan Bielunski, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, center, tests the ice on the Crystal Ribbon ice rink while working at the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park during opening day on Wednesday.
Jordan Bielunski, of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, center, tests the ice on the Crystal Ribbon ice rink while working at the Snowcat Ridge alpine snow park during opening day on Wednesday. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

If you go

Snowcat Ridge: The alpine snow park features a 400-foot-long snow tubing hill, ice skating and snow to play in. Alpine Village features vendors selling crafts, food and drink.

When: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 10 to March 27.

Where: 27839 Saint Joe Road, Dade City. 813-576-1450. snowcatridge.com.

Admission: All-day tickets start at $26.95. Ice skates can be rented for $9.95. Parking is $15.