The DFW region usually isn't a destination that first comes to mind when thinking about skiing, snowboarding, or nearby places to go to hit the slopes. The average temperature in what are traditionally the coldest months of the year here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is right around 60 degrees, and when it comes to mountains, or even large hills for that matter, we're not really equipped with that kind of terrain either.
But despite the warm climate and rather flat, prairie-like setting, a group of developers, along with Hard Rock International, still want to bring a little taste of winter to the heart of Texas by building a monster $215 million indoor ski resort over in nearby Grand Prairie.
Although financing still needs to be approved and nothing is official as of now, the planned Grand Alps Resort and Hard Rock Hotel will be located right off Belt Line Road, just north of Interstate 30, and feature 300 hotel rooms, two restaurants, a spa, a rooftop pool and exercise facilities, and of course the indoor ski resort with a 300 foot tall, 1,200 foot long ski slope, an indoor ice climbing wall, a luge track, and a winter wonderland play area.
While the idea may sound extreme, developers have already completed a number of similar projects, most notably in a shopping mall in Dubai—one of the hottest cities in United Arab Emirates.
According to reports, the project is 85% financed, and when finished will be just slightly smaller than AT&T Stadium and have room for more than 2,000 skiers at a time, with snowboarding, slalom runs, and so much more. Groundbreaking is planned for sometime in 2015, with the hotel-resort expected to make its Grand Opening in early 2018.